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Owl Mask 2

Seriously, that styrafoam head should be here ANY DAY NOW.
(Someday, my styrafoam head will arrive...SOME DAY!)

Another take at the owl design, but this time I wanted to try something close to realism. And...honestly, it's much easier. This may just be because of my particular background, I grant you, but there is a kind of ruthless perfection demanded by extreme stylization, whereas if you realize something's a trifle off center with a more realistic paint job, a bit of paint and some scumbling can fix it up.

Still, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I pushed the eyebrows much harder in this one, and they come out and down much more strongly than the last one.

This is a very large mask--it extends well out from the face and doesn't flatten against it at all, which I think works here because, y'know, owls....but I'm going to have to try some smaller bird masks that conform more closely to the head. If I keep going like this, they'll be the size of dinner plates and look vaguely like the kachina Tawa, and that would be silly.

I'll probably put this one up on e-bay, so watch for links!

ETA: Actually, I'm going out of town Thursday, and a good buddy really really wants this particular color, so I'm just gonna do another one and put it on ebay NEXT week. That way I'm not trying to fill an order in a timely fashion from Baltimore. (And hey, patterns! Moderate repeatability! Who knew?

So I'm sitting here, debating the authorship of medieval poems, and my roommate says "You have to check livejournal. Right. Now."

Next thing I know I'm staring at an AWESOME owl mask and my whole morning is filled with the joy of seeing something that just makes you happy.

Well. There goes MY nerd rage for the day. XD

oooooooooooooooo you'll kill me if you do a dragon or bunneh

Yes.

Edited at 2012-01-03 01:34 am (UTC)

You know you can pick up a styrofoam head at Sally Beauty Supply for pretty cheap, and they're usually always in stock...

cannot...stop....staring at icon....

I love it! It's gorgeous. Abso-blooming-lutely gorgeous.

Agreed. When I opened LiveJournal, my jaw dropped, and I said (slightly garbled from the still-dropped jaw), "That is GORGEOUS."

I shall whimper when it goes on e-bay and swiftly escapes a price I could dream of paying.

I think it's you. I always find doing little tweaks to make something balanced to be a lot easier, and I've been doing abstraction and stylization for a few decades.

That's lovely! The masks are coming out wonderfully.

but there is a kind of ruthless perfection demanded by extreme stylization, whereas if you realize something's a trifle off center with a more realistic paint job, a bit of paint and some scumbling can fix it up.

That reminds me of my college technical theatre class. This kid I was working with was supposed to be painting a flat some solid color and he did a really lousy job of it. When our boss came over to check on his progress the kid said "It's textured, to make it look more real" to which my boss replied "No, you just did a shitty job painting it. Do it over."

Wow. So pretty! I love your masks.


Wow!
Just fantastic!!!!

Or stop by Pier 1 and pick up a glass head

That. Owl. Is. Awesome.

...I don't suppose you could consider resting it on a solid background and making prints of a photo? *looks hopeful*

Sweet mother of moles, that's an owl alright!

Freakin' fantastic, this one! Well done.

Absolutely gorgeous. I love this one. I much prefer it over the first owl mask, which I actually thought was a panda mask until I hit the words "owl mask".

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