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Poetry Mask by Drocan Poetry Mask by Drocan
Dyed and antiqued leather. The lettering was achieved with a fine point sharpie while flat and simply being very, very careful when wetting and sculpting. Preserved with a wax finish.
Text is verse I of "Hollow Men" by T.S. Elliot.

This particular mask is reserved for a client, but let me know if you're interested and I can make a similar one for you.
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ice-deathrunes Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
that is so very cool. it's simple, but is full of character. well done.
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Michi8 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
How did you achieve that wonderful, old wood mahogany look?
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Drocan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student General Artist
About three different shades of brown leather dye, applied in a highly uneven pattern so the overall color was less uniform.
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Michi8 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Ahh, brilliant! It's a stunning effect.
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djailledie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!
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AShoreNeverReached Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
that's really cool. i love the script you used.
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Drocan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student General Artist
I just "used" my normal handwriting. In cursive, mind, which I never do, but when I do that's what it looks like. When I'm trying to be particularly neat. Which, given such an occasion formal enough to warrant cursive, I suppose I inevitably always am.
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AShoreNeverReached Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
that's pretty impressive. it looks really uniform.
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Drocan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student General Artist
I wrote it out while the mask was still flat, and sculpted it after. I don't think I would have been able to keep the lines consistent at all trying to work around the curves like that.
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KaytanaPhoenix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the effects on it :)
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CTunmasked Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOVE it- I've been wanting to do a mask with writing on it for a while, and yours is just more inspiration to do so!
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Drocan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks. I was worried for a while, but a little experimenting showed me that a nice sharp pen will provide both the "tooling" and the "painting" if done correctly. It's the dampness that's the key. Too wet and the ink won't hold, but too dry and you can't properly tool the leather. Then just be extremely careful when you wet and form it so the ink doesn't run and you don't rub out your impressions.
I'm glad you like it!
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CTunmasked Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good to know!
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indy-lover Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
I really love this one :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice handwriting. Way to keep it straight and even as well! :D
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Drocan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks. Totally freehand, actually. I think they turned out quite straight, although the first lines are closer together than the later ones.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! ^^

A bit, yeah, but that doesn't really affect the olde cool writing look of it. ;-)
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