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Gryphon Leather, Feather Mask by windfalcon Gryphon Leather, Feather Mask by windfalcon
Originally with my first leather mask, the Autumn Gryphon mask, I planned on incorporating real feathers into the design. As I worked on it, however, I decided to keep it just leather without the feathers.

This mask, though, definitely called for feathers. As I painted it, I tried to mirror the red and iridescent green of the real feathers. The green on the mask is also iridescent, by use of an iridescent medium, so in certain light the green areas shimmer like the actual feathers do.

I'm still learning how to make these masks, but I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. I still have a ways to go before I get the hang of it, but I think I'm starting to learn. :D
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pranile Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful masks !
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HamraBDG Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow
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Ebrech Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This remind me of the Never ending movie, with the bird :)
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Ebrech Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this reminds me of never-ending story the movie, with the bird haha
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Cool Mask!!! You Have an AMAZING TALENT!!!
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Superfun22 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
THis is amazingly realistic! I can honestly say, this picture makes you look half gryphon!
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Okay, please tell me how we can submit something for a daily deviation???? This mask is so incredible the world needs to see it!
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oddfae Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Artist
This is fabulous...
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
holy cow! Great leatherwork! :D
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye :D
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Joanatha Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
e.O Oh my, this is just beautiful! You did a very good job on it!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is goregous! You seem to be a natural at transfering your art into mask form.
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ChatonRose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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ZarineBashire Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, that is pretty awesome.
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youngmoons Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful :]
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MsMistoffolees Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
is it going to be your profession?
because this one really looks very very well done!
wow, great work you did on tht
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, maybe not mask making, but I do have a Masters in illustration, so in a way it's my profession. :D Thanks!
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MsMistoffolees Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
illustration, uu, that sounds great...

well, i find it really cool, when people create, design, however.. things. and expecialy, when it looks quite well. and here i think its not only quite...

i love the autumn bird mask. that is my absolute favourite one... you must have a great patience fot doing this beautiful work
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abasss Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Great work! It's really hard to tell when the leather feathers end and the real ones begin. =D
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW! that is SO beyond amazing its unreal!
The feathers blend in so naturally and the painting is amazing.
Man, you can do anything D:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
These masks are really fun to do. I can't wait to make more :D
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes yes :D I wish I had the time space and ...want to make stuff like that! HAHAH!! I love to see it, I'm incredibly impressed, but i sure dont have the energy to put in it XD you seem to be a fountain of creativity XD
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AriandraRayne Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Student
With your wonderful blue eyes it reminded me of the bird thingy from Neverending story (if my memory hasn't failed me that's the movie I'm thinking of!)
Very nice work!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks :blushes: I actually never was able to watch through the entire movie since every time I tried to watch it as a kid, I would always get really upset when the horse died and would turn it off :( So I don't know the characters very well.
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AriandraRayne Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Student
I think it was the second one with Jonathan Brandis that I'm thinking of. I do agree though- for a children's movie the horse dying was a little rough.
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blacksent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
This is great stuff, Brenda. And I can tell you there is a pretty solid market in the pagan community for masks like this. Check out the WitchVox.com "Items for sale".
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I had nearly forgotten about WitchVox. The site has grown a lot since I was last there. I looked around again and found a rather interesting archer/rider by chance (or perhaps not by chance?) in the merchants section.

I would like to do some masks based on deities. There are so many possibilities (one idea was a Horus mask, complete with the Eye of Horus incorporated in).
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blacksent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Yes, WitchVox is huge now. The deities masks sound very cool. Some of the Celtic traditions use mask work in their ceremonies. I have a friend who uses Egyptian icons in his works. You've given me an idea for a possible birthday present for him. (Do you take mask commissions?)
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm thinking about it. I think once I've had enough practice and feel confident with shaping the leather, I may accept commissions for them. If you'd like, you could note me with your idea.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
I love gryphons a lot. I have made masks out of paper mache though. Never tried to make a mask out of leather..
A truly beautiful result with combining leather, feathers & paints to make this stunning mask. :clap: :hug: I love birds a lot. I can see you're getting better!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Paper mache seems to be a good mask-making medium. :) It's lightweight and much more forgiving than leather. If you don't get the shape of the leather right the first time, you're stuck with it. :( I'm still learning how to shape and dry it correctly.
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PocketSheep Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Beautiful work :)
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Oh man the feathers are definitely an awesome addition here! I can't even imagine trying one of these.. it just looks so damned hard...
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's definitely challenging and time-consuming, but not nearly as hard as it looks. You should take a look at *merimask's super-helpful mask-making tutorials here: [link] You should also check her masks out, too. They're absolutely stunning.
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Ooo.. tutorials are love! I'll definitely check her out. Thanks my dear!
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onichan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
PRUTTEEEE
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's so hard to balance masks on bushes D:
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onichan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

that was so wrong
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahahah I didn't even mean it that way. XD
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onichan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
giigggguuuuulllss
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Very lovely!
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SARS-08 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
This is gorgeous! I love how the feathers blend with the design on the leather. Wonderful work!:D
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yingmakes Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing mask! Looks very good!
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
What can I say? You're an artist of many talents!

PS. I bet people will want to buy these up like hotcakes. Gorgeous!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I sure hope so. I'm planning on having a number in the art show at DragonCon this year. :) And thanks!
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
I love D*con. I hope all your work sells at the show!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I do, too.
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Calliope-Jones Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!!! I want one!
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