I've been busy with other projects and work as of late, so I haven't actually had much of an opportunity to work out some new mask designs. I decided quite some time ago that I wanted to do Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, even though there are lots of others who've already touched on these, each with their own interpretation. I am wanting to make large, detailed versions, so they can be either hung on the wall as a display piece or worn as a costume piece.
The next foray will, I believe, be into Greek Gods and Goddesses, as well as some research into Celtic and Scottish deities.
Here's a WIP shot of one of my sketch ideas for Anubis. Not the final just yet, but my latest mask idea:
Smaller masks can be a distinctive addition to your renaissance faire or LARP character. It can be the missing piece of the puzzle that allows you to feel like the character you're portraying, be it a noble who wishes to be mysterious, to a fox or feline that is trying to stay alive in the midst of a forest full of trolls and goblins, there are many options that we make. There is the basic mask style, and that can be enhanced one of two ways, by tooling or a particular paint scheme if you choose to be more economical.
Tooling is a fun option to have for leather, as it gives me the ability to make something physically three dimensional, and with the addition of paint it truly creates a stunning finished piece.
The mask can also be painted and have shading to create the illusion of the three dimensional look. This is the less expensive route, and provides quite a good illusion to the fact.
It will be a work of art no matter the choice when you get a mask from Red Stick Studio, fear not the choice you make. I strive to have each item look unique and beautiful, to the customer's specifications each and every time.
I have had clients give me an idea they'd like portrayed, but have no idea how to make it a reality. This is a specialty of mine, bringing concepts to reality, and having a finished product that makes my customers happy.
My first commission mask. My client gave me a single image of a beautiful drawing of a character wearing a "steel" mask (steampunk style), and asked if I could make something similar for him. This is actually multiple pieces of leather, riveted on a base mask style I created, together with real nickel rivets. I then painted with multiple shades of metallic paints to give depth, and sealed it.
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