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Hades Owl Mask WIP by b3designsllc Hades Owl Mask WIP by b3designsllc
Here is a quick picture of an owl mask that is supposed to represent Hades, Greek god of the Underworld.
I just finished shaping and drying it. I will let it sit overnight before I start painting it. I just got some new mediums to work with, so I'm pretty stoked about testing them out on this mask!
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OakMyth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Gorgeous tooling!
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! :)
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rockleesgirl Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
gorgeous detail and suprising design. love this, and can't wait to see it painted.
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! I am almost done painting - I should have had it done over the weekend, but decided to enjoy some of the holiday :)
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the stamping/tooling on this! Can't wait to see it with colors!
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, thank you! I am hoping to have it painted by this weekend.
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mixxi90 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love owls^^
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Owls are pretty cool! I saw lots of crazy variations of screech owls while looking for reference pictures and some of them look like they have real crazy personalities hehe.

I do have to say that Barn Owls always frightened me ever since I was a kid; they have such a creepy look to them. I had a subscription to ZooBooks and when I looked through the issue with owls, I would always skip the page that had a picture of the Barn Owl lol.
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mixxi90 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i dont know why but i actually like barn owls a lot.. they really are like royalty

but in my eyes the snow owls look like kings and Queens.. lovely, strong and proud, yet filled with honour and justice

im quite crazy about owls^^
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Epic-Leather Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice tooling, cant wait to see the end product.
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! By the way, this is the mask I was talking about that has the skeleton hands that is kinda similar to your necromancer mask lol :)
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OsborneArts Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice tooling, looking great! Can't wait to see it finished!
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm anxious to start painting it when I get home from work today!
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OsborneArts Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, enjoy!! :)
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bakenekochan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   General Artist
Those skeletal hands on the ear tufts are amazing! What kind of tool do you use to get that level of detail?
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
I am using my swivel knife to get the initial lines cut in and then go in with a regular beveling stamp.
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohh very nice textures in the 'horns' of the owl and the wispy feathers beside the beak! I always thought of owls representing Athena, so it will be interesting to see how you paint this in the theme of Hades. Looks great so far!
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

I was doing some research and found that many of the Greek deities shared the same or similar sacred animals.
The screech owl was supposed to be a symbol of ill-omen and was associated as a messenger of Hades (I think there is a story of how Demeter changed Hades' orchard caretaker into a screech owl).
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really interesting. I wonder if there was perhaps a different species associated with Athena and some significance to that difference? (Screech owls being pretty terrifying to listen to at night!)

It's funny the little known things one digs up while researching. Sounds fascinating!:)
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Interestingly, I found out that there are a genus of owl species that have the name Athene. These are considered small owls and have four different species ([link]). So it's pretty safe to bet that those are Athena's owls :)

I also found out that screech owls are a species restricted to the Americas. The owls that are in the Eurasian part of the world are called Scops Owls and for some reason are categorized with modern day screech owls.

*adjusts nerds glasses* lol
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aah yes I've seen these Athene owls! One of my good friends (*windfalcon) works at a raptor center and has sent me pics. Owls are just so cool. Interesting to learn how they've affected the mythology around them.

Baw now you have me wanting to try my hand at bird masks too. They look like fun and I've never tried that! The prospect of a beak scares me away each time.
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love windfalcon's work! She does great in all the different mediums she works with and you can tell she loves birds!

Don't be afraid to try something new! I'd start off with a bird with a small beak (like an owl!) before trying something like an eagle... I went the other way around and that gave me a lot of trial and error scars :)
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I may have to try a snow owl. They are my favorite of the nocturnal variety. Brenda gave me some tips on beaks that I'm passing along just in case. She said skiving the beak so it's thinner and easier to mold is a good idea!

But you might know that if you already have the beak forming scars!XD

At any rate, I shall look out for more work from you. Planning to do an entire Greek gods set or just Hades?
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I did not think of that! I'll definitely have to try it on the next one, thanks :)

I do have an ambitious plan of doing a whole set of the Greek Pantheon; so here's hoping I can keep the steam going and not get sidetracked lol
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MerrillsLeather Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow that is some really nice work! i assume your tooling it before your forming it. and are you just kind of forming it by hand or did you make a block or something for it
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I tool it before I form it. I also do the forming by hand.
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