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The Mask of the Dark Druid by SylvanSmith The Mask of the Dark Druid by SylvanSmith
I wish to thank everyone who faves this-in case I cannot do it personally. I am very flattered it was suggested as a Daily Deviation.

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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-12-03
Greetings, congratulations for your work, try to do an assessment and objective as close to the results of your piece...

Specific critical:
"Very organic design of the mask, great idea to mix roots and wood in the hair or beard, and the details of the skull in the background give a wonderful touch gloomy and macabre, excellent craftsmanship"...

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Accurate proportions and very expressive traits, I really liked the technique at work, I found it very original thematic...

I'll be watching to see even more of your work because really intrigued me...

by: mocarhead

~ El Fin

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xothique Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   Artisan Crafter
This is rather special. Beautiful work. :D

SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I just finished a greenman mask I might post pics of tomorrow- or when I can find a camera.  It like other masks were inspired by your Greenman in many ways. I hope you feel well enough to get back to your work, I really enjoy it.
xothique Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I will look forward to seeing that - if it's anything like this mask it will be truly stunning. It's lovely to think that I might have inspired someone else to create, even in a small way. Thank you for the kind words too - I am feeling more creative so will be slowly getting back to mask making. :D
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumb412635261:  There it is- not the best photo- though it does hide the flaws (unintentionally). It looked better when it was half done with half the leaves.  It is crooked because I made the leaves, and had to hot glue them on very quickly- sometimes misjudging what to do.  I was bone tired after work- making this thing, and working on Halloween decor. Meh.  I am glad you are back to your art, and I wish you continued health. 
xothique Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I like the crooked - not everything in nature is symmetrical, I think it gives it an interesting expression.Nicely done once again. :D If you liked the half-done mask, you could always make a dryad companion for him, just a half face? :D 

SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will the next time.  The possibilities are endless if we can imagine it.  It was meant to look symmetrical, so it winds up looking crooked.  Thank you though.
BeerMeImmediatly Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dope mask, Did you use your own face as a fitting template for the back or is it guesswork. I am struggling with {back of mask} fitting myself on various projects. I'm thinking about running to technology, 3D scan/ route method but it seems less organic, almost a cop out, plus it's expensive.
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the Punisher mask by the way. I wanted to get into wood carving myself.
Here is the whole process for the mask. I take a long piece of tinfoil and fold it over so it is 2 sheets thick, then I press it against my face- carefully pushing it in deeply around my eye sockets. After this is done you should have a thin mask of tin foil. Get an old newspaper and cut it into long strips or various sizes. Then take a hot glue gun and cover the tinfoil with the paper strips- but carefully keep the shape of the mask. Try to cover most of the mask- even the edges with the paper, but make it neat. When both sides of the mask are done, prepare to mache. Get Elmer's or craft glue and mix it with a bit of water in a container- enough so that the mixture is a little soupy, but not watery. Cut up a lot of newspaper strips or various sizes. Now, dip the strips -one at a time, in the glue mix, only halfway, and take your thumb and forefinger and pull down the rest of the glue onto the rest of the paper strip. When this is done, it should barely be dripping. Apply these strips to one side of the mask and leave it to dry. A fan can help dry it. When both sides are dry, the mask should be hard. You can add more layers to make it harder, and it can get very sturdy. You can cut the eye holes out, and repair the edges with mache.
Next I can use either tin foil or DAS air hardening clay (which I buy at Michaels) to create features. The Das clay is good for getting subtle shapes like cheek bones, a nose, or a brow. Let the clay air harden a bit, and then you can mache right over it- which will help secure it to the mask. The Branches are made from tin foil- in the same manner the mask was. You can even- very carefully use hot glue and coat tin foil. When all is done, just apply a layer or two of acrylic paint.
It is really easy, and after a mask or 2 you should master it.
You could use a mache template to attach wood bits together with glue or wire a well.
fledgefault Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Amazing mix - roots, veins and bone - all comes together perfectly. If I was walking through the woods one day...
..& came across a 'character' wearing that mask -
I'd do one!:w0w:
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Thank you, and thanks for the fave.
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