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Greenman Mask by cwicseolfor Greenman Mask by cwicseolfor
I knew I wanted to develop some sort of greenman in leather, either tooled or in a mask - but when I saw an image of the Greenman at Bamberg Cathedral I knew exactly what it had to be.

My design has varied from a full mask with sculpted face and leaf beard, as in the original sculpture, to this truncated version; it was finally made for a party, and as such I hoped to create a design that incorperated the moustache on the original without interfering with eating and drinking. I like its round shape, but I hope to also complete the full-face design, and a few other green men in other varieties of foliage (this one is in acanthus; specifically I'd like to try red and white oak, and fern.)

The true color is a waxy medium green with mild copper accents, but I'd also like to paint one for each of the seasons. Leather and acrylic.
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OLaughter Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional
It is such a nice design. Amazing!
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Crazeh-Sunshine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Stunning :faint:! The Green Man is one of my favorite symbolic images, and this mask embodies it so wonderfully! I love the copper accents too, nice touch.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks! I'm quite fond of greenmen - I've got several more concepts for them lined up, if I ever find time - but these versions in which the features consist of foliage, rather than the somewhat more classic faces spewing leaves. The copper was a lot of fun to apply (I have a minor addiction to copper paint) and lent the mask more depth. Thanks again for your comments!
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Crazeh-Sunshine Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Yeah, I like this take on the image :) The classic image is all well and good in its own right too, but this still captures the essence of it well. And you're very welcome!
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davinciscousin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! I've always wanted to make leather masks. Very inspiring.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I tried a lot of materials before settling on leather; it simply best suits my aesthetic and the designs I tend to develop. I've been enjoying looking at your renaissance acanthus images a lot myself... but I'll continue this at your gallery. Thanks again ^-^
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SomethingFerocious Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Beautiful, and thanks for sharing!
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for looking!
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Nephtis Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
What a beautiful mask!
You say this is leather? You don't have a tutorial for this, do you? I'd love to know, do you do some kind of model with other material first, is it actually usable or is this just decorative. If it can be worn, how do you make sure it fits... Lots and lots of questions, you see...
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much. And yes, it's sculpted in leather, but I've never worked out a tutorial - I frequently find I'm not quite sure what I actually do, as it seems to change from project to project. There's not a lot of modeling involved; I sculpt by hand, so I can make rearrangements on the fly, which you can't do with a mold. And all the masks I've made - except the Miniatures - are wearable, but they make for good decorations in the off-season. ^-^

Sorry to take so long in reply - it's been a very long year. Thanks very much for your interest!
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Minnu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW. :o
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thrulookinglass Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
I love masks and I love the themes of the Green man and the goddess, your work is astounding.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! I was hoping to get the right sort of neutral face on this one and still convey something of the dignity of the subject matter. Glad you liked it!
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xothique Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008   Artisan Crafter
This one remains a firm favourite of mine - it's truly elegant and very nicely designed.
P.S. I know you're horribly busy and don't expect you to reply.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Pbbbbt! I'll reply anyway. (I so should be working, of course.)
Thanks! I love this guy; I've got a few more greenmen in the works, and yet this one is distinct, with such a gentle style. He seems more and more a friendly figure, though, more approachable, as time goes on; maybe I'm acclimating to seeing him all the time?
Thanks a lot, again, I can't wait to get around to some true and proper feedback on your new (and newly-submitted) work!
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Revenant-Rosales Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
It is so beautiful! The work on the leaves! Splendidly crafted......... It is a fine mask. : )

I must confess my curiosity; is it for sale? :D
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Most terribly sorry to reply so late - real life keeps intruding on my maskmaking and participation in galleries. I'm flattered by your compliments; it's wonderful hearing what others think of my work, particularly the difficult pieces like this.
As for sales - this original was a gift, but I can duplicate the design (and have before) if you are interested; drop me a note here at dA if so.
Thanks again, for your kind words and your interest, and the best to you!
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
I didn't know it was possible to bring in details like that in leather. Really amazing work. Very nice shape and beautiful colors. Very well thought out, and outstanding craftwork.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Terribly sorry not to have responded to your feedback - I remember specifically I went to go look at your work and tore raving off poking through the various medieval-inspired woodcut-looking death's images, and completely blanked on the comment. So belated thanks for all the detail in the comment, it's very much appreciated, the artist is just a bit too easily visually distracted...
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Haha that's quite humoristic. No problem about the delay in your responce though. I just like to look around on deviantart and give some feedback. I'm used to not receiving a responce half of the time, and with the amount of works I comment on I can't even keep track of whether or not they reply.
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RobertaScalvini Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
Great greenman!
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lusant2 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
this is great .. i have been searching for days on info for making leather masks because i am an art student and this is one of the things i want to learn how to make ... but sadly there is like no info on tols and process online,,, then i thought duh!!! DA so im checking on here if you have any info you would like to share please do
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply! I'd recommend ~Ranasp's tutorial here - it's the most comprehensive I've seen on the web anywhere. But you're right; there's a real lack of materials on leather sculpting on the internet, and in books besides; everything I know is self-taught by experimentation. Hope things worked out for you!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love this. So much. And if I wasn't SO wiped out, I'd wax eloquent on why I love it so. But I'll just have to leave it with... I really really really love this.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, very flattered! Thanks very much for your feedback - I can imagine why you'd be tired, as prolific as you are, and you seem to keep pretty busy. Compliments, wiped out or not, mean a lot from such artists ^-^
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Cosira Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
This is featured in my journal today. :)
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Another belated thanks ^-^
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IdaLarsenArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
amazing :wow:
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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hells-dark-rose Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007   Photographer
Really stunning I think you have truly captured the nature essence of the greenman
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! Great masks. Great talent.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Glad to hear you liked it ^-^
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myceliae Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
Absoloutely gorgeous.
Your mask work is incredible. So clean and crisp.
Gorgeous work :D
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you noticed the lines - those cuts nearly crippled me in the end...
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SolitusFactum Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
This is very nice! I love the realism of the leaves, and how elegantly they form into a mask shape. BEautiful work.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much ^-^
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MikoUnisto Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007   Writer
I love the colors, it looks so archaic (in a good way) and like a piece of history. You did a good job making this. ^^ *Off to look at the rest of your gallery*
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Archaic's a good thing in my book - thank you very much! It's modeled very loosely on a cathedral carving I'd seen a photo of - the acanthus-leaf shapes are probably what give you that impression about it, as it's a plant they used in a lot of old carvings and engravings.
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MikoUnisto Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007   Writer
I think I'll comission you sometime in the future. Your masks are so cool and unique, I just love how you do them. I would do it now, but I have to save money to buy copyright for my first book before I publish it.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh! Congratulations, I'd never be able to write a book! I hope it all goes well - there are occasionally some really good articles on first-time publishing in Ellen Million's Zine if that's any help (if you hurry and read it before it changes to the new issue at the beginning of February, they had a lot of writers' articles for January). Good luck!
My commission status is pretty much always open just so long as you're not in a hurry - the more important a deadline you've got, the more notice it's better I'd have - but I'm always up for custom work. Send me a note sometime when you're ready, whether or not you know what you want; I'm happy to brainstorm and put together some designs, and don't forget to tell me how the book's doing - that's really exciting!
Thanks a lot for the compliments - your feedback's helpful!
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MikoUnisto Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007   Writer
I'll check that out, and I'll send you a note when I've got some money. I'll be sure to keep you updated about my book, I usually keep updates in my journal.

You could write a book, you just have to have patience and ideas . . . But patience is always more important. If you don't have the patience, there's no way anybody will ever be able to write a book.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You have to have fairly particular ideas. Most of mine have something to do with an interesting jawline or nose, hence my usual expressive media ^-^
I'm looking forward to working with you - I love it when I get to make a mask specifically for a particular person. One-size/style/color-suits-all is not my favorite way to do things.
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MikoUnisto Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007   Writer
Me too . . . I'll get a few more dollars and note you. I only have twenty-something right now, and I don't think that's enough for all the work you go through.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've sent you a note already, likely in no small part because I'm avoiding doing the data-analysis assignment I've got hanging over my head ^-^ Forgive me. And I cannot thank you enough for understanding that someone's personal art is not the equivalent of a mass-produced piece of spray-painted vaccuformed thin plastic from a sweatshop manufacturing plant. People have gotten so used to purchasing prefabricated commodities that they forget that the art they admire at a gallery, show, or fair is not produced in the same way and valued equivalently. :worship: You're exactly the sort of person that any artist hopes to come by: one who can appreciate the work of hands.
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hokuto Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
What a perfect shade of green - it is most beautifully designed. :heart: *admires greatly*
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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Duathwen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
This mask is really awesome! I love Venice, and it looks a bit like a mask from Venice.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'd love to see Venice, particularly for the masks... The design's a little similar to the Foglio masks, partly because of the theme, partly just due to coincidence.
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DaniMyrick Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is just amazing. :wow: I think this is my favorite of what I've seen in your gallery. :nod:
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