Another take at the owl design, but this time I wanted to try something close to realism. And…honestly, it’s much easier. This may just be because of my particular background, I grant you, but there is a kind of ruthless perfectly demanded by extreme stylization, whereas if you realize something’s a trifle off center with a more realistic paint job, a bit of paint and some scumbling can fix it up.
Still, I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I pushed the eyebrows much harder in this one, and they come out and down much more strongly than the last one.
This is a very large mask–it extends well out from the face and doesn’t flatten against it at all, which I think works here because, y’know, owls….but I’m going to have to try some smaller bird masks that conform more closely to the head. If I keep going like this, they’ll be the size of dinner plates and look vaguely like the kachina Tawa, and that would be silly.
I’ll probably put this one up on e-bay, so watch for links!