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Masqfurade Project 2 - Marius The Bull Dragon

Welcome dreamers, creatives and the like!

Recently it was my husband's birthday, and I decided to use a learning opportunity for me, on making a gift for him. In addition to my own personal fursuit mask, I am adding his to my current projects! And let me just say how excited I am for this! Once again with the awesome help of Talon Windstryke, I had the model I had made of my husband's personal character, Marius Octavius Aurelius - The Bull Dragon, 3D printed!

Above, you can see the results of Talon's efforts to get the model to work. There was a lot of troubleshooting and multiple failed attempts that resulted in plastic spaghetti. I was worried at some points that due to the limitations of the 3D printer, we might not be able to do it, or that we would have to make the mask too small for my husband's head. I did learn from doing my own mask that it was easier to separate the jaw from the mask before printing it. Doing this luckily gave us enough space to print the top and bottom halves separately.

Once those were complete, it was time for the horns; and they turned out absolutely fantastic! They were printed specifically to fit into the sockets of the headbase and are incredibly lightweight for how large they are. They turned out incredibly durable and will eventually be secured with heavy duty earth magnets  so that we can detach them when the mask isn't being worn. Doing so will hopefully protect them from too much wear and tear over the years (as protecting other things from being impaled by them haha!).

I am incredibly happy with how this project is turning out so far and I am looking forward to the next step in completing this, as well as my own mask. Additionally, I am considering purchasing my own 3D printer (So I can stop hogging Talon's printer), so that I can offer things like this; mask bases, custom figurines, and so on. What sorts of 3D printed things would you be interested in buying? If I were to open sponsorships to fund getting a 3D printer, would you be interested? What if I sweetened the sponsorships with not just a portrait, but maybe some additional perks? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep dreaming! ~ Nova Nocturne

A Pet Project

WELCOME CREATIVES, DREAMERS AND THE LIKE

It’s pretty well known that I am a huge Redwall fan. The books, show, lore and characters were a crucial part of my childhood development. In recent years, I’ve had that passion return more than ever before. And I feel I can more adequately express this now through my skill in art. One fascinating part of the stories in the Redwall universe, that I always loved the idea of, was the Redwall Tapestry. And now, I have taken the time to draw up my own interpretation it!

My decisions in this design highly reflect historical styles such as Insular art, also known as Hiberno-Saxon art. I wanted my piece to feel like something that would be a proper design for the time period in which Redwall takes place. The illuminated scripts of the Book of Kells was a large inspiration. The designs of such historic art reflect a gorgeous complex simplicity, that is so difficult to emulate. Somehow, they feel flat, but extra dimensional at the same time.

I wanted to capture the awe and reverence that you might feel while looking at the art from the time period. I also knew that color palettes were limited in that day and age, so I wanted a challenge to ensure I kept it simple, and that I avoided rich royal colors; such as deep blue and purple. Instead I opted for grays instead of blues, which would look like they were a cooler tone while next to the warmth of the rest of the image.

In addition to that, I have also found a way to bring it into the physical world in the form of a huge woven blanket, which I can absolutely see myself hanging up on the wall. The idea of making something like this was absolutely thrilling! But it meant that I would have to deal with another limitation. Making it into a woven piece, I couldn’t do a lot of detail. That was alright, as it was fitting of the insular/hiberno-saxon style to be more simple, with little-to-no shading. I had to ensure the lines I made were bold enough to be captured in the weave.

I’m on the next step of ordering the piece, and depending on things from there, I may try to take the time to embroider gold thread onto the physical version. I’ve never embroidered before, but I figure it could be a good time to try! 

Would you care to see the finished tapestry? Let me know!Are any of you Redwall fans? What’s your favorite Redwall Book and why? I’d love to hear from you!

Keep dreamin’! ~ Nova Nocturne