I’ve been looking forward to June’s mask for its simplistic color scheme and classical flower. The Rose birth flower combines with the Pearl birthstone promises to be a lovely color scheme which is one of my favorite color schemes, white and red.
The biggest challenge with this mask was that there are a hundred ways to draw a rose. I knew from the start I wanted the large, classical petals, but should they be hyper-stylized or realistic?
In the end, I went with something in-between stylized and realistic with an abstraction of the bloom centers to make carving easier on my hands. I also settled with a layout that allows me to focus on a good mixture of petals versus leaf texture without being too busy.
Here are a few shots of the mask before and after it was tooled and baked. It’s currently drying on my mannequin head. I can’t wait to paint this one! I’m planning a pearlescent white for the base to represent the Pearl birthstone and a deep red for the roses. Or should I try another color? What do you all think?
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