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Carving the Bad Ass Raven Mask

2015/02/24
Raven-mask-by-Francine-Champagne

It has been a while brewing in the back of my mind to carve a huge raven. Strayed from the traditional, to make it my own. Years in the making. The first months of the project can be viewed on another post.

November 2011 to February 2015

Bad Ass Cannibal Raven made its way indoors for tweaking and painting

Bad Ass Raven made its way indoors for tweaking

A very loud beak!

A very loud beak!

A few more tweaks to go, some final surface cuts

A few more tweaks to go, some final surface cuts

2013 October

A few more tweaks to go, some final surface cuts

This is it, started to paint the Bad Ass Raven

2013 November

Black Red and blue paint on the Raven

Black Red and blue paint on the Raven

Bad Ass Cannibal Raven, open beak

Bad Ass Raven, open beak

Poor bugger looks fairly battered. Tough life.

Multiple layers of gouache and graphite dust to achieve the Raven's beak texture

Multiple layers of gouache and graphite dust to achieve the Raven’s beak texture

 

2015 February

Never thought I would end up doing rug-hooking! Tried horse tail hair, yak fur, mountain goat fur. None provided the punky “Bad Ass” style I was looking for. I’ll be playing with that needle and raffia for a few more weeks (months).

Raffia dyed black, with blue and red shades deep within

Raffia dyed black, with blue and red shades deep within

It took as many hours to do the hair as it did the Raven.

The Bad Ass Raven, as well as other masks, will be on display at the McMillan Arts Center from March 3, 2015 to March 28th. http://mcmillanartscentre.com/march-exhibits-mac/

The Opening Reception is on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 – 3:30 pm.

Hope to see you there.

Raven mask by Francine Champagne

Raven mask by Francine Champagne. All done!

 

From → Mask Carver

3 Comments
  1. superb workmanship, fun story of its creation.

  2. Because I,ve been painting primitive faces, my friends recommended your show to me so I went to the MAC this afternoon to see your work. Absolutely love what you are doing. All the masks had something to say. Congratulations on a wonderful show.
    Cheers,
    Diane

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