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David al­ways wanted to be an artist in col­lege, but gave it up be­cause he strug­gled with draw­ing. In 2004, he was as­signed props work for a pro­duc­tion of The Hob­bit, which needed some masks made. He bought a ‘How To’ book, made the masks and re­ceived the com­pli­ment, ‘You should be­come a pro­fes­sional mask-maker,’ that com­pli­ment changed his life. He says, “I couldn’t draw, but I could sculpt. I signed up for sculp­ture classes to hone my skills, opened a web­site and have been do­ing it ever since.” He men­tions, “Maskmak­ing bridges the fine arts and the per­form­ing arts. You can hang it on a wall and ad­mire it, or wear it and im­merse your­self in an­other char­ac­ter.” David is al­ways look­ing for ways to in­spire him­self. He wants to get into mak­ing more ab­stract masks as well as paint­ing more ex­otic fin­ishes on the masks. His ad­vice to as­pir­ing young mask artists - hone your sculpt­ing skills. The mask al­ways starts out as a sculp­ture. Take classes, study great artists. Like any art, you need a foun­da­tion. Once you know the mus­cles that make up a hu­man ex­pres­sion you can be free to add your artist vi­sion to them.

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