African Mask Lesson - Designing the Mouth
- Draw one half of a stylized mouth on the light colored paper.
- Although the position of the features in this mask is conventional, you do not have to follow normal facial proportions in mask design.
- Variations in the positioning of the eyes, nose and mouth will create different expressive effects in your design.
- Cut out the mouth shape and flip it over.
- Place it on the dark sheet and align it with the vertical edge of the light paper to complete its shape.
- Note that the inside of the mouth has also been cut out and flipped onto the light side of the design to create the illusion of an opening.
- This illustration depicts some alternative designs for stylized mouths.
- Note how each mouth has been simplified into a basic shape with stylized details.
- Note again how simplified features on a mask communicate quicker and are more visible from a distance. They also have a greater expressive impact than more realistic images.
African Mask Design Lesson