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Styling the hair - 1


African Mask Design Lesson - Styling the Hair1


  • On the light background draw a stylized design to represent hair or braids.
  • A straight, simplified, linear design is used here to contrast with the curves on the rest of the mask.


Styling the hair - 2


African Mask Design Lesson - Styling the Hair 2


  • Cut out the stylized hair braid, flip it over and place it onto the dark side of the design.
  • This completes the symmetry and is the final counterchange of the arrangement.
  • The layout of the mask is now complete.


The Finished African Mask Design


African Mask Design Lesson - The Finished Mask


  • Once you have completed the arrangement of your design, glue the light shapes down onto the dark background.
  • Take care to ensure that a neat line is formed down the middle of the mask where the two halves of the design meet.
  • An accurate symmetry across this line is essential to the success of your image.

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 Buffalo mask from Burkina Faso.

Buffalo mask from Burkina Faso.
Photo: © Andreas Praefcke



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