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African Mask Lesson - Stylizing the Hair


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.


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.


African Mask Design Lesson - Step 2 - Designing the Nose 3


  • This illustration depicts some alternative styles of hair.
  • Note how each style has been reduced to a few simple lines.
  • Simplified features communicate quicker and have a greater visual impact than more detailed images.


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 Buffalo mask from Burkina Faso.

Buffalo mask from Burkina Faso.
Photo: © Andreas Praefcke