I'll be updating with my illustration stuff soon, but first!
I'm a little sad because I honestly thought I had another week to work on this guy. I am happy with the inkwork, notsomuch with the paints. He didn't warp as badly as most watercolors do in my care, but enough to cut off the bottom half-inch of the paper in photo.
This was done for my African art history class, and a brief rundown- One of the masquerades that is danced in the Mali/Guinea region can be thought of like a Batman or a monsterous police agent.
Basically these guys don some blood and tar-encrusted masks made of animal parts and scold/punish people who have done wrong in the community. They are well-respected and feared in their tribes, and often the most powerful are blacksmiths.
I don't really wish to re-write a full report, but go ahead and look up Bamana Komo headdresses sometime if you are interested. They are really cool and ugly looking things.