Several people have pointed out that this year is a leap year and so to be perfectly accurate I should make 366 skulls! However, I felt like ending on my birthday with the more standard 365 was the most poetic choice, but I hate to let down the fans...so I have created a special bonus "quarter" skull to commemorate the additional quarter day that each year should actually have!
For this one I returned to the material and technique of my very first skull: orange paper cut with large scissors while looking at a model skull. This is the same kind of paper from before (and the very last piece of it I had sitting around) and the same scissors and model skull as well. An interesting side note, the model I used for the first skull was never used again as a model for the rest of the project (until now).
I made a point of not reviewing the first skull right before making this, so hopefully it would be less influenced by what I had done previously. I did however intentionally flip the direction so that they could be nice bookends to the project.
So how was this a different experience a year later? I took longer! Mostly because I was paying more attention to the nuances of the model as I found myself trying to emulate it more closely.
I looked back at the original now that this is done and I'm surprised at minimal and stylized it really is. And it has such a sweet expression, while this one seems much more serious. What do you make of the differences?