Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Halloween Skulls

Artist Gretel Schwartzott based near NYC, NY sent us a few pictures from this year's Halloween festivities.

Ms. Schwartzott, and her family, made the most of the freak winter storm that interrupted Halloween this year in that part of the county by a creating this giant snow skull.

This year's costumes included hand done skull masks for all members of the family.

and one of the masks with the rest of the costume in use before the storm.


Hallow’s C says:

Thank you for submitting these wonderful pictures of your artistic talents. I am happy to see that your family was able to make the most of this year’s wacky weather situation.

Chris Hulbert- “Milk & Sodapop”

On June 4, 2011 Skull-A-Day celebrated Skull Appreciation Day with an exhibit of over 100 skulls at Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA. If you didn't have a chance to make it to the gallery while the show was up, we now proudly present: "Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition".

Chris Hulbert- “Milk & Sodapop”

Chris Hulbert- “Milk & Sodapop” $500.00




Please visit the artist’s exhibit page for information if this work is available for purchase.

The 2011 Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition was a collective art show celebrating the 5th anniversary of Skull-A-Day.com and its tremendous audience of artists and readers.

Throughout year 5.0 we will be featuring artwork from the show a few times a week. This is a chance to see all of the excellent skulls that were on display, and FOR SALE. Some of these pieces may still be available and this is a wonderful opportunity to own an original piece of skullriffic artwork. There are many well known artists who have contributed very reasonably priced works and many of them have donated their portion of the sale to benefit a great charity, the Richmond Peace Education Center.

Please take a moment to view all of the remarkable work that was created for the onset of this annual festivity. Your skull will appreciate you for showing it some love.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Susanne Arnold- “Ruby Petal Skull”

On June 4, 2011 Skull-A-Day celebrated Skull Appreciation Day with an exhibit of over 100 skulls at Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA. If you didn't have a chance to make it to the gallery while the show was up, we now proudly present: "Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition".


Susanne Arnold- “Ruby Petal Skull” $200.00

A Richmond, VA-based artist, Susanne K. Arnold explores the overlay of cultural memory and personal experience in her work, utilizing a personal vocabulary of images and the ancient painting technique of encaustic.


All of the 2011 Skulls are were on display at Gallery 5 through July 8, 2011. Please contact Gallery 5 directly for information on purchasing the artwork.


The 2011 Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition was a collective art show celebrating the 5th anniversary of Skull-A-Day.com and its tremendous audience of artists and readers.

Throughout year 5.0 we will be featuring artwork from the show a few times a week. This is a chance to see all of the excellent skulls that were on display, and FOR SALE. Some of these pieces may still be available and this is a wonderful opportunity to own an original piece of skullriffic artwork. There are many well known artists who have contributed very reasonably priced works and many of them have donated their portion of the sale to benefit a great charity, the Richmond Peace Education Center.

Please take a moment to view all of the remarkable work that was created for the onset of this annual festivity. Your skull will appreciate you for showing it some love.

Half Life Papercraft Skull

Chris at Tektonten Papercraft is sharing his first of "a series of papercraft video game skulls". This one is a skull from the Half-Life 1 video game. You can find the original post including the free downloadable template here.


Take a moment to realize the journey of this skull. Originally thought of by someone who wanted to create a video game. Luckily for us skulls were a part of the motif, and so someone else was hired to design this computerized skull to be a part of the game. Of course we have a certain fan base who are into these types of video games and happen to share our love for skull art. In one case a certain fan who wanted to recreate the same skulls he had seen in these games decided to use his own creativity to produce a paper version of the same artwork that you can now download and assemble for yourself. Now that's a lot of creative minds working on a common skull. How often do you think something like this happens? Well, now we can add at least once more to the list. Thanks, Chris!

Oh yeah, don't forget to check out more the papercraft skulls featured from the past here on Skull-A-Day including some from the Skull Master himself in the FREE STUFF section.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Courtney Elizabeth - “Enthropy Skull”


On June 4, 2011 Skull-A-Day celebrated Skull Appreciation Day with an exhibit of over 100 skulls at Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA. If you didn't have a chance to make it to the gallery while the show was up, we now proudly present: "Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition".

Please visit the artist’s exhibit page for information on if this work is available for purchase.


The 2011 Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition was a collective art show celebrating the 5th anniversary of Skull-A-Day.com and its tremendous audience of artists and readers.Throughout year 5.0 we will be featuring artwork from the show a few times a week. This is a chance to see all of the excellent skulls that were on display, and FOR SALE. Some of these pieces may still be available and this is a wonderful opportunity to own an original piece of skullriffic artwork. There are many well known artists who have contributed very reasonably priced works and many of them have donated their portion of the sale to benefit a great charity, the Richmond Peace Education Center.

Please take a moment to view all of the remarkable work that was created for the onset of this annual festivity. Your skull will appreciate you for showing it some love.

[BONUS] 391. Art-o-mat Anniversary Skulls

As part of the original Skull-A-Day project I created a limited edition of shrunken skulls for the 10th Anniversary of the Art-o-mat. This year I was invited to participate in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Art-o-mat's presence in my hometown of Richmond, VA.



This time I created a piece that fits exactly into the cigarette pack sized boxes that the Art-o-mat machines dispense. I molded it out of Sculpey, then had it cast in plaster and hand painted each one. This is an edition of only 20 specifically for the machine that will be at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond.



My work will be featured along 16 other local artists, including both of my parents! If you're in town I highly recommend coming to the opening event this Wednesday night since it will probably be your only chance to get one of these extremely rare pieces.


Lady Muerte


Natalie VonRaven of Magisterian, from Alberta, Canada created this piece, titled "Lady Muerte" (Lady Death).


I like the mixture of Dia de los Muertos iconography with the large vintage hair roll and makeup. The flowers are found in both images of female calaveras and on 1940s vintage styled women. The makeup incorporates the cat eyes, arched brows and red lips commonly worn in the 1940s as well as the exaggerated details of  calaveras and sugar skulls. The sunken in style of the skull reminds me of skin shrinking on a skeleton in a warm dry climate.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Simulcara - Version 5.26

Wait. Did you see that?!? It's this week's round of simulacra as captured by our skull hunters.

I caught a quick glimpse of this sneaky guy last Sunday while watching some good old American football. Thanks to my DVR for the assist.



Jason Hirschfeld snapped a shot of this smiley skull in his cup of joe.



And Casey Templeton of Richmond, VA caught this skull trying to hide behind a veil.



Thanks as always to the diligent skull hunters who keep this Sunday tradition alive. Be sure to submit your skull simulacra to add to our magnificent trophy room.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Super Scholastic Skull Saturday

This Super Saturday skull collection is brought to us from James Fantini, an art teacher from Magnolia, Arkansas. This assorted collection is proof of variety being the spice of life.













Having just celebrated Thanksgiving Day I wanted to say that I'm thankful for all of the teachers out there, thankful for all of wonderful skull art we receive, and mostly thankful for all of people who help make this site happen. Thanks for another lesson, James.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Boxy Skulls

Here are a couple of skulls that answer the old quest: “What is black and white and boxy allover?”

Nathan Fuja created this skull with books and light


Simulacra hunter Tyrone Hernandez from Kunkletown PA showed off an original screen print. He said: “The medium is a very dirty window screen and a very clean finger.


Pixeled C says:

Nathan: I tried to go CSI, and find out what is on the front of the books, but alas I don't have the technology they have. Are the books part of the significance? Tyrone: After many excellect simulacra, we are glad to feature an original piece by you, was is the story about its final fate? Thank you both for submitting these wonderful pieces for us to share.

[Flashback Friday] 5.25- Holiday Skulls

Welcome to another addition of Flashback Friday.** This year the guest editors, Tatman, Azurafae, and myself, Citizen Agent, are taking turns reflecting on 17 of our personal favorite skulls from the previous four years of postings. So please join us as we visit the archives and add our additional commentary on some of the original pieces.

Since today is the “official” kick off to the holiday season I thought I would Flashback to some skullliday crafts from us as inspiration for something to give this year instead of waiting in line 18 hours for something to buy simply because it is “on sale”.

In order of appearance:

First up is The Skullmaster with his 239. Wire Ball Skull

Balled 24 Gauge Metal Wire (2.5in x 2in x 2.25in)

Next up is Tatman with Tuesdays With Tatman #27


Next is by myself, Citizen Agent, with C-Rations: 0C11100

“Sarah Cous” approx. 4" X 3" Fresh orange pierced with cloves on a leather hanger.

And last is Azurafae with Dia de la Abby: #27 - Skullflake (Skull Snowflake)


Simply C says:

Wishing all of you Happy Skullidays. If you are inspired to create some skulltastic gifts or decorations please make sure you record your greatness and send the results this way to our Submission Box.

**Flashback Friday was a weekly countdown of the fan selected top 52 skulls of Skull-A-Day 1.0. Each week during year 3.0 The Skullmaster posted the original skull along with some additional commentary in order from lowest to highest rated, with the #1 skull appearing in the last week of year 3.0, all 52 can be found here. During year 4.0 the editors had their chance to countdown their favorites Azurafae HERE, Citizen Agent HERE, and Tatman HERE.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dia de los Muertos Makeup

Emily Parkinson of the Screaming Skulls Weird Club submitted some "Halloween photos I took of myself in costume as 'La Reina de Los Muertos' aka 'Queen of the Dead' ". "My costume was inspired by the beautiful, macabre sugar skulls that are typically painted for 'el dia de los muertos' in Mexico, and I did the makeup myself."



Sarah Lynn Duncan did this makeup. She said "The makeup took me a little over an hour to do and I'm pretty happy with the even-ness considering I did it on my own face!"



Mrs. Dee's daughter "Skella" wanted to look like a skeleton, so she fulfilled her daughter's request.



I'm a big fan of skull makeup myself. I like the process of transformation and the reactions when other people see it. Dia de los Muertos celebrators have a wide range of design choices, because it's a personal celebration as much as it is group one. I like that individuality of the makeup, the costumes and the celebration.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Squash & Pumpkin Skulls

Here in America on the eve of our Thanksgiving holiday, preparing goodies for our annual feast, I thought this would be a wonderful time to show off a little inspiration for you to play with your food.

First up is Dillon Ingram from Columbia, SC who sent us this carved squash.


Next is Phil Hope in the UK who said: “On short notice, I carved this on Halloween morning.”


Last we have Jack who used The Skullmaster’s skull stencil to carve his pumpkin this year.


3.14159” C says:

Thank you all for submitting these wonderful carved examples of your artwork. Perhaps these will inspire others to get into a carving mood while they celebrate this next skulltastic holiday.

Rob Tarbell- “Happy Birthday Noah”

On June 4, 2011 Skull-A-Day celebrated Skull Appreciation Day with an exhibit of over 100 skulls at Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA. If you didn't have a chance to make it to the gallery while the show was up, we now proudly present: "Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition".

Rob Tarbell- “Happy Birthday Noah”

Rob Tarbell- “Happy Birthday Noah” $100.00

“Happy Birthday Noah” is a gift and a theft or a borrow. I stole the idea from the stuffed-bear–in a balloon gift, borrowed some insertion methods from elaborate equipment supposedly needed to impregnate the balloon with a passenger and then the limited lifespan gave it life. The gradual deflation of the balloon slowly revealed and wrapped the skull while staying suspended above the present, as scene HERE.

For more work, completely unrelated to “Happy Birthday Noah”, go to robtarbell.com.

Please visit the artist’s exhibit page for information if this work is available for purchase.

The 2011 Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition was a collective art show celebrating the 5th anniversary of Skull-A-Day.com and its tremendous audience of artists and readers.

Throughout year 5.0 we will be featuring artwork from the show a few times a week. This is a chance to see all of the excellent skulls that were on display, and FOR SALE. Some of these pieces may still be available and this is a wonderful opportunity to own an original piece of skullriffic artwork. There are many well known artists who have contributed very reasonably priced works and many of them have donated their portion of the sale to benefit a great charity, the Richmond Peace Education Center.

Please take a moment to view all of the remarkable work that was created for the onset of this annual festivity. Your skull will appreciate you for showing it some love.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[BONUS] 390. Ornamental Skull II

I was recently commissioned to create this design for the folks at Kenneth Cole...


 Think of it as sibling of my original Ornament(al) Skull.

They used it on a T-shirt this season...


You can find the shirts on the Kenneth Cole site HERE.

Carol Brown- “Happy Returns”

On June 4, 2011 Skull-A-Day celebrated Skull Appreciation Day with an exhibit of over 100 skulls at Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA. If you didn't have a chance to make it to the gallery while the show was up, we now proudly present: "Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition".

Carol Brown- “Happy Returns” $125.00

All the 2011 Skulls are were on display at Gallery 5 through July 8, 2011. Please contact Gallery 5 directly for information on purchasing the artwork.


The 2011 Skull Appreciation Day - The Exhibition was a collective art show celebrating the 5th anniversary of Skull-A-Day.com and its tremendous audience of artists and readers.

Throughout year 5.0 we will be featuring artwork from the show a few times a week. This is a chance to see all of the excellent skulls that were on display, and FOR SALE. Some of these pieces may still be available and this is a wonderful opportunity to own an original piece of skullriffic artwork. There are many well known artists who have contributed very reasonably priced works and many of them have donated their portion of the sale to benefit a great charity, the Richmond Peace Education Center.

Please take a moment to view all of the remarkable work that was created for the onset of this annual festivity. Your skull will appreciate you for showing it some love.

Horsepower Ranch Skull Mural

In a weird twist of fate, John-Paul Albinati and his wife Renee, makers of the hockey mask skull, return to us today with a different skull with a really familiar feel.



I suppose the two skulls make a fitting match since the wearer of the first spends so much time imitating the canvas of the second. Thanks to the Albinatis for another great "wall" painting submission on our visit to the Horsepower Ranch.

Monday, November 21, 2011

[BONUS] Library Skulls

Just had to share a few of the skulls made by the young people who came to hear me talk at the New York Public Library last week...


A few years ago the library included my book in their list of recommendations for teens and they made this awesome video...

Skulls of the Night

Robert Steven Connett is an artist working in Los Angeles, CA. He has "done quite a few 'skull oriented' paintings." More of his work can be found in his Art Store and Flickr.





These remind me of what we fear in the night. Those things that we know are out there, but are unseen without night vision. The nocturnal lurkers of reality and fantasy come out of the darkness to be shown in these three artworks.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Simulacra - Version 5.25

Let's take a tour around the world on this week's simulacra safari.

Our first stop is in Berlin, Germany with Rene Felk who captured this bony looking brick.



Next up we find ourselves in (location unknown) with Daniel Mu├▒oz and this creepy CPU skull.



And to complete our journey we land in beautiful Costa Rica with Roberto Chaves and his cooler skull who welcomes us with a tasty beverage.



Thanks for the friendly submissions! Help us plan our next itinerary by submitting your secret skulls to keep this global trek alive and well.