Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Skull-A-Day on Martha Stewart

I just found out that I will be appearing on The Martha Stewart Show Friday, October 10th! I'll be talking with Martha about this project, my SKULLS book, and of course making some skull-y crafts! Be sure to check your local listing for time and channel.

Even More Papercraft Skull Contest Submissions!

The fantastic submissions to the SKULLS Papercraft Contest continue to roll in...

John FR in Spain, made a zombie skull...

Cullen Paradise in Cape Cod, Massachusetts made this highly detailed skull...

And a bonus one from previous submitter Mike who made this amazing mini-version of the skull as well...

You've got until Sunday to submit an entry and get your name entered into a drawing to win one one of five (signed) copies of the brand new Skull-A-Day book SKULLS! Don't wait, details are HERE.

Madeline's Skulls

My friend Claudia's 7 1/2 year old daughter Madeline made several excellent skulls...

Organic Hanover tomatoes from their garden...

Collected cicada shells (with Japanese beetle and bumble bee eyes, and egg case nose)...

And her collection of bottle caps...

Monday, September 29, 2008


Hey Facebook users, there's a new Skull-A-Day application for you called Send-A-Skull! It allows you to send one of 16 different skulls from the project to your friends as a gift. Check it out by logging into Facebook first and then going HERE.

And of course don't forget add yourself as a fan of the project while you're at it!

More Papercraft Skull Contest Submissions!

More great submissions to the SKULLS Papercraft Contest ...

Nicole calls this her "Sugar Cane Skull"...

R scanned her "Office Supply Skull"...

And Mike made the "King of Skulls"...

You've got just one more week to submit an entry and get your name entered into a drawing to win one one of five (signed) copies of the brand new Skull-A-Day book SKULLS! Details are HERE.

Distorted Skull

Jens Harder, from Berlin, Germany created this lovely anamorphic skull, a tribute to the classic one in the Hans Holbein the younger painting, for an upcoming book about the history of the Earth!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Simulacra Sunday - Round 11

Shelik discovered a couple of eerie skull simulacra. He says, "The Skull In Water pic happened thanks to my girlfriend and I hating to do the dishes. A bowl filled with water and leftover cupcake batter produced a haunting skull from the depths. We were both amazed.
The Skull Receipt was made from a Yoshinoya receipt and a lighter. This was totally accidental. I was bored after eating my beef bowl and thought I would have some fun with a lighter and the thermal paper on which the receipt was printed."...

RIP of Snowbrain.com discovered this fellow (which he helpfully highlighted) hiding in a pre-thunderstorm sky...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lungfish Skull

Leah Palmer Preiss created this beautiful anti-smoking themed painting called "Lungfish", painted in acrylic on text from a 1907 patent medicine handbook (6in x 6in [15.24cm x 15.24cm])...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hello Skully

Usually, I avoid copyrighted images here, but I couldn't resist this parody skull version of classic Japanese character Hello Kitty made by Nathan Cavanaugh of Seattle, Washington...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Papercraft Contest Submissions

Submissions to the SKULLS Papercraft Contest have already started to roll in!

Justin AKA Tatman made this heavy metal version...

and LunaChick, who made this cute one, says, "The triangles are horns from the portion you had to cut off. The bow is actually cut into the papercraft skull and lifted up."...

The 5 book winners will be chosen at random from all the entries, so there's no reason not to participate! What are you waiting for?

Hole Punch Skull

Alex in Argentina made this nifty skull from paper hole punch remnants at a local copy shop...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

[CONTEST] Win a copy of the Skull-A-Day book SKULLS!

I'm giving away 5 signed copies of the brand new Skull-A-Day book SKULLS (in US stores the first week of October)!

To enter the contest, create a brand new skin for my Papercraft Skull (in other words, decorate the blank version below) and e-mail a photo of the folded results to me (regular submission rules apply).

I've provided a blank version of the Papercraft Skull for you to work from HERE.
UPDATE: That server is down right now, so here's an alternate location to download HERE.

Contest starts today and runs until midnight (ET) Sunday, October 5th, 2008.

I'll post all of the submissions as they come in and winners will be selected at random from all images received, so there's no reason not to participate!

UPDATE: The contest is over, thanks again to everyone who participated! I've left the blank version of the template up though, so feel free to keep making your own skulls with it. And of course I'd love to see what you make and will gladly post them on the site!

Helmet Cover Skull

Martin made this fun skull-detailed motorcycle helmet cover which he sells on his site Silly Helmet Covers ...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Skull-A-Day The Book!

I am extremely happy to announce that SKULLS, the book based on the Skull-A-Day project published by Lark Books, will be officially in US stores the first week of October!

The book, which is dedicated to the fans of Skull-A-Day (yes you!), features 150 full-color images from first half of the project (it had to be completed in February to come out now!), including 4 DIY skulls with directions and a selection of fan skulls!

The handy seven inch square softcover book is already available online at all of the usual places: Amazon.com, Powells, Barnes & Noble, though I encourage you to order it from your local independent bookstore (if you still have one) which you can find via Indie Bound.

If you do buy it online, please take the time to leave a review, it will really help with promotion. And if you know anyone who can review the book for a publication, let me know and I'll make sure they get a copy!

Thanks again for all of your support on this project, the book really wouldn't exist without you! I'd be eternally grateful if you tell your friends and mention it on your own blog (if you have one)! Stay tuned for announcements about signing events and contests soon.

Stained Glass Skull

Eric from Alaska made this terrific stained glass skull...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Simulacra Sunday - Round 10

La Cri 23, the girlfriend of Ale Psy from Italy, discovered this shadow skull simulacra on her bedroom ceiling...

Zombie Killer Robot found this skull hiding on a rusty pole at a shopping center...

Anita Moeller discovered this muddy footprint visage on the floor of her car...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Subtle Sand Skull

Erica made this cute sand skull on South Padre Island, Texas a couple of days before hurricane Dolly...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Computer Sleeve Skull

I recently bought a custom made computer sleeve made out of recycled plastic bags from Bekah Worley. The result was this lovely, functional, piece with a skull on it! You can find more of her work for sale in her Etsy shop HERE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

[BONUS] Skull-A-Day Stencil in Use

Black Orchid, a new goth/punk/psychobilly boutique in Albuquerque, New Mexico has a terrific floor featuring my skull stencil!

Mini Skulls

Deborah Blanco of Pasadena, California made this lovely collection of small skull magnets! She says, " they are made of ceramic stoneware and will be on this earth longer than you and I."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Anthropology Skull

Stephanie Super, who just received her Master's in Forensic Anthropology(!), painted this great image of a Neandertal skull from La Chapelle-aux-Saints when she was an undergrad at NYU...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Simulacra Sunday - Round 9

Kate Kelchner, a graduate student working in a nanofabrication lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, spotted these fellows using a scanning electron microscope! She says, "The 'skulls' are all less than 100 microns wide, or 1/10th of a millimeter. The patterns come from a photo-sensitive polymer that bubbles up around the edge of a sample.  A pattern is transferred to the polymer during a photolithography process, which is then transferred to the dielectric SiO2 layer underneath during a plasma etch process."

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sequin Skull

Taylor Hummel and Josh Coursey of Houston, Texas made this absolutely fantastic sequined skull! They say, "he's made out of a carved styrofoam wig head, sequins, sequin pins, some ribbon for his teeth, and glitter-glued craft store flowers. he's about the size of a real skull... if a real skull were cool enough to be covered in sequins, of course."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Skull and Crossbone Earrings

Mike and Mary Stromberg of Norman, Oklahoma (whose skull ring was featured in a Braincase post a while back) made these great earrings!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bedazzled Skull

L. Hatfield of Omaha, Nebraska shared her lovely painting with rhinestones on it!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Skull Nightmares

Venetian artist Daniele Scarpa Kos made these awesomely creepy images...