Tuesday, August 31, 2010

[BONUS] 381. Luck of The Draw Skull

For the second year in a row I've been asked to donate a piece of art to the fundraiser Luck of The Draw which benefits the Visual Arts Center here in Richmond, VA. It's a fun event where you get your choice of unframed art for just a $100, but the trick is that you don't know who made the work (since it is signed on the back) and the order in which you get to choose a piece is based on a random selection process. If you're going to be in the Richmond area on September 23rd and you'd like an original Skull-A-Day piece at a bargain price this is your chance. And even if you don't get my art, you'll still get something great and help out a worthy organization. So what does my piece look like? Well, that would be telling, but I'm sure you can guess the subject matter! Once the event is over I'll reveal it here.

Get more details or buy advance tickets for the HERE.

Redskin Skull

Paul Nichols pedals his way into today's post with this nifty decal that he has designed for his cycle company, Severe Cycles Inc.

This skull looks like he's in search of an adrenaline rush from a ride on a Severe Cycle. Hopefully his wheelie through our blog gets him some kicks. Thanks for sharing, Paul.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Skull Studies

Mary Sue Muscarella of Mary Sue Tattoo, submitted three great pieces. Here is her explanation of each.

The first is a sugar skull that I sculpted out of Plastalina.

The next is a charcoal drawing of a monkey skull.

The last is a study of multiple angles of a monkey skull in charcoal.

I like how each of these are different, yet incorporate the same subject, a skull. Sculptures always fascinate me, because they are a hands on approach to art. With clay, you have to use your hands to mold the medium to your desired form. This clay interpretation of a traditional sugar skull is neat to see, since sugar skulls are one of my favor parts of Day of the Dead. The charcoal drawings of the monkey skull are fascinating. Primates are my favorite animals...well next to Giraffes...because they are very similar to humans. Here you can clearly see the differences that a monkey skull has to a human skull. The head looks more elongated and with more crevices and shaping. I love the use of shading to show off these details. I have a replica of a human skull that I use for many Skull-A-Day projects, so I like seeing how someone else makes art using a physical skull for reference. All of these are wonderful. Keep making more beautiful art!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Skull-A-Day Press: Brains Skull part II

More kind press about my recent Mütter's Skull of Brains!...


Sunday Simulacra - Version 4.13

Sunday means it's time for more submissions from our faithful clan of skull hunters.

Amanda Hicks' watchful eyes spotted some sneaky skulls while hiking around Oregon. She found these at Mt. Hood...

...and at the Gorge.

Greg in Dekalb, Il was enjoying a campfire with friends when a buddy said, "Take a closer look at this, doesn't it look like a skull?" He immediately thought of our site.

The powers that be are generous in the multitudes of skulls that are being caught by our hunters. Thanks to all of the keen hunters out there who are quick with a camera and an emaill address to submit to us. Thanks for keeping the hunt ALIVE!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Skull Mask

Ramon Rodrigues is a Brazilian industrial designer and graphic artist who currently finds himself in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His skull mask painting has found it's way to America for proper display here on Skull-A-Day. This painting was done in china ink with water on paper. The original size is 65 x 35 cm.

You've done a wonderful job of crafting a lovely work of art as well as creating a perplexing story. Is the musician so admired that she needs to disguise hgerself while on stage so that no one knows her true identity, or is she ashamed of some unknown physical defect that makes her choose to show her skull rather than the face upon it? It's a great piece to ponder, Ramon. Thanks for sharing it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

[Flashback Friday] 23. Mr.(Foam) Peanut (Skull)

Welcome to another addition of Flashback Friday.** This year the guest editors, Azurafae, Tatman, and myself, Citizen Agent, are taking turns counting down our personal favorite 17 skulls from the Original 365.25 Year. So please join us as we visit the archives and add our additional commentary on some of the original pieces.

#6: 23. Mr.(Foam) Peanut (Skull)

Fragile C says:

Today’s flashback comes from very early in the project. This is one however that I feel is often overlooked, perhaps it is because it was too early in the year or maybe the material is just too mundane to invoke any passion. I however, find this piece not only brilliantly thought out, but extremely well executed. In this piece, Noah crossed the threshold of getting into more traditional sculpture. Before this point, all of the pieces had either been cut or arranged, and the 3-D work he did was building upon what was already there. This piece was Noah's first attempt at a 3-D skull “ex nihilo” for the project, and because of that this piece is one that comes to mind quickly when I think about the great art that was produced during the original Skull-A-Day. Next week, we move into my Top 5, anyone have any guess of what they may be?

**Flashback Friday was a weekly countdown of the fan selected top 52 skulls of Skull-A-Day 1.o. 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.

Skull-A-Day Press: Mütter QÜESTIONS

In addition to the recent brain slice skull I made at the Mütter Museum they also had me answer some fun questions on the blog for their fantastic store!

Read the entire interview HERE.

“Skull of the Future”

Noah Williams from South Carolina wrote: “ I saw Noah speak at AIGA South Carolina at USC and purchased his book. I looked it over again with my mother and she thought it was amazing from end to end!! My submission for today consists of three photo-shopped skulls with an abstract cloak.”
Operation C says:

This is a very moving piece for me. I am not sure if you intended this, but it invokes a strong feeling to the military operations in Iraq. The colors you use give it a very desert feel, and when I stare at it long enough I start to be able to pick out pieces of older desert camouflage, as well as silhouette of the Iraqi flag. Perhaps this was all a coincidence, but you have sparked something in me. Thank you for submitting your work for us to share.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Skull-A-Day Press: Brains Skull

There's been lots of great press about my recent Mütter's Skull of Brains!...


Dia de la Abby: #13 - Shell Skull

This week, I went to Myrtle Beach, SC with my husband and daughter, for our wedding anniversary. On Tuesday, we went to the beach.

Before going to play in the water, I was determined to make a skull out of shells. With help from my daughter, we gathered a variety of shell pieces. I arranged them into a skull shape. It's sort of like a puzzle. I had to look at the shapes of the shells to decide placement. The largest ones with curved edges formed the curve of the head. The large "tooth like" ones, were used for teeth. The rest were used to fill in. My husband thought that I needed to make the shells look darker by using water to wet them. Alex (our daughter) accidentally left her sand toys at home, so with many handfuls of water (I'm sure I looked odd cupping my hands, filling them with water and then pouring the water onto a skull shaped with shells), this was achieved. I of course left the intact for others to see.

There is no tutorial for this one, because it's an arranged skull. With some time and effort, you can use anything to make an arranged skull. Just use your imagination.

Every week in the 4.0 year, I will be post my own Dia de la Abby posts as well as a tutorial with instructions on how I made my piece. Hopefully you feel inspired by my posts just as I was by Noah's Skull-A-Day 1.0 daily project. Need more of me than just a weekly dose, follow me on Twitter.

Embroidered Skull

I saw this piece from Yuki Snow in our submission and knew it would be perfect for today.

Here's Yuki Snow's explanation of herself: "I am Japanese Artist/ Art lecturer, living and working in the UK. I have been exhibiting professionally as an Artist for the last 10 years at contemporary art galleries in the UK, New York, Brazil, Greece and Japan and was recently selected and published as one of the 36 featured Japanese Artists in a Taiwanese Art catalogue.

My textured paintings combine knitting, embroidery, sequins, buttons, acrylic and oil painting as the sensation of touch is very important in my artwork. This image was made in 2006 out of embroidery and acrylic stencil on canvas."

"Never Alone Again"

Since I was a little girl (about 4-5), I've been doing embroidery. When I see awesome pieces like this, I'm instantly drawn to them. My best friend Kit McSmash, (Partner in Crime...or Craft) of over 20 years, is a fiber artist and currently in Japan on a much deserved vacation, so this particular one made me think of her. Up until a couple years ago, she had the front of her hair pink for many years. She is like my sister from different parents, so of course we love similar things, like creepy skulls. One day, we will make one together.

For this piece, I love the use of a filling stitch for the hair, skull and boot areas. I like being able the see the texture of the fabric through the skin areas and black of the hoodie. I love seeing embroidery still used to create wonderful art. There are other great pieces on Yuki Snow's website, that use similar techniques that create amazing results, so I suggest checking out her other pieces too.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

[BONUS] 379. Mütter's Skull of Brains

Last month I made a special trip to visit my friends at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Mütter Museum. Anna, the curator, asked if I could make a new skull for an upcoming project of theirs and of course I said yes, and then suggested that I make it in the museum itself. Since most of the items on display are very fragile I figured I'd be working with display jars or other non-historical materials. However, to my delight they had just acquired a collection of hundreds of beautiful real brain slices encased in acrylic (which had been dubbed "Zombie MRE's")! Since they're very sturdy I was allowed to used them as my material and I was set up in a lovely room that holds the card catalog for their library. Over the course of two days I arranged the slices on two large old library tables and climbed a ladder over and over making sure the image looked right from a single vantage point (where I would eventually take my picture). All told I used 375 slices and a bit of fabric for the eye/nose holes...

While I was there we filmed a few video segments as well...

As always I had a wonderful time with the staff of the museum and can't wait to get back there to do something else! While the piece itself was only temporary and dismantled shortly there are still tons of great stuff to see in the museum (including a few of the original Skull-A-Day pieces on display right next to the gift shop). I highly recommend you visit the Mütter Museum you're ever in Philadelphia, you won't be disappointed.

Hard and Soft Skulls

Artist Paula Osbun, of The Grinning Skull, wrote: “A friend just told me about your site and I was so excited to find it! Excellent! I have developed a strong interest in the Day of the Dead (my mother is Mexican) and began doing art inspired by it about two years ago. ”

Skull with Crown (cushion, hand applique)

Black and White Skull (hand made polymer clay sculpture )

Punk Death (hand made polymer clay sculpture)

Smiling C says:

I really like the different skull sculptures (skullptures) that you do. I can envision a possible series of skulls of famous people through history with matching bases. I also appreciate the amount of work that goes into your soft sculptures, it takes technical proficiency to make them turn out as successfully as they do. Thank you for submitting your work to us, and make sure you thank your friend for sharing Skull-A-Day with you.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

[BONUS] Fellow 365er: Burger365

Charlton was inspired by Skull-A-Day to start the Burger365 project, which as the name suggests involves creating a burger shape every day for a year. He's already 100 in and has done some incredible work so far, including making  #99 a tribute to Skull-A-Day!...

You definitely should be following his progress on his Everything Burger site or on the project's Facebook fan page!

Are you making a daily project inspired by Skull-A-Day? Let us know!

DIY Digital Skulls

Our friend Eike in Germany, the creator Skull of The Year Awards, shared two nifty free image-making programs that are available online, which of course he used to make skulls that he shared as well...

First up is based on an amazing German art project called Blinkenlights where a real building was turned into a giant digital display! Even though the project is over, you can still get a taste of it with their Blinkenpaint program, which allows you to make images by virtually turning on and off lights in a photo of the building.

Next is LEGO Digital Designer, a nifty tool for making your own virtual creations out of the world famous building blocks! If only I had found this when I made my own Lego Skull...

I hope you'll give them a try and hey, if you find some other great free online image-making tool and you create a skull with it, send us the results!

Monday, August 23, 2010

[BONUS] Skull-A-Day in Use: Hoodie!

The fine folks at Sibling London have released a lovely knit hoodie using my Skulladelic image!

There are only a limited number available, which can be purchased online HERE.
The original breton they made using this design is still for sale in their shop as well HERE and HERE.

Doodle Skulls

Nemo is an artist touring the usa in a van. He sent us a photo of a skull that he drew on his jeans and a day of the dead girl. You can find more of his artwork on his blog and website.

Day of the Dead Girl

Skull on Jeans

I love the use of the concentric circles to form parts of the images. With the girl, the curves of the radiating circles (like ripples in water), form the tendrils of her hair. The chest has stacked half circles that reminds me of scales. It is really nice to see the shading that is formed when the design is compacted smaller at the underside of the chin. I like the graphic quality formed by using black, white and gray with pops of red. The heart is a simplified Sacred heart and is positioned where a regular heart would be. You all already know the deeper personal meaning hearts have for me and it is the same with this piece. If you look closely, there are faint lines of lips under the lines for the teeth, or stitching. In combination with the broken heart on her forehead (broken mind?, stitched mouth, sacred heart and tears, this piece could be thought to be about the pain of love that we all endure at one point in our lives. We all hope it doesn't kill us.

The 2nd piece is drawn on a pair of jeans. It is far more intricate and nice than anything I ever painted on my jeans. Similar to the tendrils of the girl's hair, the use of the circles help form the shape of the face, give it dimension. They also are used in both flowers, showing the lines of petals. The larger concentric circle on the forehead also plays with my eyes, causing lines to radiate from the center, forming gray triangles. Of course, that is just an optical illusion. These are both excellent pieces and makes me want to make a better doodle than the similar ones I've done before.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Skull-A-Day Press: Craft

Craft gave a nice shout out to my Robot Skull Papercraft!

See the post HERE.

Have you made one yet? Why not send in a picture!

Sunday Simulacra - Version 4.12

Today’s Simulacra come to us in their natural state.

Perrie Perth, Western Australia wrote: “When making movies using a film camera, occasionally the noise of the film ticking through interferes with the audio on set. Enter Barney. It's a padded bag we use to cover the magazine of the camera and dampen the sound. I always thought he had a skully resemblance to him.”

MaxSmoke said: “Found this looking back at me from my coworker’s laptop bag.”

Marissa Denton, TX says: “Happy skull making!”

Workplace C says:

We encounter these objects in our everyday lives paying no attention to them until one day the light is different or the item is at a different angle from the way we usually see it and suddenly a simulacra appears that has been there all along. Keep looking out for those simulacra that are just yearning to be discovered and thank you all for this week’s collection of discovered simulacra.

Keep sending those pictures in to our submissions address. Just keep in mind that since we only post simulacra once a week it might take a little longer than normal for it to be posted.

p.s. Marissa sent this

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Super Skull Saturday Folkart Skulls

Tatman is off today, but to help you forget your pain, I wanted to share with you another installment of Super Skull Saturday.

Today’s installment comes from artist Robin Romain, of Raw Bone Studio, in Santa Ana, CA. In her bio she tells us that she enjoys “childlike forms, unusual color combinations and seeing the humor in life” as well as primitive art. Robin, of course, also mentioned how much she enjoys skulls.

Decorative C says:

This is such an amazing body of work. I am truly glad I got the opportunity to feature you today. I admire your multi-discipline work in that you are both a metal artist as well as a fabric one. It is as if you know the two extremes and everything in between. I am a sucker for felt skulls, so those are my favorite, but I also truly am enamored by the sardine can skull. What a great upcycling of these containers. Thank you for allowing us to share your work with our readers.

Friday, August 20, 2010

[Flashback Friday] 339. Video Fan Skull

Welcome to another addition of Flashback Friday.** This year the guest editors, Azurafae, Tatman, and myself, Citizen Agent, are taking turns counting down our personal favorite 17 skulls from the Original 365.25 Year. So please join us as we visit the archives and add our additional commentary on some of the original pieces.

#7: 339. Video Fan Skull

Buggles C says:

Just recently my local video store closed down and there were huge walls with only a few movies. If the employees hadn’t been so disgruntled I would have attempted to do something like this in solidarity with those who were about to lose their jobs. It was sad to see that this chain store who chased out the independents a few years ago now were being chased away by the internet leaving nothing in the community.

This piece however, is a great example of how Skull-A-Day shifted that year. At first it all rested on Noah to finish the project, but as it grew that year, by the end it became much of a community effort to see this project succeed. Noah still did all the skulls, but there was this cheer-leading effect that seemed to emerge and much of the second half included skulls that came about because of others’ involvement. I guess one could say that what you need in order to have a successful 365 project is the support of friends that will inspire and teach you when your bucket list is empty.

**Flashback Friday was a weekly countdown of the fan selected top 52 skulls of Skull-A-Day 1.o. 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.

Candy Skull

Tiffany Berkovitz sent this in on behalf of her son Jacob who saw her earlier post here and was inspired to create his own skull for us.

HF-C-S says:

It looks as if your skull may have lost all of its teeth, maybe due to its sweetness. We are always happy to learn that someone was inspired by the site enough to go out and create art. Being that this art is both delicious and temporary makes it only that much sweeter. Thank you for sharing your work with us, and congratulations on joining the ranks of other great candy skulls of the past.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dia de la Abby: #12 - Skull with Flowers

With Dia de los Muertos quickly approaching (72 days until), I was inspired to make a colorful skull.

I love mixing flowers with skulls. It's reminiscent of Dia de los Muertos folk art as well as a representation of life and death. It's also very funereal. Flowers are still used to adorn caskets and graves. Once a need to cover the scent of death, they now are just a decoration. For me, flowers remind me of the beauty of life which helps in trying to celebrate the life of the deceased. Dia de los Muertos is a yearly 3 day festival that celebrates the lives of the deceased. You have to remember the past to appreciate what you have in life.

I used colorful acrylic paint and a black paint pen to make this piece. Oh and my trusty anatomical skull, as well as many beautiful flower photos for reference. In all of my other skull paintings I've only used black paint pen on a white canvas (except 1, I used crayon to color it in on the white canvas), so this piece is very different. I haven't painted like this in many years, so I definitely wanted to experiment with techniques, so I would find one that achieved my desired look. To find out what I did, see the tutorial. For those of you who are curious about what plants and creatures I used, they are blue daisies, blue purple hydrangeas, a sunflower, a lotus, a red pink carnation, 2 different ferns, a male yellow tiger swallow tail and it's caterpillar. The creatures are my favorite type of butterfly. I have the female tattooed above my heart, which I've mentioned before is a reminder of the delicacy of life.

Every week in the 4.0 year, I will be post my own Dia de la Abby posts as well as a tutorial with instructions on how I made my piece. Hopefully you feel inspired by my posts just as I was by Noah's Skull-A-Day 1.0 daily project. Need more of me than just a weekly dose, follow me on Twitter.

Sergey's skulls

Rona Green from Melbourne, Australia sent us this linocut and etching entitled "Sergey".

I recently adopted a kitten who likes to play rough, so this kitty caught my attention immediately. This kitty looks like he is up to no good. Looks like you can expect some piracy, fancy hats, pipe smoking, country music, candle lit dinners, an aversion to Black Widows, long walks on the beach at sunset and it looks like he has no commitment issues. Wait, with the exception on piracy (maybe he is just really good at protecting people), he seems like the perfect man. Wait, he's a cat...drat. Well, you take what you can get. I wonder if he likes cleaning.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

[BONUS] Papercraft Robot Skull

Inspired by a friend of mine who asked me to make a piece of robot art for her I decided to update my Papercraft Skull with a new robot skin!

As always I've provided a free downloadable PDF so you can make your own!

And hey, if you feel like making a custom design you can also download a blank version of the pattern as well. Of course if you make something new please send me a picture or two so I can share with everyone here!

Apple Core Skull

Tom Adams, who brought us the “Skelebike”, returns with a not so permanent skull. Tom wrote: “My daughter left this half finished apple sitting on the table today and I couldnt help notice how much it looked like a skull. So not wanting to waste an apple and a perfect opportunity I carved this little beauty and decided to dry it in the hot car. So here is the ‘Day One’ photo.” We learned from Tom that day that putting an apple in a hot car was a bad idea.

Pothat C says:

Even though this piece only lasted a few hours it was a great success while you had it. Let me encourage you to continue this persuit with some info that I uncovered here. Thank you for sharing this with us, and remember a Skull-A-Day keeps the boredom away.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pinstriping Skull

Micah Vogel from Omaha, NE sent us this piece. "I've started to teach myself to pinstripe, and here is a skull designs I came up with and painted."

I like seeing pinstriping. It reminds me of the details on classic cars. It would look great the hood of a
Pontiac Firebird (should the "Firebird" not be there) or the side panels of a '57 Chevy Impala...which are my dream cars. I can imagine that any care that would be adorned with this pinstriping would of course, need skull print upholstery and a skull dangling in the rear view mirror. Maybe one day, I will have a car like this, but for now, I can only dream.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Skeleton Doll

Daniel Nicholas made this pretty girl for a friends birthday. He said, "she turned out so good I almost kept her for myself."

I really love this saucy skeleton senorita. She is definitely enjoying her dance with dead. The details are what really makes this doll sensational. The orange fascinator with orange bird is something I might actually wear, but in black...you know, to be subtle...yeah. The dress is beautiful with it's tiers, bows and very sultry front slit. The skeleton is beautiful and curvy. I like the use of flesh tones mixed with the bones. It makes you unsure if she is really dead or just playing dead. She is a fantastic doll. I can see why you almost kept her.