*HALLOWEEN SPECIAL* Skull Make Up Tutorial

More Halloween goodness for you in our ongoing *Halloween Special*, this time with a superbly shot video tutorial on how to do a half skull face. The only thing I am not so sure about it the presenters painted on eye brows. I hate it when girls do that so when guys do it it confuses me. Unless he has just done i to really nail the face paint idea? Happy to hear your thoughts on this.

I hope our skull face painters will be doing something similar at our skull art exhibition’s opening night this Friday! I need to get this done to my face :)

Skull Artist Announcement – Punctured Artefact – Celebrabis Vitae

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As I predicted I have run out of time to blog about all our artists! But do not despair, I will be updating the blog with all the artists during the exhibition!

But without further adieu, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Punctured Artefact to our amazing list of artists for Celebrabis Viate. I have to admit that I immediately fell in love with her work as soon as I laid eyes on it – the piece itself is a 50x70cm piece of leather which has been beautifully tattoo’d with some delightful skulls! The detail and the sheer volume of work is outstanding! Can’t wait for you to see it :)

CELEBRABRIS VITAE Exhibition Details:

  • Private View and opening night: 31st October 2014
  • Open from 1st November until the 6th November, which falls on a First Thursday

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Skull LED Light



This Skull Led Light design by Viviana Furlanetto, is the business and I expect you, being the skull-loving person you are, love it too. Yorick‘s light shines from within, cutting a line through the ceramic exterior, creating the perfect ambiance in any room.

LED table light in ceramic, handmade in Italy to a high quality finish
and fitted with a fabric flex. The dimensions are: 19x19x14cm  and it weighs just 1Kg – worth checking postage prices before confirming your order :)

*Halloween Special* DIY Skull Masks

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If you can’t be arsed painting your face with a skull then these amazing DIY skull masks from Wintercroft will do the trick. Plus if you are on a toight budget and would rather splash the cash on beer or candy then these skull masks are perfect – they are only £4.50!

We are actually going to be creating some of these for our upcoming skull party and art exhibition, Celebrabis Vitae so will update this post once we’ve got some killer pics from the event.

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Taken from Wintercroft’s website this gives you a quick overview of how to make it yourself: “This mask is simple to make and the construction techniques are the same as my other masks. basically, if you can cut out shapes, match up numbers and tape edges together, you can build the mask. It is as simple as that. It takes approximately two to three hours to build from printing the templates to finishing the mask. The finished masks are pretty robust due the their polygon construction and will survive the wildest of parties.

Just print the templates full size on A4 paper, stick them to the card, cut them out, match the numbers and tape the parts together. The Mask is approximately 270 mm front to back, 270 mm tall and 210 mm wide and will fit most people.

Shogyo Mujo @ Adobe MAX BASH

This amazing skull design project, Shogyo Mujo, reminds me of that Amon Tobin 3D set design which makes his stage come alive with images and graphics. I would love to see this in person as the visual feasting my eyes would enjoy would be mind-blowing.

Shogyo Mujo is a transient 3D projection-mapped skull collaboration between design firm BARTKRESA design, artist Joshua Harker, and staging company WorldStage.
It represents the 1st of the 3 marks of Dharma which states that all things are impermanent. This philosophy is visualized through a myriad of mappings onto the skull, transforming it into dozens of unique experiences.

Shogyo Mujo @ Adobe MAX BASH from BARTKRESA design on Vimeo.

  • Skull design – Joshua Harker
  • projection design – Bart Kresa
  • creative direction – Bart Kresa, Vincent Rogozyk
  • graphic design – Vincent Rogozyk, Dylan Roscover, Alek Morawski, Lukasz Cwiek, Marta
  • Zurawska, Joshua Harker
  • animation – Vincent Rogozyk, Dylan Roscover
  • playback and interactive system programming – Dylan Roscover
  • real time performance – Bart Kresa, Vincent Rogozyk, Dylan Roscover
  • original concept – Veronique Pittman
  • digital projectors – Christie Digital
  • skull fabrication – Paul Quilter, Arc Stone Design

Halloween Special – Skull Make Up

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As  Halloween approaches I thought I’d do some Halloween-inspired posts in a  small series called Halloween Special. To kick us off I found this truly bizarre skull make up – it hurts my eyes! But I love it. Not sure who the dud is but found on Facebook on a page called ‘I BET I CAN FIND 1,000,000,000 WHO LIKE DARK GOTHIC HORROR.’

Day of the Dead Workshop by Lauren Baker

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Halloween and Day of the Dead are the gifts that just keeps giving us more and more skull action. It really is one of the best times of the year and both are growing in popularity which is great for us macabre-loving folk.

The gift I am referring to here is Lauren Baker’s Day of the Dead Workshop  which is happening on the 2nd November at the Russet and will cost you £45. We will also be surprising one of our lucky guests at Celebrabis Vitae with a free ticket to the workshop – cheers Lauren.

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Workshop led by artist Lauren Baker
3 hour workshop includes materials

Día de los Muertos helps us acknowledge and internalize, so that we may live our lives with more awareness and meaning. For many, it is a time of partying and celebration; for others, it is a time Unknownof introspection. At its most potent, it is a balanced blend of the two.

  • Learn about the Day of the Dead and the use of skulls in art
  • Hear about Lauren Baker’s journey of skull art
  • Use a diverse range of materials to paint and embellish your skull
  • Take your finished skull art home
  • PRICE: £45
  • LOCATION: The Russet, London, E8 2BT

Book now by emailing: [email protected]

Celebrabis Vitae Opening Night is Sold Out!


The opening night of our skull art exhibition, Celebrabis Vitae, is sold out!! BOOM. Thanks for the support! Halloween promises to be extra special night.

For those who missed out don’t worry, the gallery is open daily and we’ll be hosting a free event on the 6th November. Details here.

Celebrabis Vitae Exhibition Details

  • Dates: 1st November – 6th November
  • Times: 10am – 6pm
  • Address: Box Studio, 1-3 French Place, E1 6JB
  • Freebies: Pistonhead Lager on entry (while stocks last)

Skull Artist Announcement – Hannah Adamaszek – Celebrabis Vitae

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Some artists have a hidden secret, a guilty pleasure if you will, where they get the chance to draw something which is not only challenging but also something they long to draw or paint! Now I’m not sure if this is the case with upcoming artist Hannah Adamaszek, but I’d like to think so. For Celebrabis Vitae, Hannah has created this original skull on canvas using acrylic and using the colours synonymous with her style and execution. We love it!

We met Hannah through the Curious Duke Gallery here in London, and in the 3 years we have known her we have seen her grow into a fine artist mixing painting and street art together to bring striking female portraits. He style is distinct and beautiful and she’s one of the ‘hottest’ artists around currently making some serious waves in the London art scene. Hannah has broken her own mold by taking part in the show but we do hope she makes more skulls, but only for us :)

Take a look at Hannah’s other paintings and street here on her website.

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Halloween Treats from Black Baroque

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Black Baroque have been kind enough to donate some of their amazing skull-shaped magnets for the prize we are giving away at Celebrabis Vitae, the upcoming skull art exhibition which is opening next week on the 31st October 2014. One lucky winner will be chosen on the night to win a goodie bag full of skull treats worth over £100!

The magnets are great, and really detailed! They are a decent size (17.78 x 13.33 cm) which I love and have been die cut to ensure amazing accuracy in the design. They are definitely the perfect Halloween treat for lovers of the macabre and gothic. They are also super affordable and start from just £5.70 for one

Here is a happy Halloween message from Black Baroque – be sure to visit their Etsy store.

“Happy Halloween! Decorate your refrigerator with our Skull Magnet! Our magnets are unique to Etsy as they are die cut into the actual shape of the image, fully backed with vinyl magnetic material. Our magnets are also different than any other magnets on Etsy as they are made to mix and match so you can make your own art on your refrigerator while at the same time they are very strong to hold your photos and papers up on your fridge! We also sell our original art prints shown in Photo 3, which is how we became one of Etsy’s top sellers. Our magnets make great wedding gifts, birthday gifts, stocking stuffers, party favors, hostess gifts and more!”

Skull Artist Announcement – Le Marke – Celebrabis Vitae

Le_Marke's skull Illustration

It’s nice when you are a fan of someone’s work and they are a fan of yours. Le Marke, or Antonio Aguirre, started following our progress through Mr Four Fingers and we in-turn did the same, and now he’s creating some great skull illustrations, among others. The guy is super talented and passionate about his craft, and we are happy to help kick-start his journey into a world of art, illustrations and the macabre. It gives me the utmost pleasure introducing Le Marke as one of our skull artists who will be exhibiting at the skull art exhibition that is Celebrabis Vitae.

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Skull Artist Announcement – Amy Napper – Celebrabis Vitae

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At this rate I will run out of days before I can post about all the skull artists we are featuring at Celebrabis Vitae! Amy Napper, founder of The Decadent Decline, is the next exciting artist to join the growing list of amazing talent on show.

Amy adores all things gothic and is obsessed with skulls, skeletons and the portrayal of death, shrouded in the remnants of our decadent history… She has a very distinctive style and her piece looks great! It’s not the one I am sharing with you now though as I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises! You’ll just have to wait and see what skull masterpiece she has created :)

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Michael’s Guide to Life

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‘Michael’s Guide to Life‘ is not some sort of skull themed Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy  but rather a sum of personal experiences by Michael Pharaoh. Designed to look fucking cool, this book details the experiences and good advice that he has experienced so far in life.

To further bring his idea to life, the skulls and various other elements were implemented across a range of collateral from business cards to tote bags. It all looks quite lovely.

Michael Pharaoh is a Graphic designer from New Zealand.

Originally found on Adweek

2 Weeks Until Celebrabis Vitae


There are just 2 weeks to go until our inaugural skull art exhibition, Celebrabis Vitae, and the whole thing is coming together nicely! Lots of the artists are finalising their artwork and all will be ready, fingers crossed for opening night.

There are just 50 tickets left, it’sa big vnue, so please make sure you buy yours ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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Skull Sketch by Lisa Moran


Sometimes the nicest drawing can simply be a loose sketch, one of the ideas that leads up to the ‘final piece’. This is one of those times.

This skull sketch was created by Lisa Moran of Ireland, and was actually a process shot. The final was never saw the light of day as somewhere along the line a mistake was made. Going from this sketch I reckon Lisa definitely needs to create more with the intent of not finishing them as these sketches are pretty sweet.

This hand painted skull is pretty damn well executed.

Lisa Moran Sketch

Originally found on Skullspiration