This bizarre look at popular yellow cartoon characters has been created by Egyptian illustrator Mahmoud Refaat. His illustrative work features the skulls and skeletons behind popular household names like Homer Simpson, Spongebob Squarepants and Tweety Bird to name a few. The cartoon skeletons give a glimpse as to what is behind what are normally cute or funny facades, and give the impression of a more devious scheme at work. I for one fricken love them.
Andy Brase may not use skulls as the focus of his works but they certainly show up in many of his works. Brase creates a lot of hellish and dark styled illustrations so it seems only natural our beloved skull to make an appearance.
I simply lovehis line-work and I particularly admire the character lighting. The detail in Brase’s drawings is amazing, more so when you realise these are not big drawings but rather small mechanical pencil drawings
Andy Brase is a fantasy artist from USA and is known for his dark characters, creatures and cover illustrations.
You can check out more of his work on Facebook, Blog or Deviant Art
This seemingly benign mask from Papua New Guinea (1801-1910) is actually made from a real human skull. As you can see the front has a jovial face and the back is sections of a human skull pieced together. You would literally be wearing someone’s face.
Maybe it was used to represent the deceased soul and by wearing it you could bring them ‘back to life’.
Found on Science & Society
Iif you are a fan of skulls then you will no doubt have wanted to own your very own array of real human skulls. Or one to start apart from the one in your head. You can do just that over at Skulls Unlimited.
Skulls Unlimited sell these real human skulls for about $1650 – $1950. This may seem steep but this is a real skull we are talking about.
You can even purchases a stand or wood carrying case, though I’m not sure you will be carrying your skull many places.
This creative collaboration between Bespoke Barware and Sweet Toof to create these cool skull mugs happened just round the corner from where this blog is being written – Hackney Wick! We should probably all meet up and become besties. Maybe at Hackney Wicked yeah? These hand-painted ceramic cocktail mugs feature the iconic Sweet Toof’s teeth, which are synonymous with Hackney Wick and East London and will be sold in a limited editions sets at Hackney WickED arts festival on the 2nd August. Come visit us then and get one of these skull-tastic mugs!
Time to relax with a nice bath courtesy of these magnificent skull taps! These can be found on Stephen Einhorn’s website and you can mix and match a number of other skull-themed bathroom decor. How bizarrely fabulous.
Description courtesy of Stephen Einhorn’s copy editors
“A pair of extremely original, yet beautiful, hand cast skull & crossbones Gothic Capstan heads, designed to be fitted onto Barber Wilson wall mounted taps/faucets. Your neighbours won’t have these! Available in chrome, nickel or Inca brass with a polished or satin finish and Swarovski crystal eyes – blue for cold & red for hot.”
This great skull sticker book, titled Stickerbomb Skulls, was put together by Studio Rarekwai and published by Laurence King. We, Mr Four Fingers, were lucky enough to be included in the project – we submitted some ‘skull people-inspired‘ illustrations which have been turned into stickers.
Stickerbomb Skulls is the latest themed book in the Stickerbomb series, featuring many forms of design and illustrations of skulls by an eclectic mix of artists from around the world. Skulls are a very strong visual icon used extensively in the worlds of fashion, jewellery, graphic design, music, street art and tattoos. The book will appeal to existing Stickerbomb fans as well as new fans who love skull imagery.
There is a also a launch party for the book happening in Singapore on the 1st August taking place at the Kult Gallery. Join the event on Facebook here.
This digital painting of a horned skeletal figure by Telthona reminds me of the white walkers from the Game of Thrones. I reckon Telthona’s icily evil ‘ Whisperer’ is fit to be their king. If you are into fantasy paintings then be sure to go and peruse the portfolio of Sandra Duchiewicz A.K.A. Telthona on Deviant Art.
Yes you read that correctly. Here we have, one massive, beer bottecap skull. Though the core is foam, the ‘skin’ as it were is made from hundreds of bottlecaps. We initial found out about this unusual skull on the blog called Green Diary, where they state the skull is made from “Bear Bottlecaps”. My sleepy brain was slow to realise there was no bear in sight and it was indeed’ beer’ and not ‘bear’ bottlecaps that were used. Gaah, damn you beer addled brain.
This huge skull tips the scales at close to a hundred pounds and was created by Mathew Causey who carved the foam and Molly Painter who re-skinned with beer bottlecaps.
The Consumer, a Pacman inspired piece, is by street artist SHOK-01. SHOK usually creates street art/graffiti which contains bones and inside the iconic Pacman-like figure is a skull. The meaning of the piece is quite literal and is aimed at all of us, including SHOK himself, who are constantly consuming whatever we can, sometimes without knowing why.
As skulls can’t speak, it is up to clever human beings, science, observation and a fair amount of ‘well maybe’ hypotheses to find out what they would say. One such case was the skull of a 14 year old girl from Jamestown 1609/1610 that told a story of supposed cannabalism.
During the winter of 1609/10, Jamestown was hit with a severe food shortage crisis which saw the residents eating their horses, cats, dogs, rats and even their shoes. The skeletal remains of a 14 year old girl were unearthed by chief archaeologist William Kelso. Later studies showed that the bones have what appears to be chop marks on the skull and cut marks on the jaw. Marks that are post mortem.
Read more about this interesting article or listen to the orated version over at Bay Area Bites.
Fun illustration of a skulled (chimpanzee?) cosmonaut called Abrek, created by comic illustrator Henrik Sahlstrom. You can check out the rest of Sahlstrom’s portfolio over at Deviant Art where he goes by the name of ‘Bumhand’.