The diversity shown in a fish skull is remarkable and just downright pretty to look at. When I say ‘skull’ I include the whole head area as the fish head/skull is made from various components.
I never really thought about what a fish skull would look like before construction. I figured it was a few linked pieces stuck together. Not at all. So if you were or are good at model plane buidling then give this a go.
I never even knew there was a term ‘Pastel Goth’ until I found these two decoupage animal skulls. These two skulls, a deer and a raccoon, are creations by 2 Flying Frisbys and were originally sourced from a local hunter.
These animal skulls were first processed to remove the flesh, an all natural process without the use of harsh chemicals. The decorations were achieved by creating decorated paper and cutting into small pieces for decoupage. There are also other elements like feathers, crystals and designs from old books. Suffice to say there is much more going on than first meets the eye. I think these would look great box mounted individually sourrounded amongst white freathers.
These decoupage animal skulls are for sale at £76.42 and only one is available (that means the two as a set). Ships form louisiana USA.
Another great looking skulll design from Miss Monster. Though this time instead of a werewolf skull bandana it’s only a fricken steampunk bear skull! I have a fascination with steam punk, not with regards to wearing any costumes but rather the creations they come up with. Aged metal parts and skulls make for a wicked combo.
This beautiful skull-themed print is by a french artist called Mr Walter from the Art&Toys website. I love black and white imagery and this piece also reminds me of an African-styled painting hanging in a typical African pub, only this time, it includes some sexy skulls.
I’m pretty sure we have all been introduced to the creepy looking Deaths Head Hawkmoth, notoriously featured on the famous ‘ Silence of the Lambs’ film poster. The skull is not what it seems upon closer inspection. Some of you may know this already so forgive me if I’m a little slow.
The Deaths Head Moth on the film poster has a skull but it is based on Dali’s skull image, ‘In Voluptate Mors’. Dali’s creation is is a group of women assembled to resemble a skull.
Another movie to utilize this the style of Dali’s skull is the film The Descent. If you have not watched this film then be sure to add it to your list. Not for those of you who suffer from fear of claustrophobia or blood sucking bastards.
Stephan Alexandr is an American designer and artist. He sources these animal skulls locally and imports these too, if not available in the US, paints and decorates them and in doing so transforms them into mountable pieces of striking art. The style reminds me of a simplified version of a recent artist I saw, when I attended the Blow My Mind’ exhibition by Lauren Baker.
I really like the shape of the Buffalo skull, and would love to see this in person as I think the size of it would surprise me, plus it’s proportionately very symmetrical which I love
Stephan has got a big selection of work to offer – visit his shop but do check out the rest of his site as it gives you plenty of info about him, his history and his work.
You Blow My Mind is a current exhibition by Hackney-based artist, Lauren Baker. The show is taking place at the Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington, London, and also features a collaboration between Lauren Baker and artist Sequin Kay. The exhibition runs until the 24th January 2014 – see you there this weekend?
“The show will take you on a journey through Baker’s Enchanted Afterlife series of beautifully hand painted, embellished human and animal skulls and then onto The Storm, an appreciation of science in the form of a powerful sound and light installation set up in room two of the gallery. The production will incorporate lightning bolts, smoke and crackling thunder.
Baker’s work explores the relationship between life, death and afterlife – inspired by time spent in the Peruvian Amazon and the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. By experimenting with different colours and textures such as crystal and neon, the artist aims to challenge the perception of her chosen objects. Each piece holds a unique spiritual power, creating an added depth.”
Visit their website to view more of Lauren’s work and to take a look at the other art coming up this year.
There is something quite delicious about monochromatic images with spots of colour as shown here with Hyperion (first image) by Concept Artist and Illustrator Naomi Chen. The rest of her portfolio pretty much follows suit with desaturated landscapes, darkly fantastic characters, nightmarish horses and some suited skull fella with horns.
Naomi Chen also works for Psyop which is pretty feckin awesome. Check out more of Naomi Chen
La Mano de Cuervo , translated as Raven’s Hand (or Crow Tongue?), is a random Flickr account find of a fella with a whole bunch of lovely photography from excursions into the forest. Amongst these gems are a few diamonds, in the form of skulls.
Check out the rest of La Mano de Cuervo and his photography over at his Flickr account.
We were recently contacted by one of our fellow SAS followers about identifying a certain animal skull which we are, ehum, in the process of finding out. One our searches on the interwebs we found this cracking website called Skulls Unlimited. The collection of skulls on this website is mind boggling whether they are real or replicas I’m pretty sure you will find what you are looking for.
Skulls Unlimited also works closely with the Museum of Osteology, Americas only skeleton museum located in Oklahoma City where they have over 300 skeletons on display. If you live in that area, then check it out and tell us all about it.
Whilst perusing their skulls I also realised that fish skulls are pretty damn weird, many with bones like interlocking plates of armour. Below are some of the fish skulls and some other unexpected finds.
If you follow our skull blog at all then you’ll have no doubt noticed that we’ve launched an online skull shop. The shop stocks a variety of skull merchandise including prints, t-shirts, jewellery, sculptures and home wares, all from a collection of artists from around the world including the UK, Australia, Canada and America.
All the artists are independent and postage costs do vary as they are posting from various corners of the globe so please double check the full price before completing your order.
We are always on the lookout for new additions to the store so if you would like to join the collective then please email us and we’ll send you the details.
This skulltastic Triceratops Skull is soon-to-be on sale at Christie’s London, the famous auction house. The sale is called “Out of the Ordinary” and it is opening next month. There are over 150 other bizarre artifacts, from a caged taxidermy ostrich to a massive triceratops skull to a 1950’s Italian robot. But let’s not digress and list all the things that aren’t skull related!
THE SKULL OF A TRICERATOPS, HELL CREEK FORMATION, MONTANA, Estimate: £150,000 – £250,000.
These amazing A3 illustrations have been created by Deviant artist Michelle Harvey. The detailed pen illustrations have a gritty feel to them and the stylised-imagery is powerful. My personal favourite is ‘Within Us’ and it is also a very piece of personal art by Michelle, and it certainly shows.
It’s been a great few days with regards to getting sent some sweet skulls from our fans. This selection of skulls is from Goth Chic Accessories and can be found on Etsy. The skulls range from cuff links, ornaments and replica fetal skulls.
The skulls range from around £6 to £40+ so there is an affordable option for everyone.