Whilst perusing the net for a skull I found that Herbie the famous beetle has a darker side. Ok I made that up but I have a feeling this may be what the artist was intending, a kinda darker and filthier Herbie. This illustration was created by Arthur d’ ARAUJO and is also featured as a part of a bigger composition featuring a sexy rock chick.
Both of these skulls are available as prints and other products on Society 6
It is said that Lilith was created at the same time as Adam like an equal, unlike Eve who was made from Adams rib. Lilith refused to be subservient to Adam because she was a strong and proud women. God sent angels to capture her and force her back into the garden of Eden. She refused and vowed her revenge. It is said that you can hear Lilith cries at night, in the wind and in the cries of the animals in the dark. Lilith was also thought to mean ‘Owl’.”
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Death: A Self Portrait is an exhibition currently on show at the Welcome Collection in London and is from a collection of works from Richard Harris.
The exhibition has been running since November and will be closing its doors on the 24th February 2013 – I suggest going to see it; it’s free and full of skulls (not to forget loads of interesting information and history). See here for more details on Death: A Self Portrait.
The exhibition is one of the best that I have been too and contains a fantastically diverse collection of skulls, skeletons and anatomical art. The collection has been put together by Richard Harris and was inspired by anatomy in art, skulls and also death.
The collection comprises of around 1500 artworks and historical artefacts relating to death and Richard Harris started this collection in 2000 and is still collection works today. Harris has said: “As I get older the thought of my own demise has begun to enter my conscious thoughts. The universality of ‘Death,’ with the realisation that we will all die, encouraged me to begin the conversation of my mortality visually, rather than reading about it.”
You can see an interview below where he talks about the collection:
Just like Richard Harris, the exhibition also got me thinking of my own death – where will my skull be in a hundred years and what would I have done with it to not only enrich my life but also the lives of others.
All this time I have been drawn to skulls as objects for artistic expression but they are more than that. They represent our mortality, our life, past and present, and our imminent death. Initially when we started this blog posting skulls daily it was for enjoyment and to share our passion with you, but it’s more than that, it’s about celebrating life and death every day.
My favourite piece at the exhibition was this huge skull, Calavera from the Mondongo Collective (Argentina), plasticine on board, 2011; which is three-dimensional and and stands about 4 ft tall (rough guess). I have included the description from the Welcome Collection’s website below.
Calavera, Mondongo Collective (Argentina), plasticine on board, 2011
Argentinian collective Mondongo (the word for a traditional Argentinian tripe stew) assemble everyday things into irreverent three-dimensional collages. In this work, the economic and cultural dominance of Europe and the USA (represented by neoclassical architecture and Western literature) is seen to have radical consequences for South America (evoked by the villa miseria or shanty towns that are found close to Argentina’s largest cities). Copyright Mondongo Collective
Get on down to the Welcome Collection and explore death before it’s too late.
Norman Duenas certainly has a lovely set of skulls in his illustration portfolio with most looking pretty much perfect for t-shirts. As with a lot of young illustrators these days you can buy their prints on Society 6. Think it’s about time I bought one of them.
I have been following Design by Humans for awhile now and decided the other day to search in the skull t-shirts category. Man-o-man do they have a shedload of skull designs. Designs by humans works on the premise that you, the public, enter designs for voting and then one design everyday (though I do think they vary this) get chosen for printing as the ‘daily winner’. They have also started a new Collection category where the they feature some of their top designers.
Below are a few of these wicked skull t-shirt so make sure you visit the Design by Humans website to have a gander at the rest.
I recently bought this Book of Skulls from Amazon and it’s the perfect little book for any skull lovers’ coffee table. The book tells a story of the skull and how, from around the 1970′s, it has enjoyed a renaissance and emerged as one of the most recognisable symbols in today’s contemporary visual landscape. It’s over 150 pages of skull porn – from skull prints to skull sculptures and skull fonts to skull tattoos, this book has it all.
Dead Man’s Tales is a series of illustrations by Derek Nobbs. The series is inspired by a number of ports including Marseilles, Rotterdam and Buenos Aires in the twentieth Century. The illustrations all feature skulls which is why they have featured on the Skull Appreciation‘s wall.
These are 2 of our latest skull works of art – Eve and Sweet Vice. The artwork is inspired by what lies beneath and we are planning on doing a third one to complete the set. Both these pieces featured in our first 2 art exhibitions – the first, Sweet Vice, was displayed at the Abbey Tavern in Kentish Town for We Art Camden and the second, Eve, is currently on display at the Curious Duke Gallery in London for the current Art In-Flux exhibition.
These Halftone Polygons Skulls, by designer Jesse Johanning, were converted to halftones in order to screen print the graphics. Jesse commented on his project saying: “The goal of this project is dealing with man’s faulty and sometimes imprecise perception as well as the Decartesian idea that death is the only thing that is absolutely certain.”
We’ve also included process shots of the stages he went through in Photoshop.