Paul Jackson's Skull Removal

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I spotted the Paul Jackson’s work on Illustrated Monthly and loved his style instantly. It reminds me a little bit of Nychos, with the skull outside of the head, only Nychos is more about dissection, where this for more about the soul leaving the body as it dies – my own opinion and could be completely wrong. The soul, being represented by the skull which represents our own mortality, hence the reason for it departing the body. I wonder if Paul would agree with me?