“Macabre Roses” was inspired by the old bookplate designs of the Arts & Crafts Era and the Art Nouveau periods. Although ram skulls are incorporated into the piece, they take a backseat to the bevy of roses. This piece has a gothic romanticism to it, where skulls are not a thing of horror, but simply a part of life.
The piece was created initially with pen and graphite, then scanned, digitally colored, with custom textures created and incorporated into the background.
“Nature Horror Skull” is a dark surrealist print I loved creating, as the theme is a little darker, inspired by old alchemy illustrations and mystical folklore. I transferred the piece to wood and painted the edges a bit, with an overlay of acrylic. This item is available at my ETSY shop
“Forgotten Innocence” is another wood art transfer print based on a mixed media creation I did a little while ago. The inspiration stems from Day of the Dead and old Renaissance paintings. The wood print is now on my ETSY SHOP
“Momento Mori” is Latin for “Remember Death”, which speaks of the transient nature of objects and one’s mortality. I wanted to create a world which celebrates positivity and beauty in all forms, where memories of love exists beyond the confines of time. The original artwork was created with ink, graphite, some of my own photography, and a touch of digital coloring. PRINT AVAILABLE HERE
Here are some concept sketches for “Momento Mori”. I wanted to infuse some steampunk elements, but after the rough sketch, decided to add some roses to soften up the image. I’m pretty pleased with how this piece came out as it exhibits an emotional narrative.
These photos were taken at the California Academy of Sciences Skull Exhibit–incredibly fascinating! I love the semi-smile of the snapping turtle (top) to the sinister grin of the alligator. . . more images to come.