Happy Halloween! “Skull Goddess” is an exploration into the lighter side of the macabre. It’s inspired by my recent trip to Southeast Asia, primarily Bayon of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and the White Temple of Thailand, which depicts modern scenarios of good vs. evil. I created this via the usual pen/ink and graphite media, with a smidget of digital coloring. The pigments are kept to a minimum to highlight the details, but to also echo the stone carvings of the ancient temples.
This piece is available as an 8.5″ x 11″ art print HERE ON ETSY
After rewatching Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the St. Patrick’s Day parade, I was inspired to create “Nebulus Skull”. There are many different elements here–a skull designed with celtic and tribal patterns in an astrological environment, surrounded by a halo of leaves.
Of course, this is no ordinary skull. Its origin comes from the ancient stories of Gaia and H.P Lovecraft’s “Old Ones”, monstrous dieties dwelling in different realms of the universe. “Nebulus Skull” may look evil, but looks can be deceiving–it is in fact a benevolent creator of life.
“The Fates” (or Moirai) is based on the mythical goddesses that rule the thread of life: Spinner, Allotter and Unturnable. My version portraits a darker view of the Fates, where the Spinner produces the magical thread from the depths of her soul.
“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.