Illustration of a human Skull wrapped with Hibiscus Flowers inspired by the famous Day of the Dead Mexican Sugar Skulls by Terri Dennis aka Pop Art Diva.
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I love Day of the Dead skeletons and skulls. They are playful, colorful and a fun celebration of the Mexican holiday that remembers friends and relatives that have passed on to the spirit world. This joyful flower, food and drink filled festival is, to me, the best way to honor the dead. I've been to several celebrations in Mexico and New Mexico and I fell in love with all the charming, whimsically dressed calacas (skeletons) and bright, colorful sugar skulls that populate every stall, nook and cranny during the days (October 31 - November 2) of the festivities.
When drawing my illustrations for my fantasy coloring book, Through the Eyes of an Artist, I had to include a skull and this was the coloring page:
Like many of the pen and ink illustrations I did for this book, I knew I was also going to do a full color illustration of this image. This particular coloring book I published has some of my favorite pen and ink illustrations in it and I plan on doing several full color renderings of many in the book, if not all of them. But I had to start with this Skull and Hibiscus Flower first!