Thursday, April 30, 2009

Refrigerator Skull

Marcos Oliveira Jr. & Tatiana Alves of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil made good use of their refrigerator magnets...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

[BONUS] Secret Skull Stencil in Use

Rose at McMayhem did an awesome job using my Secret Skull Wallpaper stencil to spruce up her bathroom...



See the full post about it HERE.

Pyrography Pea Skulls

Natalia made this fun piece with a wood burning tool and acrylic paint. She also introduced me to the term Pyrography! Her work is for sale on Etsy HERE...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Skull-A-Day: What's Next

Believe it or not the second year of the Skull-A-Day project has nearly ended! While I never planned to have this be more than a one-year project, I just couldn't abandon the awesome community that had sprung up around it. And for the past year you all have amazed me with the incredible range of ways the skull can be represented. It's truly been a treat to get emails from people young and old from across the globe who have been inspired by this project. Amazingly the submissions haven't slowed down and so I once again feel compelled to commit myself to keeping this site going for another year, as long as you the fans want to keep it going. Of course I can't ever do the same thing twice, so I'm making a big change for Skull-A-Day 3.0 that I'm very excited to tell you about...

I am bringing on two new guest editors! You'll probably recognize their names if you've been visiting here for any length of time: Justin AKA Tatman & the mysterious Citizen Agent!

Tatman has been posting comments and submitting skulls since nearly the beginning of the project. He's been a fantastic booster of the project and his endlessly positive attitude makes him a perfect fit with the ongoing goal of the site to encourage creativity in any form it may take. Read Justin's bio HERE.

Citizen Agent has also been commenting since nearly the beginning, and though he has remained anonymous to even me, he has still managed to become a trusted friend of the project. Indeed, C was even given permission to create Skull #366 (the only officially numbered skull not made by myself) to commemorate the end of the proect and the fact that the original project happened during a leap year. Read Citizen Agent's bio HERE.
Throughout year 3 they will be posting the submissions you send in as well as coordinating monthly creative contests! I hope you will give them a warm welcome.

One other item to note for S-A-D 3.0...

There's a brand new submission address! Please make sure you've made a note of it for when you're ready to submit your own work.

Thanks again for all of you kind support for this project. I hope you'll continue to read, be inspired, and submit your work in the coming year!

Skull-A-Day Press: Girly Girl Army

Thanks to Girly Girl Army for naming Skull-A-Day as the "Best Skull Site"!

GirlyGirlArmy.com
4/27/09

Skull Assemblages

Artist Jud Turner made these amazing pieces. Be sure to check out his site to see more of (and buy) his work...


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Simulacra - Round 34

Jackie Carr of Woodland, Alabama found this fellow melting on her pancakes one morning...




Emily Seah discovered this skull shape, "that slowly materialized in a sauce dish while I was eating at a Japanese restaurant in Cranston, Rhode Island."...




and LLLT (Lana) discovered this sneaky skull hiding in the back of a photo she had taken in her yard...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Skull-A-Day Press: How Magazine

There's a nice page about Skull-A-Day in the current issue of How Magazine as part of an article about daily projects!



How Magazine
June 2009

Rocks & Skulls

A couple of recent submissions that combine rock skull simulacra and creative work...

Suzanne Barnes found this rock and made her own lovely illustrated version of it...



and Justin AKA Tatman says, "My family was out enjoying the great weather today, and I came across this rock in our garden. I decided to enhance it a little with my engraver. I have dubbed him "Roc". Not only do I see the skulls I helped draw, but many more partial ones."...


Friday, April 24, 2009

Skull-A-Day Notebooks Photos!

Just got these lovely photos of the new Skull-A-Day notebooks made by Modofly and I had to share...
(links to buy them are below each image)










Bob's Big Skull

Dave Silva's "Migraine Bob" is one of his 30+ custom Bob's Big Boy banks he's made...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

[Bonus] Rorschach Skull Tattoo!

Danny Cutup of Sag Harbor, New York just got this awesome tattoo of my Rorschach Skull design! It was done by Rob White at Cliff's Tattoos in Selden, NY...


He's joined the elite ranks of fellow Skull-A-Day tattooed folks: GlobGlob (who used the Skullphabet for a tattoo), Katrina (who had a tattoo designed for her Skull-A-Day fans) and of course myself. Any other Skull-A-Day tattoos out there I don't know about? Send me a picture and I'll send you a specially signed bookplate for your copy of my book (assuming you've bought it!). And hey, if you don't want to make as serious a commitment as Danny you can always just buy a Rorschach Skull T-shirt!

Skull Fairy

Kim Agatha Quinola from the Philippines says, "I may be all-pink on the outside, but my taste for art, literature and music is of macabre and phantasmagoric things. A goth classmate of mine found out that I have a sticker of Grim from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy on my pink notepad. She soon introduced me a to skull-a-day.com. I write weird fairytales, and Boney is a grief fairy whose job is to make fairytale characters weep to advance the plot. She grants wishes to those who pine enough to satisfy her whimsy. She's also an apprentice of Death."...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And the winner is...

Congratulations to SForrest who was the randomly* selected winner of the RawJawBone T-shirt conest!
Once I get your contact info your prize will be on its way. Thanks again to everyone who entered, I really enjoyed reading your stories. Stay tuned for more contests soon and don't forget, even if you didn't win, you can still buy both shirts directly HERE.

*Winners are chosen by assigning a sequential number to every entry and then using Random.org to get the winning number!

Giraffe Skulls

Dav Guedin from France made these fantastic dolls...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Holy Skull

Lyndsay Ross, an advertising design student at Syracuse University, made this fantastic woodblock print while studying in Florence, Italy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Contest Reminder - Win A RawJawBone Skull T!

Just a reminder that you only have until Midnight Eastern Time tonight to enter the random drawing to win a RawJawBone skull T-shirt. Details are HERE.

Happy Little Skull Doll

Catherine AKA JunkerJane shared another one of her fantastic dolls (many of which are for sale on Etsy)!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Simulacra - Round 33

W Leach found this sneaky guy hiding on a coat...



Jennifer says, "My boyfriend's sister baked cookies this past weekend for a little get together we had and one came out with chocolate chips aligned in a skull fashion. Of course being the skull consultant I insisted on a photograph of this skull. Kelly, my boyfriend's sister and baker, insisted on adding the adjacent pretzles for crossbones. Pretty cool, considering she thought it was humorous with texture and chip placement, but above all I think that I may be starting to be welcomed into the fabulous brady bunch family they are. (Boyfriend's family= blonde, blue eyes, happy family games; Me=skull tattoos, peircings, metal)"...

and Julie Paintain discovered this skull-y something (cicada shell?) on her plant...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Popped Skull

Jorge made this fun popped popcorn skull illustration...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Granny's Skull Dolls

Random Granny in Northampton, England makes and sells these happy looking skull dolls...



UPDATE 4/19: Just got this note from Random Granny AKA Nicola after I told her about the interest in buying her work..."OOOoooh how exciting! I am currently getting a website designed which shouldn't be too long now. I sell them locally at the Bicycle Basket Bazaar in Northampton, UK and they have proved very popular. I also have a range of other (slightly bizarre) things. I am more than happy to sell them via email in the meantime. I have another email dedicated for selling which is randomgranny_AT_yahoo.co.uk that I can be contacted on...You've made my day!!"

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mutant Skull

Michael Herring in Broomfield, Colorado painted this intense image. It's 30" x 40" and currently showing in a Boulder, CO hair salon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

[BONUS] Skull Stencil in Use

Gail Stewart made this lovely purse out of a vintage placemat, chopsticks, and my Cocoa Stencil. She's selling it (and potentially a few more) on Etsy and donating the profits to the Australian Red Cross to benefit victims of the February Victoria bushfires. You can get it HERE.

Lego Portrait Skull

Jennie Kadrioski says, "I was sitting on the floor with my son and his Legos one day, and, bored with making trucks and tiny houses, found inspiration in both Allan Bedford's Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (which contains a fine chapter on mosaic) and Skull-a-Day. My son was so enamored with it, he wouldn't allow it be dismantled for days!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

[CONTEST] Win a RawJawBone T-shirt!

My friend Richard John Becker of RawJawBone Graphics has kindly offered to give away one of his fantastic skull T-shirts to a lucky reader of Skull-A-Day!

You have a choice between his "Tragedy over time is Comedy"...



and "Skull Bulb" shirts...

To be entered into a random drawing to win the shirt of your choice, just leave a comment below telling us about the most favorite T-shirt you ever owned (and maybe even a short story about why it's your favorite)!

You just have until Midnight (Eastern Time) on Monday, April 20th to enter so don't delay. [UPDATE 4/21] The contest is over and the winner will be announced soon! Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories!

And of course you don't have to wait til the contest is over to get your own shirt (or one of a number of other great items) at the RawJawBone Graphics Ebay Store.

Good luck!

Tough Skull

Calavera from Santiago, Chile created this excellent tattoo style illustration...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tatman's Skullapalooza

Longtime Skull-A-Day fan Justin AKA Tatman has gone on a skull making frenzy recently and produced a bunch of great pieces!

This one was inspired by Alex's junk drawer skull...



The first mustard skull of the project...



A "zip screw" skull. Justin says, "It is made of 354 total 1/4" hex head x 3/8" screws used for attaching downspouts and elbows to gutter. The overall size is about 6" wide by 71/2" high. My forearm was little tired after screwing all of those in(that didn't sound right)."...




A revisit of my Cork Skull...



A block skull, about which he says, "My 3 year old knew it was a skull. I was so proud!"...



And finally Justin recently mailed me this fantastic gift, a custom carved rock...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Simulacra - Round 32

Rachael from New Jersey discovered this skully bruise...



and Kieran Egan in Bristol, UK found several skulls including, this one in the oven...



...this one on Whiteladies Road in Bristol...


...and this one left over after a brief snow storm...