Monday, September 27, 2010

Caveira Skull

Returning artist, Ramon Rodrigues from Buenos Aires, Argentina, brings us a sketch done in a moleskin entitled "Caveira".

The shading and highlights work well to depict the delicate nature of a skeleton. I like how the right arm is a plant that is growing up through the eye in a way that allows the skull to view the flower. The use of a plant growing through and around the skull is a beautiful whimsical way to express what happens naturally when a body is buried in the earth. To be interned in the earth is to be turned into soil. Although a skeleton will not decompose and the plants of the earth will eventually encase it. It's one of the more beautiful processes of the macabre practice of burial.