I got to thinking that what I needed for my shrine was a doily. I have seen then on other shrines, cut outs with skulls and skeletons on them. So I thought I’d make one of my own.
Salvador Dali portrait that I found on Wikiart.
I started with Salvador Dali, because of course. And then I used a sharpie to turn him into a simplified, cut out-able skullitized silhouette. This required multiple passes through my brain to find something that made sense and wouldn’t be impossible to do with a pair of scissors or an x-acto knife.
Multiple passes. I love tracing paper.
Close enough to scan.
Then I took the final version, scanned it, cleaned it up in Photoshop, imported it to Illustrator, traced it and then selected all the parts that would be cut and made them black. Then I printed it out a few times and cut out the black parts. I used a hole puncher for all the little dots around the outside. When I set up my shrine I’m going to string the doilies all around it. Cool!
Here’s a version that you can download and print for yourself, if you like.
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This is the digital file, directly from my computer.
Here you can see the original line drawing and a test print.
Today’s sugar skull girl is digital.
I began with a line drawing from my sketchbook, scanned it, imported it to Adobe Illustrator, traced it, then filled her with frosting colors, added a pattern behind her and voila! Sugar skull deliciousness!
I’m going to frame her up and bring her to the Starving Artist gallery in St. Augustine, Florida in time for this weekend.
It’s fun to do art this way. It satisfies my craving for a smooth line drawing and it lets me adjust the sizes and colors with a mouse click. I can make her fit into any size frame that I have handy. Because I’m adding final touches, like the shading on her bones and glitter on her dress, each print will be a little bit different.
I love her bright colors and I love that she’s dancing. She makes me happy!
Here I’ve changed her colors and printed her out in three different sizes.
Isn’t she sweet?
Heather Sugar Skull, 8.5×5.5, black sharpie on sketch paper
Hi Heather! Here’s your sugar skull girl. Thanks for requesting it! It’s given me all kinds of ideas to try out so you can expect a few more along this line. Line. It’s a line drawing. Get it? I know, I know… It’s the coffee, as my sister would say. Someone oughta apply for a government grant and do a study.
Here’s a time-lapse video of the drawing. (Click the image to play the video.) Enjoy!
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