Patterned Skulls in Ink for Illustration Friday

Arturos and the Witch’s Eye ATC
2.5″ x 3.5″, Copics, Microns, gel pen

There was once a mute witch who lived in a cave outside of town with her cat called Arturos. She sold love potions and healing balms to any villagers brave enough to visit. As legend tells, she plucked out her own right eye, and the right eye of Arturos, and switched them. It is said her new eye allowed her to see into the twilight world of cats. What Arturos saw, he never told.

Submitted to “Worn” for Illustration Friday. Both the eye and the skull are quite worn! They were displayed for a short time at the Oddity Museum of Ulster, but were reportedly removed when an elderly couple insisted the eye was moving in its (borrowed) socket. At least that’s what the placard beside the plaster replica says! I do not know if any of this story is true, but it does bring a touch of magic and a few curiosity seekers to the village.

Red Yellow Skull, and Red Skull with Lizard
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″, Copics, Microns, gel pen on Bristol Board

Two more skulls! I quite like the red one with the lizard. This is not subject matter I usually cover! All three were created for a “Bones” swap. I’ve been thinking lately I want more cards for my shop, and fewer for trading – simply because there is only so much time in the day! On the other hand, the swaps provide lots of inspiration in the form of other artists (just like Illustration Friday!) and also require subjects I am not as familiar with, which is excellent practice. Balance is the thing I must find.

Reference photo for the red skull (it’s a bit spooky). Thanks for stopping in!

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15 thoughts on “Patterned Skulls in Ink for Illustration Friday

  1. hedwig

    Wow! Cindy! This is something different. But apparently it doesn’t matter. You make a creepy skull into a beautiful artwork, decorative and friendly, a pleasure to look at. As always!

  2. nini

    What a cool story! I like the left skull of the two, it’s so odd and worn out :) I also really like the color combination in it.

  3. clara nilles

    Creepy story and skull… the effects of the white gel pen on the eyeballs and teeth. Nice contrast on colors too (violets and yellows).

  4. Jill

    Fantastic, Cindy. I particularly like the color scheme of the first painting. The gold, amber, and purple combo is perfection.

  5. minnemie

    Your grasp on line and proportion never ceases to amaze me… We actually have acquired a skull resembling this one recently (sans the eye and cute swirls, of course:-), but it belonged to a coyote, the boys tell me… I will suggest to them that it might actually be Arturos’;-)

  6. Mom

    Hope Halloween followers enjoy these “guys”! Your continued ideas just amaze me!! Love. Mom

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