Skull 37

The thirty-seventh skull!

Skull 37

Skull 37 – 12×16″

This painting was actually inspired by a videogame!  I had seen something similar with a mushroom cloud and I thought it would be a fun skull to paint!

This one turned out very interesting to me because it looks like it has texture even though a lot of it was “smoothed down.”  I think it had to do with the amount of medium I used (whoops, probably a little more than I should have) and the cadmium red, which was very harsh/ hard and didn’t blend as much as it just had less bits of paint, so the background red almost looks slightly “speckled”?  It’s hard to describe, really.  I also had fun making the cloud parts, sometimes blending into the red (without getting too pink) and sometimes more greenish-white to offset the red.

I’m happy that oils are so forgiving, since at first I hadn’t used enough dark color to offset the red, and the first time I put light gray onto the canvas, it instantly turned pink, which you can see in the video, haha.  Luckily, I could just layer on more dark gray, then light gray, etc. until I was satisfied with the results.


Music: “Bustin Loose (with lead)” by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (


Spooky Film: Today’s spooky film of the day is “Maximum Overdrive.”  I LOVE this movie, as silly as it is – who couldn’t love trucks that come to life and try to murder people?  hehehe 😀

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