Skull 14

The fourteenth skull!

Skull 14 – 10×10″

Skull 14

One of my sketches was of a skull with a witch hat, so I decided to try it out with a greenish-tint (I was thinking of the wicked witch from “Wizard of Oz”).

There are two main things I want to say about this skull. Firstly, I think that it looks like an avatar icon from a video game. I didn’t originally intend it to look like that, but as I was adding the blue in the way I was, I thought it would look cool to surround the skull that way, and then it definitely looked like a little video game icon. I kinda like it!

Secondly… when I started adding the brighter green to the face, I started to apply the paint in a way that was almost like a dry-brush technique (which I’ve used in some Warhammer miniatures) and a painting/palette knife technique combined, and I really liked the effect. What was happening here was that I got paint on the brush but then held the brush sideways and very lightly so that it was almost like a knife, so it first came off the brush like paint normally would, but would dwindle in ‘speckles’, giving it this great texture. I probably could have accomplished a similar effect with a knife, but I think the ‘speckles’ were more determined by the size and texture of the brush, so I might not have gotten quite the same effect. I tried something similar with the hat, but put a little more pressure on some parts (that I wanted smoother) and let off the pressure in other parts, and experimented with what I could get. Even though the painting does not have the “thickness” that knife paintings typically have, it has some of the similar textures, and I’m really happy with the results.

In any case, I hope you enjoyed my little experiment 😀


Music: “The Dead of Night” by Psychadelik Pedestrian is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.


Spooky Film: Today’s spooky film of the day is a classic, “The Shining.”  Based on a Stephen King novel (I had actually not seen the movie until I was an adult, but read the book in 4th or 5th grade!), this movie has fantastic acting, and fun, spooky, surreal scenes.  While the end scene and the “here’s Johnny” scene are great iconic scenes, I think my favorite might have to be the elevator full of blood, because it was just so unexpected and awe-inspiring… but perhaps because that wasn’t something I imagined when I read the book, unlike some other scenes.  So, enjoy a classic spooky movie 😀

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