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Damask Sugar Skulls


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Charmingly arranged spines, teeth and hearts create an air of celebration fit for the dead. And by scratching up the silkscreen film to avoid precisely planned separations, Glukkake cheats death for one more day.  




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12.5 × 19 in

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French Paper / Dur-o-Tone / Butcher Blue / 80 C

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Damask sugar skulls
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Project Description

I wanted to create a poster featuring a sugar skull made out of anatomical parts. Veins, bones, intestines and graphic drips. I framed it in a spine border to give it a damask feeling, along with a tooth and anatomical heart. It combined all of my favourite parts of the human body. It's a simple three colour print, white, blue and gold, where I purposely scratched up the film in the blue and threw ink down on the gold layer so I could get away from precisely planned separations. I also wanted the colours to feel more like delicate china instead of anything too aggressive. Ultimately, I cropped it to feel like a cut of a wallpaper, rather than just a poster print.

Production Lesson(s)

I used a zinc white with just a drop of brown to get that layer more of a translucent yet still rich bone white. If I were to redo anything, it would be underprinting the gold with a trapped yellow ochre layer to help the gold pop more and be less transparent.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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October 11, 2012


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