Archive for the ‘Skull Art’ Category

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Skulls of famous artists – Mimi Ilnitskaya

March 21, 2016

I love these. I love these a lot.

Skulls of famous arists by Mimi Ilnitskaya.

They are all wonderful obviously, but this one is my favourite.

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Salvador Dali by Mimi Ilnitskaya

As well as a number of famous Dali-esque features, including that wonderful moustache, the image is wonderfully anatomical.

He has nice clear coronal and squamous sutures, mental foramen and an appropriate number of teeth.

The elephant legs might not be anatomically accurate however…

Es maravilloso (or so says google translate…)

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Momento Mori II – Emily Evans

May 10, 2015

Emily Evans has, quite possibly, the best job in the world. What allows her to have this job (and prevents people like me from having it…) is obviously a fairly hefty dose of genuine talent.

As a professional medical illustrator she spends her days blurring the boundaries between art and science.

In addition to a very impressive collection of technical drawings, she has a number of ‘less rigid’ but still scientifically and anatomically accurate (squee!) pieces worthy of admiration.

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Momento Mori II – Emily Evans

This magnificent lady is not just a pretty face. The Momento Mori II image is also a beautiful skull.

In addition to a perky quiff and rosebud lips, this chick is sporting infraorbital (on her cheeks) and mental (on her chin) foramen, darling nasal bones and sutures around the zygomatic bones.

And, if that pic is not enough for you, it is well worth a visit to the website where you can pick up all sorts of cool stuff including skull cushions and skull wall paper. Yes, you read that right, skull wall paper.

If anyone is trying to work out what I want for xmas, I want this. I want it a lot.

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Cat in the brain

May 4, 2015

<insert obligatory apology about how awful I am at keeping up with blogging accompanied by convincing excuse here…>

Or not. I don’t have an excuse. I just haven’t been feeling the blogging vibe. But it is back now, so we meet again.

But we meet again for a good reason. Cat in the brain… which is either a condition which anyone who knows me will assure you I have, or an Italian horror film. In this case, it is the latter.

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The pic is the cover art for the 1990 Italian film Cat in the brain.

Obviously there is some artistic license at play here, as flesh-free skulls have the nifty habit of not bleeding… but I’m cool with it as long as the cat is.

I have searched the internet high and low and can’t for the life of me find an artist for the picture. If you know who made this brain munching skull kitty, please comment below so I can attribute it accordingly.

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Ecce Animal – Diddo

August 16, 2014

I am going to assume that you were not all totally asleep like I was and missed this one… or maybe it wasn’t reported in the Southern Hemisphere… but this skull is made out of cocaine!

While the sound of it does give me mental images of Dr Rockso (if you haven’t watched Metalocalypse please do, you are missing out) the skull itself is really much less vulgar than the rock’n’roll clown is making me picture.

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Dr Rockso – he does cocaine.

In fact, it is really quite beautiful. The piece is really well proportioned considering it is made of an illegal substance. It has very well defined ramus of the mandible and angular zygomatic bones.

He sure is pretty (we’re calling it a him because of his wide, square jaw)!

The artist Diddo has it listed on his website as a commissioned piece so your chances of seeing it in person are pretty slim. We can only hope it has taken pride of place in someone’s collection and hasn’t accidentally been snorted.

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The Great Passage – Kris Kuksi

July 14, 2013

Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about Jesus.

Did I say Jesus….?  Sorry I mean Kris Kuksi.

You may be familiar with his amazing, incredible, phenomenal (I dont think I can give enough adjectives describe the level of awesome involved here) sculptures, but were you aware that he also has a series of sketches and paintings? They are, as you can imagine, all very beautifully detailed – and of course our favourite involves a skull…

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Pic credit: Kris Kuksi

We got to see a bit of the base of the skull in our previous post about Chris Peters, but this picture is by far the best view we have seen yet. Meet The Great Passage – a picture no doubt named for its view of the foramen magnum. And while on the topic of foramen, if you look closely at the roof of this guys mouth, you will see the incisive foramen, a small opening behind the front teeth. Like the ones we have spoken about previously on the face, this one is also a tunnel for blood vessels and nerves to pass through the bone.

If you want to see more (and I highly recommend that you should) he can be found on his website and facebook page. There are even a few things for sale on his website… but if you are like me and cant afford the real thing, you can buy his book Divination and Delusion and drool over the pictures there!

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Cardinal sin – Clare Toms

March 19, 2013

This is the cardinal sin of Clare Toms.

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Well, she didn’t commit a cardinal sin (we hope) but she is certainly invoking one in us with this picture – or maybe even a few…

Apart from being beautiful, the picture has a double (or triple if you count the cardinal birds separately) dose of bones.  In the skeletal reflections of the birds you can see, amongst other things, some cute little cervical vertebrae, and the large sternum characteristic of bird skeletons.  You can also see their cute little birdy skulls, complete with beaks – the avian version of a mandible (jaw).

The human skull – who has a set of chompers that many of us still alive would be jealous of – has a few foramen and some awesome detail in the nasal cavity.  The bit we like best though is his very detailed nasofrontal suture.  Joining the nasal and frontal bones (hence the name!), it has that craggy-ness that makes the skull look real.

So the picture has certainly invoked envy because we want the picture but don’t have it, lust because we love it and greed because we want more of her work.  The good news is that it is for sale!  This painting is at the Copro gallery and there are some prints available on Clare’s website.   Be quick before we buy them all though!

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Señor Salme

March 6, 2013

Created by the enigmatic artist Señor Salme this little guy caught our eye recently.  He doesn’t have a name, but he does have something to say…. eyes….speaking of eyes… maybe he caught our eye as we see eye to eye on how awesome the picture is?

Anyway, enough of our lame puns, what this picture does have is some cool craniofacial anatomy.

He also has a cool feature which we don’t often see in our skull pics as they are generally the wrong angle for it or have a jaw – the styloid process.  This little guy that you see poking down on the bottom left hand side of the picture.  More specifically the temporal styloid process as it is coming from the temporal bone, and sits kind of behind and below your ear.  Its main job is as an anchor point for muscles and ligaments involved in control of your tongue and voicebox so although its small it is important!

We say that Señor Salme is enigmatic for the simple fact that his facebook page is in Spanish so is totally indecipherable by us English only speakers.  You can have a look at it here and see if you can translate…. or you can see a heap of his other artworks at his website here, many of which have skulls but all of which are awesome… AND even better, you can buy prints of these cool pics here!

And, finally, thank you for being patient Craniophiles!  We have recently moved house and jobs so our leisure time (translate blogging time) has been thin on the ground.  We are back in to the swing of normal (as it gets!) life now so we will be inundating you again will skully awesomeness soon!