Posts Tagged ‘art’


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.

Mimi Ilnitskaya

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…)


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.


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.


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…


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!


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!


Noahs Vegemite skull

August 31, 2012

As a general rule we love basking in the anonymity of the internet…

But this post is going to give us away.  Well not totally, but our location at least.

We LOVE Vegemite.  LOVE LOVE LOVE Vegemite.  In fact, in my house, Vegemite is not confined just to toast, I use is as a dip, on eggs, in cooking…. But never used it to paint with.  Trust Skull-A-Day creator Noah Scalin to have tried it!  See his original post here.

Now as you know we normally like to slip a bit of anatomy or such into our posts, but we can’t expect an artist to give us well defined craniofacial features when using Vegemite to paint with, so instead… we give you some Vegemite science!

Vegemite is produced from a by product of beer brewing yeast (sounds good already right!), vegetables, spices and salt.  Vegemite is one of the worlds best sources for B vitamins thiamine, folic acid, riboflavin and niacin and has been endorsed by the British Medical Association for this reason.  The B group vitamins (there are over 20 that we currently know of) are essential for all sorts of things our bodies do and have also been linked to positive mental health.  So if you want to be a happy little Vegemite get some!

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it… and if you tried it and didn’t like it… you tried it wrong, try some more!


Paul Alexander Thornton

August 9, 2012

Ever wondered how all this awesome skull art comes into being?  How can a person create something so appealing with just a pen or paintbrush?  This might answer some of your questions.  Today we are trying something different, rather than a picture we have a video for you!  This video is one from Paul Alexander Thornton- an artist and designer from the UK with a penchant for drawing skulls!

Besides just being mesmerising, we have found another use for his videos.  Seeing as Paul draws us anatomically correct skulls… we can use the video to identify all the skull landmarks we have been talking about.  Having trouble picturing a concha?  Getting your sutures confused with your foramen… this is for you!

Times are approximate… the stop motion is too fast for me to be perfect!

  • 10 s- nasal concha and then nasal spine
  • 11-12 sish- nasal bone
  • 23 s- infraorbital foramen
  • 26 s- maxilla bone
  • 34 s- zygomatic bone
  • 48 s- zygomaticofacial foramen
  • 52 s- frontal bone
  • 1.02 s- temporal bone and supraorbital foramen
  • 1.07 s- some cool red jewels where the metopic suture would be
  • 1.32 s- foramen magnum
  • 1.42 s- mandible/jaw
  • 1.59 s- mental foramen
  • 2.17 s- from here on we get some vertebrae and the rest of the pic

You can find a veritable bevy of similar videos on Pauls youtube page here and, even cooler for our fellow Craniophiles a whole section dedicated to skulls here.  And if you want to see the final product minus the video…. or you have slow internet…. or you dont have flash player…. or for whatever reason, you can see more finished work on his website here.  Enjoy!


Jeff Srsic

July 21, 2012

Today we have another artist that we found while tredging through the internet.  Very glad we did though because again, there is some very awesome work happening there!  Jeff Srsic is an artist and tattooer from the US… and that is about all we know!  Among all sorts of art and tattoos on his blog however, there are some very cool skulls.

So… this guy has a few of our old favourites- an infraorbital foramen on his cheek, orbital fissures, nasal concha, the plate of the ethnoid bone (the nostril divider) in his nose hole and a super set of pearly whites (beiges).  The feature of this painted we like the best though, is his facial sutures.  The junction betwee the zygomatic (cheek) and maxilla (top lip) bones is super realistic.  He also has a nasofrontal suture right up the top of the picture. 

If you want to see more, head to his blog– or straight to the tattoo shop in Florida- RedLetter1!

So much of the awesome skull art we see is coming from tattoo artists, makes us wish we had more skin!