Posts Tagged ‘suture’


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.

Emily Evans_Memento_Mori_Print_

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.


Cardinal sin – Clare Toms

March 19, 2013

This is the cardinal sin of Clare Toms.


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!


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!


The tooth fairies dream

July 28, 2012

deciduous teeth… milk teeth… temporary teeth… baby teeth… we all have them, or I should say had them.  

This picture has been doing the rounds of the net lately so I thought we might as well jump on the band wagon and have a look!  He lives in the Hunterian Museum in the College of Surgeons in London.

Picture credit: Stefan Schafer

For this specimen a clever anatomist has removed the front plate of bone of the jaw (the buccal plate) exposing the developing adult or permanent teeth below.  The process of dentation (teeth growing) is definitely one of the best wonders of nature.  Both your baby and adult teeth grow from the same tooth bud or tooth germ and this process begins while you are still a teeny little embryonic jellybean.   

Another example is this little guy, sorry unsure of the pic credit for him!

I am particularly fond of this guy because not only do we see developing teeth, but a super example of a metopic suture straight down the middle of his forehead!

Let me know if you too love teeth, although not strictly skulls they are still awesome so we can gladly do some more teeth-esque blogs if people are interested!



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!


For Heaven’s Sake

July 11, 2012

A while ago we asked on twitter what/who your favourite skull is.  One suggestion from fellow art lovers/creators and twitter followers Dizbe was the Damien Hirst diamond encrusted human skull- “For the love of God”.  Being quite the famous skull, we had heard of him/her/it before, but thought we would do a bit of net wading to see what else we could find out.  What we found…. was a whole different skull!

Enter Damien Hirsts new(er) skull, “For heaven’s sake”!

So we aren’t ignoring Dizbe’s suggestion, we will be revisiting “for the love of God” later, as well as some of Damien Hirsts other skull offerings (of which there is many (he is clearly a fellow Craniophile)) but we fell instantly in love with this little guy and couldn’t resist sharing him straight away.

So cute!  and what better way to highlight craniofacial anatomy that with the proverbial girls best friend!

The bony regions of this little chaps skull are covered in no less than 7105 pink diamonds- the largest bit you can see in the middle of this pic is the parietal bone.   The wonderful white diamonds are adorning the sutures and fontanelles (fibrous regions between growing boney areas of a babies skull).

There was some fairly unfriendly foofaraw regarding the use of the infant skull for this sparkling installation.  As confirmed on the Damien Hirst website, this is not a genuine infant skull, but rather a platinum cast of one.  We are assured that no babies were harmed in the making of this art.


Invasive animal skulls

May 30, 2012

Another day of animal skulls in our build up to skull appreciation day (week)!

Todays skulls are members of a collection of skulls, taxidermy, bones and bits belonging to a friend of Craniophiles- Steve.  His work in invasive animal species is world renowned (well deserved as it is incredible work) and in his travel allows him to encounter many a skull!

He was kind enough to let us spend the afternoon with his fur-less friends where we took many pictures.  Here are a couple for you!

These skulls (once) belonged to a wild dog and cat.  Both with teeth which can be a rare find in skull scavenging.  The thin ‘scrolly’ bone in their noses (which looks kind of like a Cadbury Flake up close) are the nasal concha or turbinates.  They act as both filters and warmers for the air so that their lungs dont get shocked with cold air or filled with crap.  Humans have them too, you might not have noticed them as they are less obvious… seeing as we don’t have a ‘snout’- they also look less like a chocolate bar and more like a candelabra in humans.

This one is a (kinda blurry, sorry) close up of sutures- in particular the Bregma (point where the coronal and sagittal sutures intersect).  I love this pic, because it shows that the growth of the skull is happening in a much more complex manner than just one direction at once.  Look closely and sutures arent a straight line, particularly in humans they meander along the skull and sometimes even form small islands of bone in the suture (Wormain bones).

and finally…. if anyone thought we could spend an afternoon with skulls and not be totally immature and pretend they were all eating each other… they don’t know us very well!