Day of the Dead Art available on paper, stretched canvas, luxury metal or acrylic. Multiple sizes available with free shipping!
I’ve always had a huge passion for cool-looking art! I’ve often attempted to put into words what ‘cool’ art is. For me at least, it has a detailed, sharp, expressive, edgy, bold, clear and to-the-point visual appeal. It often illustrates themes outside of one’s everyday, normal experience. It might be something based upon fantasy, sci-fi, macabre, a dystopian or even utopian setting.
It’s often easier to represent something cool as a drawing or painting than it is to attempt to explain it with words. And it was that reason that led me to becoming an artist.
This sugar skull girl art initially started with a tattoo client requesting I work on a new sleeve design. They’d seen my previous work and put their faith in me to create a Day of the Dead-inspired piece. The mysteries of life and death have been a fascination of mine. I was keen to begin working on a cool-looking design that illustrated the finite nature of life and beauty which can be found in death.
Like with all tattoos, it’s something which will last the client’s entire lifetime, so there’s huge pressure to get it right. I’m usually quite confident when I talk through an idea with a customer, but as soon as they leave the studio, panic starts to set in. Will I meet their expectations? Or more importantly, will I meet my own high standards? While my perfectionist attitude puts a lot of pressure on me, this same trait thankfully gives me the tenacity to not give up or produce anything less than my best effort. I just need to remember to have faith in the process.
I sat down at a blank page, not really knowing where to start. I made a few marks, trying to sketch in the overall layout of where the girl would be, where the roses could go and so on. I continued making marks for 3 hours and realised it wasn’t coming together. All I was doing was creating a mess of incomprehensible lines.
This is not good! My palms would sweat and my heart would race. I’m supposed to be a professional, but to be honest- I don’t know what I’m doing! At the rate I was going, I wondered if I’d end up having to make a humiliating call to my client to tell them I couldn’t draw anymore!
Some people call this ‘artist’s block’. I’ve had it before, so I knew patience was the answer. I moved onto other jobs for a few days and then came back to this sleeve design. I started from scratch, refocussed and again became plotting out the layout. This time, things started to miraculously work out! I managed to effortlessly translate my ideas onto paper and everything seemed to fit perfectly. I was on a roll, so I kept working on it until my fingers became sore from holding my pen and my eyes strained from too much close-up focussing.
I completed the design after 30 hours of drawing and rendering. The customer loved it. We then booked tattoo sessions to begin making it permanent. As with a lot of detailed sleeve projects, they can take upwards of 10 sittings to complete. In an ideal world, we’d work on a part of the tattoo every few weeks. However, after the initial few sittings on this particular sleeve, each session became further and further apart. It got to the point where there was a year or more between each session. As of now, I’ve not heard from the client for two years.
I appreciate life has a habit of interfering with plans and it’s not always easy for customers to commit to so many pain-filled days to complete a large tattoo project. But for me, I felt so disappointed. I don’t know if it’s my perfectionist / completionist nature, but it kills me to know the tattoo is incomplete. And the design, which took so long to get right, would never fully see the light of day. I’d wasted my time and I never finished getting paid to complete the sleeve.
Sometime later, I came back to the original design. I worked on it some more, turning it into an artwork which looked even better than before. I offered it for sale as paper or canvas prints. They started selling! I’ve now sold hundreds of this design to customers around the globe and it’s become one of my best ever selling works.
Fortunately, the internet has allowed me to share my passionately-created artwork with countless people. It means so much, knowing I can continue to create cool artwork which my awesome customers are happy to display in their homes. My fate is no longer determined by a single stranger’s decision to complete their tattoo projects or not. Instead, from now on, I can fully concentrate on creating great art.
❇️ Production and Shipping Time:
Glossy Photo Paper: 5 days for printing, 5-10 days for shipping.
Ready-to-Hang Canvas: 5 days for printing, 5-10 days for shipping.
Artwork will be delivered anywhere in the world free of charge!
❇️ Styles of Print:
There are 5 ways to print this artwork.
1) Premium Glossy Paper is used for high quality, professional paper-prints.
♦ Sharp, Vivid and rich Color sets this apart from a casual, home photo print and makes use of artwork specifically created at super-high resolution for maximum detail.
♦ Premium Glossy Photo Paper will last a long time.
♦ This option is available in 8×10 inches, 11×14 inches or 16×20 inches.
♦ They are designed to be placed in a glass frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local Target or online).
♦ Signature watermark or numbers will not appear on actual artwork.
2) Ready to Hang Canvas is ready to put up on your wall right out of the box with. Zero assembly required for ultimate convenience.
♦ Gorgeous finished look. It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall.
♦ Canvas Prints are a well-known, high-end way of displaying artwork.
♦ Premium 1.5 inch thick wooden stretcher-bars that give it depth and shape, in the same way an oil painting is traditionally assembled. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important).
♦ Add an optional modern, black frame if buying: 16×20, 12×36, 24×36 or 30×40 inch Canvases.
3) Ready to Hang Canvas (split into 3 panels). Includes the same features a single Canvas print. Also:
♦ This is for larger pieces- the artwork is split into 3 even panels. 3 separate canvas panels which put together make a single large image.
♦ This gives a modern look, and allows spectacularly large sizes on your wall!
4) Aluminium Metal Prints
♦ Elegant wall décor that shines. High-end, exclusive and unique aluminium metal print add a touch of luxury to your walls.
♦ Polished, vibrant reproduction for optimal colour saturation on a 3mm thick aluminium plate with gloss coating.
♦ UV resistant ink prevents fading. All metal sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.
5) Acrylic Prints
♦ Eye-catching home décor with modern acrylic prints. Light refracts through the museum-quality acrylic, bringing vibrancy and depth to the artwork.
♦ The clear acrylic produces superb image quality from edge to edge and absolutely stunning, brilliant colour.
♦ UV resistant ink prevents fading. All acrylic sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.