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Day of the Dead Art


Sugar skulls art by Thaneeya McArdle Day of the Dead skull art by Thaneeya

My Day of the Dead art pieces are amongst my most popular works of art. Colorful, psychedelic, and dancing with intricate designs, these skull drawings embody the mystery and energy of our earthly existence, and tap into the question of what's beyond.

The detailed patterns in my Day of the Dead art represent the never-ending dance of life and death, which are two halves of the same whole. By imbuing these skulls with vibrancy and color, I'm proposing a version of death that is brimming with creative potential.

I started drawing Day of the Dead skulls back in 2005. I've always enjoyed the spirit of Mexican folk art, from the fantastical alebrije creatures to the striking designs of Huichol yarn art. As I learned more about Mexican culture, the concept of Mexico's Dia de los Muertos struck a deep chord with me on both a spiritual and aesthetic level.

Sugar skulls art by Thaneeya Dia de los Muertos skull art by Thaneeya

My sugar skulls art pieces resonate with the festive spirit of Dia de los Muertos. These skulls are not scary or evil; rather they are grinning reminders that we should enjoy our earthly existence while we can, and honor our ancestors when they return to visit us during the Days of the Dead.

On this page you can see several of my most popular sugar skulls art pieces, inspired by the Mexican sugar skull. You can also see two of my Day of the Dead skulls on the top left and right of this site!

Most of my sugar skull art was created digitally or using Prismacolor colored pencils on paper or ink.

Here's a selection of my Day of the Dead art. Click here to see the full collection.

Hipster Sugar Skull with Glasses Colorful 3D Sugar Skull by Thaneeya  Sugar Skull with Flowers by Thaneeya Digital Sugar Skull Art by Thaneeya Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull by Thaneeya Day of the Dead sugar skull by Thaneeya Day of the Dead Skull Day of the Dead Skull Couple by Thaneeya Colorful Sugar Skull Bobo by Thaneeya

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Awesome sugar skull decorated with royal icing and sequins

You can see more of my art, including my Day of the Dead art, at my website: www.thaneeya.com.

If you'd like to learn how to create your own sugar skulls art, check out my lessons on how to draw skulls!

You can also learn how to create real sugar skulls, like the skull on the right.

Lastly, check out our How to Decorate Sugar Skulls page to learn more about creating 3D art with sugar!

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Sugar Skulls Wall Calendar

Thaneeya's newest sugar skull art is now available in a 2015 wall calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing, so you can enjoy her sugar skull art every month (and every day) of the year! The calendar features high-quality reproductions of 13 of her Day of the Dead sugar skull designs; plus a page for September, October, November and Decemeber, 2014 — so you can start using it this year!

The 2014 calendar sold out, so order now to secure a copy!

Sugar Skulls 2015 calendar by Thaneeya
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Draw Groovy, a fun new step-by-step drawing book by Thaneeya McArdle, to be published by F+W Media

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