Derby #205: Mexico
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Calavera Mine (Día de los Muertos)

Calavera Mine (Día de los Muertos)
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kaedex99


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Re: Calavera Mine (Día de los Muertos)


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"It is, plainly and simply, my own take on a "calaca" -- the skeleton symbol used as decoration on the Day of the Dead. I've always preferred the black and white style, as opposed to the more colorful designs; I just wanted to cut loose and make something pretty. I also wanted to do something I hadn't seen before -- hence the open jaw held together by roots. There's symbolism in there somewhere."

Hurray! I'm hitting the derbies again after a massive hiatus! Work and responsibility got in the way; but now, I'm back, baby! -:D This is actually a great theme to get back on. A few months ago, I accidentally ran a Shift-Del on my entire design folder -- which included both my personal and contracted work. -:O I had started this design about week earlier, and while it was only in its infant stages, it hurt to lose it. But, for this derby, I built it back up from scratch and, oh: I heave such a heavenly sigh of contentment to see it done. Bringing it back to life was vaguely cathartic, and even a little ironic (given the subject matter). Vote if you like it! Thanks! -:]

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amreli


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I love this. I typically don't like skull designs of any kind, but this focuses so nicely on beautiful linework.

rogerrogerroger


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man! this is so clean. black and white on slate looks awesome too.

kaedex99


quality posts: 6 Private Messages kaedex99
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@amreli: Glad you like it! Thanks! -:]

@rogerrogerroger: Thanks so much, man! I'm glad they started offering the slate color, because asphalt would have been too dark to allow for the right amount of contrast.

jmig


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amreli wrote:I love this. I typically don't like skull designs of any kind, but this focuses so nicely on beautiful linework.


Agreed. This is beautiful!

vegoego


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Super cool, my friend. :D

kaedex99


quality posts: 6 Private Messages kaedex99
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@jmig: Thank you. -:]

@vegoego: Whee~, thank you, my friend. You ma sexy. -:D

And, to all the other people who voted: thanks very much for the support. Even if I doesn't print, it's nice to know that this many people like the design enough to register their vote. -:D

TapatioUSA


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I like the design, it will be more complete if you put someone's name on the Calaca forehead, just like the original ones. But nice colors.

kaedex99


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TapatioUSA wrote:I like the design, it will be more complete if you put someone's name on the Calaca forehead, just like the original ones. But nice colors.


I wanted to! Very much so. But, since the derby rules stated "No text", I had to compromise. But, since this isn't on it's way to a print, I'm looking forward to adding a few more details before I tuck it away for a future endeavor. Thanks, by the way! -:]

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