Stones and bones used as canvas for highly detailed illustrations

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 8 February 2014

When French painter and illustrator DZO said on his website that he doesn’t like constraint when it comes to art, we assumed he meant his choice of canvas. So probably after mastering traditional art on boring pieces of paper – which you can check out on his Instagram – he moved on to more challenging surfaces: stones and skulls. He uses river stones and a found skull and covered them with intricate illustrations. Kudos to his steady hand and patience, because from the look of these pieces, it must have took him a long time to finish each one.

UPDATE: We interviewed DZO about his peculiar choice of canvas and also asked about his intricate art style. Here’s a preview of our exclusive interview!

You use a paper, as well as stones and skulls, for your art. Which type of canvas do you like drawing on best and why?

My favourite canvas is paper! Any paper. But the skull was incredibly interesting due to surfaces variations.

What was the most challenging part of drawing on stones and bone? What was the best part about it?

Those surface are still ‘living’ materials: rough, bold, smooth, cracked, absorbent. Taming the variety of surfaces on a volume is a real adventure! That was the challenge for me.

Best part?  The part where I finish it and watch the impact of this kind of artwork.

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Beaded skull art by Our exQuisite Corpse

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Friday 20 July 2012

Our exQuisite Corpse creates beautifully creepy beaded human and animal skulls. Each skull has an intricate and unique patten made with tiny colorful beads. Our exQuisite Corpse works with the Huichol people of Western Mexico to create these unique works of art.

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Human skulls made into elaborate art by Philippe Pasqua

Bridget Barnett Contributor

By Bridget Barnett in New Art on Saturday 28 January 2012

French artist Philippe Pasqua has taken human skulls and adorned them with materials including silver and gold leaf, butterflies and tattoos. Eerie and disturbing to some, strangely beautiful to others.

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Porcelain skulls by Katsuyo Aoki

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Saturday 8 October 2011

The great thing about skull art is that it takes someone genuinely innovative to make it interesting. Katsuyo Aoki’s intricate, ornate, porcelain skulls are examples of this.

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Roxanne Jackson

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 10 September 2010

There is a trophy room somewhere, maybe not in this reality. A glittering demon sits in an armchair, admiring his many poached souls, prepared and mounted by Roxanne Jackson. Beware when she enters your house.

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Real human brains art

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 3 September 2010

Fine, skull art may be a little played out at this point, but come on, this one is made out of real human brains!

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