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New Vector Piece: Dia de los Muertos 1 - “La Calavera Catrina”


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New vector work – Dia de Los Muertos I: La Calavera Catrina

Today the famous “Day of the Dead” festival begins in Mexico. Definitely NOT to be confused with Halloween, the Day of the Dead is a three-day riotous explosion of colour and joy, where people all across Mexico honour and remember their loved ones and keep their memories alive. This spectacular festival is something I’ve been fascinated with for years, and seeing it first-hand one day is definitely on the bucket list!

I’ve created two pieces to celebrate this festival, and my first one “La Calavera Catrina” (The Elegant Skull) is based on the traditional female costume for the Day of the Dead.

La Catrina is known as the Grand Dame of the afterlife. She wears marigolds in her hair - believed to lure the dead back to the world of the living for the duration of the festival through their powerful scent and vibrant colour - and a collection of skulls representing the souls of the departed. She also wears the Sacred Heart crown, to represent the fact that the festival takes place across All Saints Day and All Souls Day – two minor holidays in the Catholic calendar, the quetzal feathers represent her native Mexican heritage, and the roses are an obvious nod to Frida Kahlo.

I’ve also added some detail shots, the outline, and the original concept sketch. Hope you like them!

I’ll be posting my second piece, La Danza Azteca, separately, so if you like what you see - keep a look out!

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Geez!...This is amazing!

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wow, big cinema.

 

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