I was actually going to draw Santa Claus on this past Saturday, but I couldn’t decide on a good pose. I’m not sure why, but I changed my mind and decided to draw a skull (seems like Halloween would have been a better holiday for this). I drew part of a skull once before when I drew “Face and Skull” over two years ago. That drawing was a bit more focused on structure whereas this one I decided to focus on light (or lack of it).
My proportions are a bit off, but overall I think it looks good. I decided to add a few rough cracks to hint at why this person is no longer living, though I suppose that if everything but your skeleton has decayed, you’ve probably been dead for quite a while. Anyway, the cracks were a good chance to play with irregular shapes and their effect on lighting.
This one clearly turned out well enough that I was willing to take the time to get out my real camera instead of just snapping a quick photo with my cell phone.