Watercolor Skull Painting

July 8, 2017

turquoise watercolor human skull painting

I have been waiting to share this post with you for a while now, and here it finally is! This watercolor skull painting was a commission I did about a month ago for a really wonderful client in Florida. She contacted me to paint this for her as a sort of celebration for completing her Ph.D. in Decomposition. She’s a forensic scientist and as soon as she mentioned a skull, I was all in! Creating commissioned artworks is one of my favourite parts of my job, and this watercolor skull painting is probably my favourite I’ve done in a long time.

The client requested a female skull with blowflies on it, and a turquoise background to compliment her office. The finished size is 11″ x 14″ so this bad boy was a great size to work on. Big enough to get details, small enough to not feel overwhelmed by it.

Watercolor Skull Painting - Fox + Hazel

 

We also decided to add some silver leaf in the watercolor background and painting over some parts of it to create a cool subtle effect.

 

Watercolor Skull Painting - Fox + Hazel

I think the blowflies turned out to be one of my absolute favourite parts of this! I have never painted insects before, so it was all new to me and I totally enjoyed it. I created them larger than they are in real life so they popped off the image more.

Watercolor Skull Painting - Fox + Hazel

Watercolor Skull Painting - Fox + Hazel

Watercolor Skull Painting - Fox + Hazel

I just love being able to bring a client’s vision to life! Part of being an artist for hire is getting to know your client and their aesthetic so you can marry it with your style to create a piece you both love. This watercolor skull painting definitely hit all the marks! The client was super happy with how it turned out, which is really the end goal of a commisioned work. The fact that I also am in love with it just an added bonus 😉

Want to commision your own Fox + Hazel original painting? Send me an email at [email protected]. Creating custom artwork is a joy of mine, and I would love to help bring your ideas to life!

Just really love you some watercolor skull artwork?

Go download this free floral skull printable I created last year and deck out your space!

Watercolor Skull Painting - Fox + Hazel

 

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