2/14/13

Artful Conceptions #18: The Skull


The human skull is a powerful image - it instantly reminds us of our mortality and evokes that subtle fear abiding in all of us of what lies beyond.  It should come as no surprise that this symbol is routinely used in the horror genre.  After all, horror fiction is all about fear, and what is a more compelling than the fear of death, epitomized by the very face of death - the skull.

Of course, being a default image has its problems.  A lazy or unimaginative illustrator can always fall back on the skull.  Indeed, there are legions of lackluster skulls adorning thousands of forgettable paperbacks and movie posters.  Were I to spend the next year compiling them for you, I wouldn't come close to scratching the surface.  As with many of these 'artful conception' posts, I've put together mosaics of examples, both good and bad. However, these don't even begin to scratch the tip of the iceberg.  Hopefully, you'll enjoy this small sampling nonetheless.




6 comments:

  1. I love when you put together the artful conceptions.
    Ya know the reason Darth Vader works so well is that it's basically a skull with a nazi helmet on top.

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  2. Skulls with eyeballs are the creepiest.

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  3. These are fantastic! Nice job. Sadly, almost every title pretty much describes my first marriage....

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  4. Nothing like a little head to start the morning (buh-dum-BUMP!)

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  5. Nice post for St. Valentine Day!

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  6. I bet most of those books were ghostwritten by Garth Marenghi! :p

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