Friday, January 19, 2018

Snow Day Skull

We don't get a lot of snow in Richmond, VA (though more lately than in the past) so pretty much every heavy snowstorm I try to make some snow art. The most recent snow was too powdery to really stick so I decided to try a relief image on my deck. I made it really, really big (so big it was hard to actually photograph from above). See the lifesize skull in the shot for a sense of proportion. 

I like seeing how things transform over time so I documented it that evening as well as the next day once the sun came out.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Trying something new. Will you join me?

In an effort to push my art practice into the forefront this year I've launched a Patreon page
This is a place where people who like what I do (like you!) can help me do more of it by committing to a small amount of support every month and in exchange get a lot more access to my art and knowledge! I really miss the community I had when the Skull-A-Day blog was a in full force and I'd love to see if I can create some of that spirit again on my new page. Check out the intro video below, read the whole story on my page HERE and hopefully I can connect more with you this year!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Black Bean Skull

Those of you that know the origin of the Skull-A-Day project know that the success I've experienced in my career is directly tied to the daily practice of my art that year. Since then I co-created the Creative Sprint with my sister as a tool for people to learn the benefits of creative practice in just 30 days. We're now in the midst of our October free public Creative Sprint and as always I'm taking part and still learning new things from the process. This particular skull was created as part of this month's challenge and was in response to the prompt, "make something inspired by another culture." In this case, my 4 year-old-daughter, who is collaborating with me this month, suggested doing something inspired by Mexico and suggested that I make black beans!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Turnip Skull II

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Skull-A-Day I've created a new version of one of the pieces from the very first week of the project...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Skull-a-bration Book Special


Don't miss out on a chance to get the Skull-A-Day book (featuring all 365 of the original skulls, plus bonus images and an introduction from the curator of the Mütter Museum) in combination with the new book about the value of creative practice I wrote with my sister: Creative Sprint, at a special discount price of just $30! That's $13 off the combined cover price!

This special deal is only available from Chop Suey Books during the 10th anniversary Skull-a-bration (which ends July 5th!), so don't wait, ORDER TODAY! 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Happy Skull Appreciation Day!

10 years ago today, I made a tiny orange paper skull that started a chain reaction that completely transformed my life! 

The Skull-A-Day project was a simple idea, meant to boost me out of a creative rut that I'd fallen into. I never expected it would lead me to a new career, opportunities to travel the world, multiple book deals, opportunities to show my art in museums and galleries internationally, and even a visit to The Martha Stewart show. I still get opportunities almost daily related to the project. 10 years of dividends on a 1 year investment is pretty amazing. All of this is the reason I consistently encourage others to take on the daily creative challenge. Even as small a commitment as 30-days is enough to create major changes in people's lives.

Please join me in celebrating our craniums today by taking a moment to do one little creative act and sharing it with the world, you never know where it will lead!

If you're a longtime fan of the project I'd love to hear from you below (when did you find it? how did it inspire you?).

If you're up for a bigger challenge why not make your own 30-days of skulls starting today. If you share it with the #CreativeSprint & #SkullADay hashtags I'll track you down and give you a prize!

Also if you haven't picked up a copy of the Skull-A-Day book, featuring all 365 of the original skulls, plus a great essay from the Mütter Museum's curator Anna Dhody, now would be a good time, as the publisher Chop Suey Books is offering it in combination with the new book I wrote with my sister Creative Sprint for a massive discount! Get it HERE

p.s. I'll be re-sharing the first 30 days of the project, starting today on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Celebrate Skull Appreciation Day on June 4th!

On June 4th, 2017 Skull-A-Day turns 10!

In 2007 Noah Scalin had an idea. He would make a different skull a day for a year on his blog, the idea was simple, but crazy enough to go viral within weeks. It landed him book deals and an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, all the while completely transforming his art and life in the process. Because of its rabid following the Skull-A-Day project continued long after its first year and grew from a fanbase to an international community of skull art creators! 

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his seminal Skull-A-Day project we're kicking off a 30-day “skull-a-bration” and everyone is invited!

Starting on June 4th – the date Skull-A-Day project launched 10 years previously (now known as Skull Appreciation Day) – Noah will be re-sharing the first 30 skulls daily on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.

In addition skull lovers everywhere are invited to celebrate Skull Appreciation Day on June 4th, by sharing their own original skull themed artworks on a variety of platforms.

Prizes will be given to anyone who completes their own 30-day skull art challenge between June 4 and July 3 using the #SkullADay & #CreativeSprint hashtags.

Sign up for the Creative Sprint mailing list today to get a special weekly inspiration email during the Skull-A-Day celebration, featuring creativity boosting prompts, Noah’s lessons from the project, and free downloads.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red Candy Skull

I have a bit of a sweet tooth and a particular penchant for red candies...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spinkle Skull

I haven't made a skull in a while, but I was inspired when I sat down beside a bowl of this colorful ice cream topping at the launch event for the Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business 10-day Creative Sprint. I love that just being around other people being creative makes me want to create as well!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Creative Sprint: Six 30-Day Challenges To Jumpstart Your Creativity

I'm pleased to announce that my next book is coming out in April 2017 from Voyageur Press!

The book was co-written with my sister Mica and is an expansion of the Creative Sprint public art game we've been running for the past few years!

Pre-order your copy today! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Happy Skull Appreciation Day!

For those of you that don't know, June 4th marks the start of my original Skull-A-Day project way back in 2007. After the project ended I kept the site going as a place for the community that formed around it to continue sharing their skull art and I dubbed it Skull-A-Day 2.0. This year is Skull-A-Day 10.0! It's been an amazing journey these past 9 years and there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not experiencing a benefit of that commitment to practice. I highly recommend giving a daily creative project a shot, you never know where it will take you. And be sure to give your head bone some extra love today.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

RIP Prince 1958–2016

I'm shocked and heartbroken that another musical genius has died far too young.