A skull can be a treasure for an artist.
Skulls show us the intricate architecture of tooth and bone, the structures beneath skin and fur. They let us see how creatures live and die. We can use them to compare different species, and individuals within a species. To an artist whose work includes portraits, figures, or wildlife, a skull reveals essential truths.
I stay on the lookout for skulls to sketch.
Recently I spent a happy afternoon drawing this skull with a ballpoint pen.
It turned up in the underbrush near our cabin, and had obviously been there for several years. We think it belonged to a young bear. Read more