Giant Skull Floating Over NZ Road

Giant skull floating over NZ road. Surreal art photograph by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Cranium Volito. Another light hearted Latin-inspired title. Cranium: skull, volito: to fly about, or hover.

As with Cranium Impedimentum, the base image is the Paekakariki Hill Road in New Zealand.

The most difficult thing about this image was creating the shadow. Getting it to look at all realistic means closely examining the rest of the image to get clues—direction of the sunlight, hardness of shadow edges, tone and darkness.

But that’s just the beginning, after that I had to determine the shape of it. That is, how the light would be cast at its specific angle. The teeth and various holes in the skull were especially challenging.

Without true 3D modeling, it’ll always be an approximation, but it’s possible to get it looking good without absolute accuracy. I guess the truth is that most people won’t look that closely anyway.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available at my online shop. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper, canvases, and metal prints.

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