Giant Skull on Arizona Highway

Giant skull on desert highway in Arizona, surreal artwork by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Cranius Arizonus. I basically Latinized a two-word phrase in which one of the words was already Latin (cranium). So pretty light-hearted intention here.

This is a tricky composition. I had to do a fair bit of playing with the position and size of the skull to balance it.

Things like that often happen with my imagery. I have an idea that seems like it will obviously work, but when executed it’s more awkward than originally intuited (or doesn’t work at all).

Manipulating and matching shading, light source, and shadows presented the usual challenges.

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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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