Skull Hovering Over Ocean in Rarotonga

Skull hovering over ocean in Rarotonga, surreal art by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Introlevity, a combination of ‘introspection’ and ‘levity’. ‘Levity’ obviously because the skull is hovering, and ‘introspection’ because it seems to have a pensive and thoughtful look about it (insofar as it’s possible for skulls to look thoughtful).

The colors were the easiest thing to get to a point I was happy with. The contrast and tone were far more tricky because although it looks like a simple scene, there are a lot of shapes and busyness in the clouds.

In this case that meant getting enough contrast for drama and impact was tricky. It was easy to get looking overworked and gross, and I had to dial it back a few times to get the balance right.

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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