La Calavera Catrina

The Girllustrator’s are putting a new group mailer together, and I’m so excited about the subject, Dia De Los Muertos! I was playing around with painting without line, inspired in part by my friend and fellow awesome kid’s book illustrator Diandra Mae. Check out what I made below:


“La Calavera Catrina (‘Dapper Skeleton’, ‘Elegant Skull’) is a 1910–1913 zinc etching by famous Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time. Her chapeau en attende is related to French and European styles of the early 20th century. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era. She in particular has become an icon of the Mexican Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.” source: wikipedia 



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