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I made a skull a day for a year! Now it's your turn...

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:19:17 +0000


Snow Day Skull

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:07:00 +0000

We don't get a lot of snow in Richmond, VA (though more lately than in the past) so pretty much every heavy snowstorm I try to make some snow art. The most recent snow was too powdery to really stick so I decided to try a relief image on my deck. I made it really, really big (so big it was hard to actually photograph from above). See the lifesize skull in the shot for a sense of proportion. 

I like seeing how things transform over time so I documented it that evening as well as the next day once the sun came out.

Like seeing what I make and want to know more about how I do do what I do? Join me over on Patreon! As little as $1 a month gets you exclusive access inside my studio. 

Trying something new. Will you join me?

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:45:00 +0000

In an effort to push my art practice into the forefront this year I've launched a Patreon page
This is a place where people who like what I do (like you!) can help me do more of it by committing to a small amount of support every month and in exchange get a lot more access to my art and knowledge! I really miss the community I had when the Skull-A-Day blog was a in full force and I'd love to see if I can create some of that spirit again on my new page. Check out the intro video below, read the whole story on my page HERE and hopefully I can connect more with you this year!

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Black Bean Skull

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:03:00 +0000

Those of you that know the origin of the Skull-A-Day project know that the success I've experienced in my career is directly tied to the daily practice of my art that year. Since then I co-created the Creative Sprint with my sister as a tool for people to learn the benefits of creative practice in just 30 days. We're now in the midst of our October free public Creative Sprint and as always I'm taking part and still learning new things from the process. This particular skull was created as part of this month's challenge and was in response to the prompt, "make something inspired by another culture." In this case, my 4 year-old-daughter, who is collaborating with me this month, suggested doing something inspired by Mexico and suggested that I make black beans!

Turnip Skull II

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:43:00 +0000

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Skull-A-Day I've created a new version of one of the pieces from the very first week of the project...

RIP Adam West 1928 – 2017

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:51:00 +0000

My first Batman... 

Skull-a-bration Book Special

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:30:00 +0000


Don't miss out on a chance to get the Skull-A-Day book (featuring all 365 of the original skulls, plus bonus images and an introduction from the curator of the Mütter Museum) in combination with the new book about the value of creative practice I wrote with my sister: Creative Sprint, at a special discount price of just $30! That's $13 off the combined cover price!

This special deal is only available from Chop Suey Books during the 10th anniversary Skull-a-bration (which ends July 5th!), so don't wait, ORDER TODAY! 

Happy Skull Appreciation Day!

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000

10 years ago today, I made a tiny orange paper skull that started a chain reaction that completely transformed my life! 

The Skull-A-Day project was a simple idea, meant to boost me out of a creative rut that I'd fallen into. I never expected it would lead me to a new career, opportunities to travel the world, multiple book deals, opportunities to show my art in museums and galleries internationally, and even a visit to The Martha Stewart show. I still get opportunities almost daily related to the project. 10 years of dividends on a 1 year investment is pretty amazing. All of this is the reason I consistently encourage others to take on the daily creative challenge. Even as small a commitment as 30-days is enough to create major changes in people's lives.

Please join me in celebrating our craniums today by taking a moment to do one little creative act and sharing it with the world, you never know where it will lead!

If you're a longtime fan of the project I'd love to hear from you below (when did you find it? how did it inspire you?).

If you're up for a bigger challenge why not make your own 30-days of skulls starting today. If you share it with the #CreativeSprint & #SkullADay hashtags I'll track you down and give you a prize!

Also if you haven't picked up a copy of the Skull-A-Day book, featuring all 365 of the original skulls, plus a great essay from the Mütter Museum's curator Anna Dhody, now would be a good time, as the publisher Chop Suey Books is offering it in combination with the new book I wrote with my sister Creative Sprint for a massive discount! Get it HERE

p.s. I'll be re-sharing the first 30 days of the project, starting today on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Celebrate Skull Appreciation Day on June 4th!

Tue, 30 May 2017 13:28:00 +0000

On June 4th, 2017 Skull-A-Day turns 10!

In 2007 Noah Scalin had an idea. He would make a different skull a day for a year on his blog, the idea was simple, but crazy enough to go viral within weeks. It landed him book deals and an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, all the while completely transforming his art and life in the process. Because of its rabid following the Skull-A-Day project continued long after its first year and grew from a fanbase to an international community of skull art creators! 

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his seminal Skull-A-Day project we're kicking off a 30-day “skull-a-bration” and everyone is invited!

Starting on June 4th – the date Skull-A-Day project launched 10 years previously (now known as Skull Appreciation Day) – Noah will be re-sharing the first 30 skulls daily on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.

In addition skull lovers everywhere are invited to celebrate Skull Appreciation Day on June 4th, by sharing their own original skull themed artworks on a variety of platforms.

Prizes will be given to anyone who completes their own 30-day skull art challenge between June 4 and July 3 using the #SkullADay & #CreativeSprint hashtags.

Sign up for the Creative Sprint mailing list today to get a special weekly inspiration email during the Skull-A-Day celebration, featuring creativity boosting prompts, Noah’s lessons from the project, and free downloads.

Red Candy Skull

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:41:00 +0000

I have a bit of a sweet tooth and a particular penchant for red candies...

Spinkle Skull

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:20:00 +0000

I haven't made a skull in a while, but I was inspired when I sat down beside a bowl of this colorful ice cream topping at the launch event for the Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business 10-day Creative Sprint. I love that just being around other people being creative makes me want to create as well!

RIP Carrie Fisher 1956 – 2016

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 03:37:00 +0000

This year sucks.

Creative Sprint: Six 30-Day Challenges To Jumpstart Your Creativity

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:59:00 +0000

I'm pleased to announce that my next book is coming out in April 2017 from Voyageur Press!

The book was co-written with my sister Mica and is an expansion of the Creative Sprint public art game we've been running for the past few years!

Pre-order your copy today! 

Happy Skull Appreciation Day!

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

For those of you that don't know, June 4th marks the start of my original Skull-A-Day project way back in 2007. After the project ended I kept the site going as a place for the community that formed around it to continue sharing their skull art and I dubbed it Skull-A-Day 2.0. This year is Skull-A-Day 10.0! It's been an amazing journey these past 9 years and there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not experiencing a benefit of that commitment to practice. I highly recommend giving a daily creative project a shot, you never know where it will take you. And be sure to give your head bone some extra love today.

RIP Prince 1958–2016

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:36:00 +0000

I'm shocked and heartbroken that another musical genius has died far too young.

Dead Media 5: Newspaper Skull

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:34:00 +0000

I was invited to speak at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and as part of my visit I worked with students in the graphic design program to create a new large scale anamorphic installation in the lobby of the School of the Arts building. The timing was appropriate as it was just announced that the local newspaper would no longer be printing in town, but moving production to another city before eventually transitioning to just a digital format. This temporary piece will stay up for just a few days before it is disassembled and recycled. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"> This piece is part of my ongoing Dead Media series. Would you like me to make one at your school? Get in touch. [...]

365: A Daily Creativity Journal – New & Expanded

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:02:00 +0000

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="640">I'm pleased to announce that the brand new edition of my book 365: A Daily Creativity Journal is now available! This book is your guide to making your own daily yearlong creativity projects, inspired by the success I had with my own Skull-A-Day project. This new & expanded edition features an additional month of prompts to keep you going after you finish your own yearlong project and new resources & interviews to keep you inspired! Ask for it at your local independent bookstore! Don't know where one is? IndieBound can help you out.Of course it's available at your favorite online book retailer as well, including, Barnes & Noble & Quarto.If you'd like for me to do a book signing/talk/workshop in your town drop me a line! [...]

Snowmageddon Skull

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:02:00 +0000

My hometown was hit by this year's crazy blizzard and since we're not used to dealing with snow down South, everything shut down. After 2 days stuck at home we all start to get a bit stir crazy. Luckily the sun was out today and snow was finally packing friendly, so I decided to add another snow skull creation to my collection...

And after two days in the sun...

RIP David Bowie 1947–2016

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:11:00 +0000

David Bowie's death was surprisingly shocking, he'd always been in the background of my life and I guess I unconsciously expected him to live forever.

RIP Lemmy 1945–2015

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:02:00 +0000

Lemmy was a truly one-of-a-kind guy. I'm so glad I got to meet him in person briefly many years ago. He will be missed.

Fire, Flour & Fork Skull

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:22:00 +0000

I was commissioned by Real Richmond to create a piece of artwork for the Halloween portion of their Fire, Flour & Fork event this year.

I created this papel picado style illustration to be used on all of their marketing materials at the Beaux Arts Ball held at The Jefferson Hotel on Halloween evening, which also happened to be the 120th anniversary of its opening!

As well as being used online and in print, my image was also projected onto the hotel itself and used as decoration inside the lobby.

Some of my other work was also on display as projections in the space!

Chop Suey Skull II

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:20:00 +0000

For this year's Halloween window display at Chop Suey Books here in Richmond, Virginia I created a giant skull out of pages from my Skull-A-Day book (which they published)! Don't have a copy yet? Get yours HERE. Or look for it at these fine stores...

New York City
Raleigh, North Carolina
Quail Ridge Books
Durham, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Richmond, Virginia

Dead Media 4

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:30:00 +0000

I was asked to create a new site specific installation at the Science Museum of Virginia here in Richmond, Virginia as part of the RVA MakerFest. The local creative reuse organization Stuff Redux helped me collect the hundreds of CDs & DVDs I needed to create this anamorphic piece. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"> See my previous Dead Media installations HERE, HERE and HERE. [...]

Anatomy of War: Match Skull

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:40:00 +0000

Another skull from my upcoming Anatomy of War exhibition opening this Wednesday at Krause Gallery in NYC. This one was made by arranging and burning matches directly on the work surface.

The show runs September 9 through October 13 and if you're in the NYC area you're invited to come out for the preview reception this Wednesday, September 9. Get more details and RSVP for the reception HERE.

You can take a look at the process of creating some of the work for this show here...

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Anatomy of War: Bullet Skull II

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000

For my upcoming solo exhibition Anatomy of War at Krause Gallery in NYC I created a brand new bullet hole skull inspired by my piece on day 344 of the original Skull-A-Day project. This one was made by shooting directly into a large wooden panel...

The show runs September 9 through October 13 and if you're in the NYC area you're invited to come out for the preview reception on Wednesday, September 9. Get more details and RSVP for the reception HERE.

You can take a look at the process of creating some of the work for this show here...

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League of Space Pirates Album Release

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:48:00 +0000

The project I have been working on the hardest since the completion of my original Skull-A-Day project is the collaborative science fiction universe League of Space Pirates

Now after 7 long years of work our first album has come out! Precognitive Universe of Emergent Desire is 13 tracks of 80s inspired electronic rock made by a band of anti-corporate outlaws 500 years in the future!

The album is available on pretty much any digital music service you can imagine. Here are a few links to easy ways to listen and buy the tracks right now...

And for those of you (like me) who still like a tactile product to go with their music I've made a limited run of CDs which you can purchase directly from me HERE.

Thanks for listening!

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