I was really looking forward to starting on customising Nikko’s pickguard, but it took a while because it is hard af to look for proper Dia de los Muertos references. They’re usually fashion spreads, pinups, or just straight-up gimmicky. I’d done a bit of research when I designed my old sugar skull logo a few years ago, but I didn’t want to be as flippant this time time around. I wanted to be respectful of the holiday and hopefully not veer into cultural appropriation.
While I usually find the colours paint markers come in limiting, it worked to my advantage this time around, for the bright, vibrant colours typically used in the celebrations. This piece also brought me face-to-face with an old nemesis: drawing flowers. Flowers are fucking hard to draw, y’all.
Of course, I had to bring out our Saltillo blanket when it was time for photographs.
I had so much fun working on this commission, it wasn’t til my joints started popping that I realised I’d finished colouring in one sitting!
Got anything you’d like me to marker up? I’m open for commissions! Drop me comment or an email and let’s talk about. 🙂