“The Floating Coffin” Print

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This breathtakingly massive piece contains endless of details, including an assortment of native Latin American flowers.

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I’ve done many Day of the Dead pieces in the past few years, but this is the first that incorporates coffin imagery. There’s just something hauntingly beautiful about caskets to me, and I wanted to visually communicate that.

This is the largest drawing I had done to date at 24 x 36″. I didn’t skimp on detail, so it was a lengthy process of drawing, inking and coloring. Working this large necessitated some alterations to my process and workspace to accommodate it.

Originally I wanted the coffin to be filled with flowers and an assortment of trinkets like toys, charms, and other knick knacks. But ultimately the composition proved to be completely full, so I concentrated on the flowers. There is an assortment of flora native to Latin America such as roses, marigolds, dahlias, chrysanthemums, and daisies.

I never really tire of creating Day of the Dead art, but if I were to quit doing it, I think this piece would be a nice finale.

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