The Iain Macarthur 'Skulltastic' Series is Textured

Iain Macarthur's 'Skulltastic' series is beyond intricate. The principal figures depicted in each illustration are all skulls, of course, but the most impressive aspect of these works is the detail.

In the Skulltastic series, Iain Macarthur weaves each skull out of fine-spun textures. The visual effect of this is similar to that produced by magnifying some object at greater and greater times its size; from a certain distance and with a certain focus, the Skulltastic illustrations are simply highly textured skulls; closer inspection reveals an entire ecology of details that work with one another to produce the larger picture.

The Skulltastic series portrays skulls -- normally austere and morbid objects -- in a vibrant, life-like manner.