My sugar skull art is colorful, fun and full of psychedelic details! These intricate skulls are inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead in English). You can view my Day of the Dead skull art by browsing the gallery below:

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About Thaneeya's Sugar Skull Art

My sugar skull drawings and paintings are inspired by the candy skulls made out of sugar that are given as gifts on the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.

 Sugar Skull art by Thaneeya

I start by drawing a skull outline, then decorate it with my own personal flair - a distinctive, recognizable style of intricately detailed designs, patterns, and vibrant colors. My sugar skull artworks are original designs entirely of my own creation - they are not based on traditional Mexican art or motifs, but rather from the images I conjure up in my mind. Each piece of sugar skull art that I create is a unique creative expression from my imagination combining multiple aspects of my life experience, influences and interests.

My sugar skulls are my most popular genre of art, which is lucky for me because I enjoy creating them. I never run out of ideas for new sugar skull art, because there are an infinite number of possibilities in terms of colors, patterns, shapes and designs. I created my first sugar skull drawing, Rejoicing Quietus, in the autumn of 2005, and it's still one of my most well-known skulls! I drew another one the following year, which I called Rejoicing Quietus II. Since then, I've created a whole bunch of sugar skull drawings and paintings (and wisely started giving them different names), and I've usually got several skulls in progress.

I use a variety of media to create my sugar skull art, including: Prismacolor colored pencils, acrylic paint, black ink pens, watercolor pencils, Photoshop and iPad apps such as iDraw and Procreate. No matter what medium I use, the common denominator amongst all my sugar skull art is detail and (aside from my black & white skulls), color!


My sugar skull art can be purchased on a wide range of products via my shop, such as smartphone cases, clothing, bags, accessories, posters, and more!

Jigsaw Puzzles

Sugar Skull Charms

I also have a range of sugar skull charms that can be found online here:

 Sugar Skull Jewelry by Thaneeya McArdle

If you think my art would look great on your products, please contact my licensing agents with your proposal. Current licensees for my sugar skulls include Andrews McMeel, Ceaco, and Buckle-Down.

Sugar Skull Coloring Pages

I'm excited to offer you the opportunity to color in my sugar skull art! My downloadable Sugar Skull Coloring Book contains 21 coloring pages that you can print and color as many times as you want (for personal, non-commercial use only).

If you love to color, here's your chance to collaborate with me by coloring in my intricate line art!

Coloring Books

I have also published two books featuring sugar skulls and Day of the Dead imagery. Both books are unique (and different from the coloring pages above), so you won't find any repeats! They can be purchased in stores and online. Click below to preview the inside pages!

2019 Sugar Skulls Wall Calendar

My newest sugar skull art is now available in a 2019 wall calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing, so you can enjoy my sugar skull art every month (and every day) of the year! The calendar features high-quality reproductions of 13 of my Day of the Dead sugar skull designs; plus a page for September, October, November and December, 2018 — so you can start using it this year!

Click here to get a closer look at the colorful skull art featured in this calendar!

What is Day of the Dead?

 Dancing Skeletons

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that falls on November 1 and 2 of each year. It is a time for remembering and celebrating our loved ones who have departed from this earthly existence. Far from being a sad holiday, Day of the Dead is a joyous occasion where people honor their deceased loved ones by building altars in their memory, telling stories about the deceased (the funnier the better), making food and sweets to give as offerings, and cleaning and decorating gravesites.

Some people, particularly in the US, might think that Day of the Dead is a weird or morbid holiday. However, building an altar to honor a dead relative or friend is similar to arranging mementos and photos of your dead loved ones on your mantelpiece or bookshelf. Decorating graves is similar to placing flowers on a gravestone. There are actually many cultures around the world that have holidays or celebrations that honor the dead - in Latin America, Asia and beyond.

 Sugar Skull Art Day of the Dead

The idea of celebrating the dead is growing in popularity around the world as more and more people learn about Dia de los Muertos, and see it as a healthy way to remember those who have passed. Instead of being frightened by death and treating it as a taboo subject, it's better to accept that death is a natural, integral part of the cycle of life. These days you can find celebrations inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead taking place all over the world - for instance, in New Zealand, Hawaii, the Philippines and even small towns in America.