El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican and Latin American celebration to remember those who have departed from Earth. It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their families on October 31st - November 1st and leave on November 2nd. Families and friends gather to pray for and honor their loved ones while offering gifts (ofrendas) such as marigolds, sugar skulls, candles and incense on their altars. The most familiar symbol and piece of art associated with El Dia De Los Muertos is the calavera (skull), which appear everywhere during this celebration - in sweets and candies, as costumes and masks and more. These calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life and living alongside death (not in fear of it). Artists here at Design By Humans have been busy creating elaborate and beautiful works of art honoring this traditional holiday - check out the designs below and let us know which is your favorite!
Viva La Muerte by BrianMViveros
This stunning Dia De Los Muertos design was hand painted by artist Brian Viveros. This beauty is featured wearing a gruesome skull mask complete with traditional makeup and skull tattoos. Superb lighting and texture make this design look extremely realistic.
Calavera III by Wotto
This Day Of The Dead skull (calavera) design has an amazing amount of detail with unique patterns and shapes. Subtle grey and black tones make up this cool sugar skull design by master doodler Wotto.
Day Of The Dead by Gillesbone
Gillesbone is a pop culture fiend and has created a strong fanbase with his bold artwork that resonates with a wide audience. This bright, neon skull design has cool x-ray textures along with paint splatters and photo-overlays. This design stands out above the rest for its cunning use of sugar skull patterns and tribute to El Dia De Los Muertos.
El Mariachi by Walmazan
This cute skull character looks like he's partied a little too hard on El Dia De Los Muertos! This simple, tequila-loving skeleton pays homage to the day of the dead celebration with cool sugar skull markings and a large sombrero.
Dama De La Muerte by Geno75
This is a lady you wouldn't want to go on a second date with! This spooky, dark art design is perfect for Halloween or El Dia De Los Muertos. This design depicts a beauty complete with sugar skull makeup, tattoos and creepy skull.