This is Zoe from Sktchy drawn in Procreate. Today is the Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos to give its Hispanic name. I’ve always been attracted to the colourful sugar skulls that are traditional symbols of this Mexican festival but I also love the idea of celebrating the lives of deceased relatives so the festival resonates with me on a number of levels.

I draw a portrait of someone in sugar skull costume and make up most years but this year I’ve also been crocheting along with a Day of the Dead crochet-along (or CAL) created by @theguywiththehook. You can see my finished mandala below and you can find the pattern on Ravelry.


This was such a hard draw. It’s so hard to draw a face when the usual markers, features and shadows aren’t clearly identifiable but are hidden by lots of face paint and make up. I struggle to get any sense of dimension and this face looks horribly flat. But it’s the Day of the Dead and I just had to draw a sugar skull portrait!

I drew this in my Moleskine sketchbook with Copic markers.