The Making of a Title Background no.2

So I’ve been planning to do a sugar skull look for a while now, I finally got around to drawing the title background.

I wanted it be be heavily based on the work of Sylvia Ji, if you haven’t seen her work here is the link to her website. Her work is beautiful! :

I will be doing a video of this showing it from start to finish on my art channel.

I’d run out of black card to paint on so I ended up painting on the front of an old sketchbook.

For the background I used gold acrylic paint, I wanted the background to have an interesting texture so I painted in various directions and applied the paint quite heavily.

Before I painted this one I had done a rough face chart so I had an idea of the pattern I wanted for the sugar skull.

Acrylic paint was used for almost the whole painting minus the eyes. For the smokey eye look I used an old makeup smudge brush and some black chalk.

For the shading around the arms and neck I used what was left on the smudge brush.

Once I had finished I messed around with it in Photoshop for a while, I’m not sure if this is going to be the final piece.

I think I’ll mess around with it for a bit longer before I settle on one but for the moment this is what I have :)


  1. Elsa says

    I absolutely love the version before the photoshop! I love how you did the smokey eyes on the picture :)

  2. says

    Oww !! Now i know where that look in the Help video came from !! :D
    Btw Klaire … You rock !! Seriously !! :) The way you did this, i can’t even imagine i would have ! <3 For the Golden Background and its texture !!

  3. says

    I have just discovered your blog and now your youtube, you are truly an inspiring and lovely person. I have just been going through a rough patch with my music and I felt like I was horrible and not getting anywhere. You have inspired me to be more positive with it. You have one of the most amazing voices I have heard in a long time. Would love to see you release an album! xoxo