day of the dead skeletons

Got a request on Instagram to draw something sugar skull related and decided to draw something from Veruca’s past! here’s V and her dad and sister getting ready for a parade! I had a lot of fun with the colors * o *  also made a YouTube Video of me drawing it  

Okay, let’s get something straight here: 

Día De Los Muertos is not “A Mexican Halloween”

If you did not know that, it is alright it is not your job to know everything about ever culture but allow me to explain exactly what Day of the Dead is: 

  • Día De Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead is a celebration but not so much of one like Halloween, 
  • In the mornings there are typically parades all filled with laughter, dance, beautiful decorations, and music of course it is fun we celebrate the life we have
  • But we don’t paint our faces and go parading down the street for nothing, its not a thing we do just because it is fun 
  • We MOURN
  • We honor those who has passed and made the journey to the afterlife
  • Each year families to to Grave sights (which are NOT for your aesthetically pleasing selfies please) to pay respects and visit those who have already gone
  • Mexicans and Hispanics are very family oriented people, at the grave sights you can often hear mother wailing out for their children who passed too soon or men knelt over their mother’s grave sobbing and of course children crying for their parents
  • People pray and cry out, they sob and scream
  • Yes it is a day of remembrance and we honor them but it is still painful, we miss those who once walked with us
  • Families and friends typically bring favorite food, flowers, drinks, etc to the graveyards 
  • Do NOT make fun of that. Please.
  • DON’T post skeleton memes aimed at Day of The Dead, the calavera/sugar skulls are meant to represented the parted souls of loved ones with names etched onto the forehead and the skulls painted on our faces are meant to ward off more death
  • DON’T disrespect grave sights, this is an obvious thing not to do people 
  • DON’T  celebrate if you do not intend of respecting and honoring those who have passed and just want it as a second Halloween 
  • DON’T mock people celebrating or any of the traditions 
  • DON’T mess the with petals, those orange petals are from a flower called  cempoalxochitl, and they are meant to help guide the dead back to their homes so their spirits can too visit 

Don’t get me wrong Day of the Dead isn’t always sad it is also fun and amazing and beautiful, we not only honor those who have gone but we celebrate those who have lived this long, we celebrate the life we have and acknowledge the fact we made it this far, death is a natural cycle, death will take us all one day but not today, and that is the reason why we celebrate! It is a beautifully melancholy holiday, and remember Day of the Dead is actually multiple days do please be mindful!

As your resident Skeleton-enthusiast I have to say I am extremely disappointed that the skeletons in Coco are so ugly.

Dia de los Muertos has been handled effortlessly by other projects with a much smaller budget- including Disney but were still aesthetically appealing.

Above:

Skelita Calaveras: Monster High

Dia de los Muertos | Film School Shorts

The Book of Life

Netflix: legend Quest

Disney: Elena of Avalor

A group of skeletons played salsa on our roof. They rehearsed preparing for the Day of the Dead celebration. They were making a lot of unbearable noise—they were lousy musicians and the singer was completely out of tune. We prayed the Virgin of Zapopan, and a strong wind came thanks to her. It blew so strong, the skeletons began to lose their bones carrying by the wind. Their ribs flew away, so they got scared, got together the rest of their bones and ran away looking for a more quite place. And we got peace and silence after all.

  • environmental storytelling: cautious environment building that lets the player think for themselves what happened here, whats the lore of this game etc
  • environmental storytelling feat. bethesda: My Diary, by Nameless Dead Skeleton 1490. Day 1. Hey gamers, I heard theres a great big treasure in this cave but that damn fucker Al'hrdhrt doesn't feel like sharing. I hope I don't end up being a dead skeleton under a collapsed mine entrance somewhere