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Free Exclusive resource from Jimiyo: Skull Reference Photos

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You could hop on ebay and bid on some anatomical skull models (which run between $20 and $80).

Or, you could just download these complete reference photos prepared by jimiyo exclusively for the Go MediaZine. They’re awesome! Inside there are 15 high res skulls at different angles and cut out from the background. So get your Wacom tablet set up and spend an evening drawing over these reference photos. It’s fun and really great practice.

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Also an update: Thanks in part to your votes, jimiyo is in the final five over at the DBH competition! That is really an accomplishment. The votes have been reset so make sure to say thanks for these great resources with another vote. Good luck jimiyo!

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  • jaime.radar

    excellent!!! this saves me from spending money on a model of a human skull and taking the photos of different angles myself haha

  • http://www.designbyhumans.com/vote/detail/25168 aj dimarucot

    Jimiyo you never seem to run out of weapons to get votes haha!

  • http://www.designbyhumans.com/vote/detail/25168 aj dimarucot

    Jimiyo you never seem to run out of weapons to get votes haha!

  • gio

    awesome! :) now i really need to buy a tablet. haha

  • gio

    awesome! :) now i really need to buy a tablet. haha

  • http://jimiyo.com jimiyo

    hahah aj. its awesome, we are all over the internet all at once. srsly im out of secret weapons. RadioMode got a shirt.woot.com print tonight with a pimp to his DBH.

    You can actually buy this skull from dickblick for $30-$35. It’s where I got mine! I photoshopped the lines and bolts out for you peeps.

  • http://jimiyo.com jimiyo

    hahah aj. its awesome, we are all over the internet all at once. srsly im out of secret weapons. RadioMode got a shirt.woot.com print tonight with a pimp to his DBH.

    You can actually buy this skull from dickblick for $30-$35. It’s where I got mine! I photoshopped the lines and bolts out for you peeps.

  • Daniel Newman

    Thank you again, Jimiyo, shame I can’t vote more than once.
    I can give you votes on your other dbh shirts, hope that helps. Good luck.

  • Daniel Newman

    Thank you again, Jimiyo, shame I can’t vote more than once.
    I can give you votes on your other dbh shirts, hope that helps. Good luck.

  • http://snickars.wordpress.com Snickars

    haha this is great! i just checked the price on a skull, $100 +shipping…guess that will have to be put on hold for a while…

  • http://snickars.wordpress.com Snickars

    haha this is great! i just checked the price on a skull, $100 +shipping…guess that will have to be put on hold for a while…

  • jaime.radar

    excellent!!! this saves me from spending money on a model of a human skull and taking the photos of different angles myself haha

  • http://twitter.com/gestalter/statuses/924459674 gestalter (gestalter)

    skull from diffrent angles http://tinyurl.com/66nh3q

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    You can never have too much reference material. Thanks a lot!

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    You can never have too much reference material. Thanks a lot!

  • http://www.battlemedialab.com Joe

    wow nice. been looking for decent skull models for a while now. TY

  • http://www.battlemedialab.com Joe

    wow nice. been looking for decent skull models for a while now. TY

  • digital_13

    Thanks a ton for this! I’ve been looking for high res. skulls w/open mouths for awhile. :D

  • digital_13

    Thanks a ton for this! I’ve been looking for high res. skulls w/open mouths for awhile. :D

  • http://www.avangelistphotography.com Avangelist

    nice touch, never buy photo’s off ebay that is just daft, look around the free stock sites such as xchange

  • http://www.avangelistphotography.com Avangelist

    nice touch, never buy photo’s off ebay that is just daft, look around the free stock sites such as xchange

  • http://www.williambiwer.com Bill Biwer

    This is a great resource.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.williambiwer.com Bill Biwer

    This is a great resource.

    Thanks.

  • http://olddirtydermot.com Dermot Reddan

    Thanks!!

  • http://olddirtydermot.com Dermot Reddan

    Thanks!!

  • http://twitter.com/jeff_finley/statuses/924700268 jeff_finley (Jeff Finley)

    Free skull reference photos: http://tinyurl.com/66nh3q

  • http://coghillcartooning.com George Coghill

    Very cool, thanks for sharing!

  • http://coghillcartooning.com George Coghill

    Very cool, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.behance.net/alexbeltechi Alex Beltechi

    go jimiyo!

  • http://www.behance.net/alexbeltechi Alex Beltechi

    go jimiyo!

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  • Evan Lozano

    Thanks jimiyo. awesome to have 1 skull from different angles. Thanks for sharing!

  • Evan Lozano

    Thanks jimiyo. awesome to have 1 skull from different angles. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://doncrowley.blogspot.com dc crowley

    Well ‘shiver me timbers!’ just what I needed. Friday is ‘talk like a pirate day’ ARGH!

  • http://doncrowley.blogspot.com dc crowley

    Well ‘shiver me timbers!’ just what I needed. Friday is ‘talk like a pirate day’ ARGH!

  • matt q

    Seriously rad Jimiyo. Thanks a lot!!

  • matt q

    Seriously rad Jimiyo. Thanks a lot!!

  • http://www.grafikkid.com Chris Stauffer

    Very cool man, thanks.

  • dana

    candy mountain, haha

  • http://www.grafikkid.com Chris Stauffer

    Very cool man, thanks.

  • dana

    candy mountain, haha

  • Alex

    Thanks jimiyo – good luck!

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  • Alex

    Thanks jimiyo – good luck!

  • Andrew

    cheers!

  • http://www.dodski.com Ritchie

    WOOT!!. Thanks for the reference. I can now make my own vector skull… WEEEE :D

  • http://www.dodski.com Ritchie

    WOOT!!. Thanks for the reference. I can now make my own vector skull… WEEEE :D

  • Andrew

    cheers!

  • socoduce

    I could use those photos in artwork nevermind the vector potential! lol… I won’t but thatks for taking the time to share.

  • ndough

    hei jimiyo thank its helpful to make some noise at night great post
    yeah also ya great damn art @DBH

  • ndough

    hei jimiyo thank its helpful to make some noise at night great post
    yeah also ya great damn art @DBH

  • http://twitter.com/miguelyoung/statuses/925936452 miguelyoung (miguelyoung)

    Caveira em HiRes, 15 fotos/angulos, download – http://tinyurl.com/66nh3q -

  • Kelly

    Very, very cool. Thank you!

  • Kelly

    Very, very cool. Thank you!

  • socoduce

    I could use those photos in artwork nevermind the vector potential! lol… I won’t but thatks for taking the time to share.

  • http://www.blog.epicerastudio.com Make Design, Not War

    Awesome set – looking forward to using these as references in the near future. Thanks for yet another great stock resource :)

  • http://www.blog.epicerastudio.com Make Design, Not War

    Awesome set – looking forward to using these as references in the near future. Thanks for yet another great stock resource :)

  • aj

    yea

  • aj

    yea

  • http://naldzgraphics.com NaldzGraphics

    wow this is great.thanks!!!

    Ronald

  • http://naldzgraphics.com NaldzGraphics

    wow this is great.thanks!!!

    Ronald

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs at blackhatbootcamp.com/listofwordpressblogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.

  • James

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs at blackhatbootcamp.com/listofwordpressblogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.

  • RCKY

    I was looking for something like this. Thank you.

  • RCKY

    I was looking for something like this. Thank you.

  • http://jimiyo.com jimiyo

    Found another resource Peeps.

    Actually I only made mine because I could not find this one I stumbled on years ago. Now I have found it again.

    http://www.digitalartform.com/archives/2004/10/skulls.html

    http://www.electronicmediaarts.com/ema/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=32

  • http://jimiyo.com jimiyo

    Found another resource Peeps.

    Actually I only made mine because I could not find this one I stumbled on years ago. Now I have found it again.

    http://www.digitalartform.com/archives/2004/10/skulls.html

    http://www.electronicmediaarts.com/ema/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=32

  • http://www.battlemedialab.com Joe

    So…took the Wacom to these and I’m loving my results :) Thanks again. I’m going to buy a model skull soon!

  • http://www.battlemedialab.com Joe

    So…took the Wacom to these and I’m loving my results :) Thanks again. I’m going to buy a model skull soon!

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  • artninja

    Soooo much less work than trying to talk a live person out of their skull (“What? It’s not like you’re REALLY using it. C’mon. Please?”). This is incredibly handy. Thanks!!

  • artninja

    Soooo much less work than trying to talk a live person out of their skull (“What? It’s not like you’re REALLY using it. C’mon. Please?”). This is incredibly handy. Thanks!!

  • http://www.instantshift.com DKumar M.

    Great Recourse!!

    Now just need few more zombies for new project ;)

  • http://www.instantshift.com DKumar M.

    Great Recourse!!

    Now just need few more zombies for new project ;)

  • t.gee.

    Dude you guys are gonna love this site, Dan Akroyd and info on the cyrstal skull legends and well, vodka ouch:
    http://crystalheadvodka.com/

  • t.gee.

    Dude you guys are gonna love this site, Dan Akroyd and info on the cyrstal skull legends and well, vodka ouch:
    http://crystalheadvodka.com/

  • Hugo

    thanks a lot! Just what i´ve looking 4!!

  • Hugo

    thanks a lot! Just what i´ve looking 4!!

  • http://svensworld.de sven

    Wow, how could I miss this post? Great reference. Who does not love to draw skulls, but somehow I hate to draw them so freakin realisticly. I prefer the comic approach.

  • http://svensworld.de sven

    Wow, how could I miss this post? Great reference. Who does not love to draw skulls, but somehow I hate to draw them so freakin realisticly. I prefer the comic approach.

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  • Matt

    Thanks for this, I just got a wacom today and this will be great practice

  • Matt

    Thanks for this, I just got a wacom today and this will be great practice

  • ArtJaz

    Brilliant ref material – thanks!

  • ArtJaz

    Brilliant ref material – thanks!

  • http://yahoo.com Rosie

    You are really sick you should not be doing that at all.

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    I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day.

  • http://www.aereus.com/ Kris

    Wow these rock! I got here through a CG Tutorial on cg.tutsplus.com (or PSDtuts.com)

    This link was part of a tutorial.

    Thanks so much!

  • Dayna

    Thanks for the nice reference material – this is perfect.

  • Dayna

    Thanks for the nice reference material – this is perfect.

  • trucpham

    Hi, I really like the skull pictures above and wanted to download the pictures for my drawing practice. However when I downloaded it, I was unable to see anything. The file name ALLSKULLS with a Quicktime PDS icon, when I double-clicked on it, it shows just a tiny black box image. There was no way I could enlarge it.

    Can anyone help me please??!!!

  • angela_Tsui

    thanks for sharing

  • angela_Tsui

    thanks for sharing

  • sparesr4sissies

    Wow, that's pretty cool. Maybe I'll use it on my PBA Regional information site.

  • http://www.cjeschke.com/ beautiful photography

    This is cool thanks for sharing it.

  • http://arcnerva.com/ Arcnerva

    Very nice, I can think of many uses for these. Thank you.

  • http://www.artecats.blogspot.com/ Sue Berry

    Many thanks for these images! I'm a newbie at PSE so will use them to practise with. First experiment on my blog.

  • http://designertuts.com/skullgrunge-t-shirt-design/ skull t-shirt design

    Thanks for the skulls. I'll link to them as extra useful stuff in my skull t-shirt tutorial
    http://designertuts.com/skullgrunge-t-shirt-des

  • Matt

    Thanks for this nice work!
    dizi izle

  • willdabeast

    i fucking love you

  • d-man

    thanks man, this is freakin awesome

  • Bill

    finally i can do some skull fuckin!

  • Brittany

    I love you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000187886569 Ken Mortera

    thanks man, I used this as my fret marks on my guitar … :D

  • Рифгат Мирзаев

    Thanks a lot from Russia!

  • Sherry Wells

    Just what I was in search of…making a Birthday Cake for GF (she’s a skull freak) and needed REAL photos.  AWESOME!  Thank you for sharing.

  • farhn13

    thx gan

  • http://www.facebook.com/migdalskiy Sergiy Migdalskiy

    Great, high contrasty, high resolution photos from so many angles!
    How anatomically correct is this reference? The coronoid process (the flap opposite of the jaw’s corner) looks weirdly bent anteriorly and laterally (forward and outward) to me. Is this a normal variation, or was this individual deformed? I didn’t see many skulls, maybe I have wrong preconceptions, but it’d be nice to know for sure if the reference is or isn’t within norm. Also, would be useful to know – is this caucasian female?