ByHolly Khraibani-Cousins, writer at
I'm an illustrator, web developer's wife and mother of 1. I admin @beards_unite on Instagram for fun (and for the beards!), as well as my ow
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As part-two to my Halloween-inspired artwork, I couldn't possibly create Sally, and not Jack!

I've seen many a fan art of Jack, the vast majority of it all in likeness of the original animated figure, or as a literal skeleton. However, I wanted to do something a little different, in addition to the fan art from around the world! I found myself heavily inspired by the model Rick Genest, A.K.A Zombie Boy, in creating the initial sketch of Jack.

He may look scary (and admittedly if I saw him IRL I'd be a bit taken back by his look!), but there is something so intriguing about him, and that was what I really wanted to encapsulate in my portrait; under all that perceived 'fright,' there is a person with desire, humor and everything else in between! Zombie Boy was essentially, my muse for the next couple of days.

As with my love of Sally and her characterization, I adored Jack's ambition to explore and find more to life (or death) than just his world of Halloween. How exciting it is to go on an adventure to somewhere new, and discovering who you really are.... something that can be applied to every day life!

I won't keep you waiting any longer, so here is my interpretation of Jack Skellington, using watercolors, polychromo pencils, and acrylics on Bockingford cold-pressed paper. I hope you enjoy this as much as Sally, and as always thank you so much for looking.

The First Stage

My Jack is complete!


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