Xipe Totec

Xipe Totec

This T-shirt illustration was inspired by a terracotta sculpture of Xipe Totec that is now on display in National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

In Aztec mythology Xipe Totec is a life-death-rebirth deity and god of vegetation, agriculture, spring and seasons. This was an interesting project, I was curious if I could transform the terracotta sculpture into a colored illustration without loosing the original style and feel of the sculpture.

The inspiration for this artwork came from a book about the  National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. The first step was a loose sketch in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet:

This sketch was then traced and colored in Illustrator:


… and T-shirt mock-ups in different colors:

I also made a desktop wallpaper of this illustration, you can download it HERE from my blog!