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Edel Rodriguez
Santa Muerte
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Acrylic and ink on paper, 9"x 13"

This painting is for a story on Santa Muerte in Foreign Policy magazine.  Santa Muerte, or Holy Death, is a religion in Mexico that mixes elements of Catholicism and Mesoamerican beliefs which maintain a certain reverence toward death.  The story deals with the religion's popularity among Mexico's poor.  It's also become a big part of the rituals within the Mexican drug cartels.  Some reference photos and sketches are below.  I worked with Bryan Erickson on the project.
a screen grab of my sketches and some reference material

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