Some background for those around the world:La Catrina
is an etching by José Guadalupe Posada. The image has since become a staple of Mexican imagery, and often is incorporated into artistic manifestations of the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos)
in November, such as altars and calavera costumes.El Día de Muertos
(Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2). Looks like it's more similar to Japan's Bon Festival
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
Now, this specific Deviation was first planned when ~Mariachiman
asked on a previous comic
: "How would the [mane six] look like if they celebrated the Day of the Dead with 'calaveritas', 'pan de muerto' and Rarity dressed up like 'La Catrina'?"
So this gave me another idea (six, actually, that I'll upload later) and this one will be a part of it.
First, I tried to trace into a vector the original etching by Posada, but it was very difficult and it would have been very time-consuming, so instead I just took a good resolution image of it (it's in the Public Domain) and the Rarity Glamorous and Beatiful
vector by =MysteriousKaos
. Since just pasting and Desaturating Rarity looked very easy
, I copied some parts of the original etching so I could "shade" it "the right way" and changed the outlines in her mane to white so it would look better against the black hat.