Madam Ghede!!! Wow... she really looks different in the first two designs. I really didn't quite believe her when she said she could melt hearts in her younger years but if she looked anything like Miss Middle here then I'm surprised she didn't pick up the old king himself.
When I first looked at this, I thought, "Bellydancers!" Then, at closer inspection, I said, "Oooo, nooooooo." Still, I am IN LOVE with the design concepts you have going here. There's this beautiful mix of Roma-Dancer-Witch going on, here, and it's very exciting to see these three aspects married together in one form. I'm thinking the lady on the far left is my favorite of the bunch. Well done...!
Well, i didn't see it, so i have no idea what you're talking about, but just type in google "baron samedi" "ghede" or "maman brigitte" to see how often this skull make up has been used. It's not Monkey Island's original concept (it's actually been in many games and movies), it's a culture archetype, very well known, and that obviously was my inspiration.