How to Draw A Skull. The skull is an image we are all familiar with, as it has been seen in countless forms. From horror movies to biology lessons and, of course, the fact that we all have one!
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There is a certain fascination behind the skull and crossbones, which is also an important symbol in many cultures.
It can mean danger, keep away, or we can also use it in many cultural festivals worldwide.
As well-known as the skull is, it can be quite an intimidating subject to draw!
How to Draw A Skull
To start with this tutorial on drawing a skull, let’s first draw a rectangle with a lighter-colored pencil.
We’ll be using a pencil for now, as this rectangle is for guidance and will not be included in the final image.
Next, you can draw an oval shape across the top of the rectangle.
Drawing an oval can be challenging when doing it freehand, so you could use a drawing tool like a compass to make it easier!
It would be best if you also used a pencil for the oval for the time being. The reference image we have provided serves as a good visual guide to how it should look!
For this next step, you should draw over the penciled oval with the pen, but only over the parts that aren’t inside the rectangle. After you draw it, you can erase the entire pen.
Allow the pen ink to dry well before erasing; otherwise, you may smudge the ink.
In step 3 of learning to draw a skull, we’ll draw the cheekbones. For this, you can draw two very wavy lines mirroring each other, as seen in the picture.
If you can make them the same size and shape, that would be great!
We’ll add the jaw for the next step of drawing your skull. This extends from under the cheekbones to the shape they appear for the reference image.
Using the picture as a guide, it’s best to avoid making the jawline too long or too short.
For step 5 in this guide to drawing a skull, we’ll add the first eye socket.
You can see in the picture that this should be round and flat on the right side and slightly more pointed on the left side.
In this next step, you can draw a mirror image of the left eye socket that you drew in step 5. The reference image serves as a guide for positioning the other eye socket.
Once you have both eye sockets, you can draw the nose as it appears in the picture.
For the final details of your skull drawing, we have one of the more complicated aspects of your drawing. Drawing teeth is a little harder, but we can make it easier!
I would use a pencil to draw a curved stripe that looks like a smiley countenance to provide the teeth are even.
You can then count how many teeth are in the reference image and then use the pen to draw curved lines on the guideline you drew.
Once you have drawn all the teeth, you can add more lines for the details of the teeth, as you can see in the reference image.
When happy with the teeth, you should go over them with a pen and then erase the pencil lines.
Once that’s done, all that remains is to add a few line details to the skull, particularly around the eyes and cheeks.
With those final details drawn, your skull drawing is almost complete! The last step is fun, as you will fill your skull with beautiful colors.
There are many methods you can use to accomplish this as well. We’ve shown one way to color it, but you should let your creativity run wild!
You could go for a more realistic look or use some of your favorite bright colors for an eye-catching look.
If you’re feeling extra creative, you can draw some patterns to make it look like a sugar skull.
You can also experiment with fun art mediums like acrylic paints, watercolors, crayons, and pencils to get some amazing colors!
Your Skull Drawing is Finished!