The skull is an image that we all recognize, as it’s been seen in countless forms. From horror movies to biology classes and, of course, the fact that we all have one!
There’s a certain fascination behind the skull, and it’s also an important symbol in many cultures.
It can mean danger, stay away or can also be used in many cultural festivals around the world.
As well recognized as the skull is, it can actually be quite an intimidating subject to draw! If you would like to learn how to draw one, you’ve come to the right place for that
We created this easy guide on how to draw a skull in just 8 easy steps to make sure you’ll be drawing amazing skulls in no time!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw a Skull – Let’s get Started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Next, erase the pencil and draw in the skull
- Step 3 – Next, draw in the cheekbones
- Step 4 – Now draw in the jaw of the skull
- Step 5 – Next you will be adding in the first eye socket
- Step 6 – Now draw in the other eye socket and nose hole
- Step 7 – Next you will be adding in the teeth and final details
- Your Skull Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw a Skull – Let’s get Started!
To start off this guide on how to draw a skull, we will start by drawing a rectangle with a lighter pencil.
We will be using a pencil for now, as this rectangle is to guide you and won’t be in the final picture.
Next, you can draw in an oval shape over the top of the rectangle.
Drawing an oval can be challenging if done freehand, so you could use a drawing tool like a compass to make it easier!
For the oval, you should use a pencil for now as well. The reference image we have provided will serve as a good visual guide for how it should look!
Step 2 – Next, erase the pencil and draw in the skull
For this next step, you should draw over your pencil oval in pen, but only parts that aren’t inside the rectangle. Once you’ve drawn that, you can then rub out all of the pencil.
Make sure that you let the pen ink dry properly before you erase or you could smudge the ink.
Step 3 – Next, draw in the cheekbones
For step 3 of learning how to draw a skull, we will be drawing in the cheekbones. To do this, you can draw in two very wavy lines that mirror one another, as you can see in the image.
If you can get them to be around the same size and shape as one another then that would be great!
Step 4 – Now draw in the jaw of the skull
For the next step of your skull drawing, we will be adding in the jaw. This will extend from below the cheekbones and into the shape they appear in for the reference image.
Using the picture as your guide, it’s best to avoid having the jaw be too long or too short.
Step 5 – Next you will be adding in the first eye socket
For step 5 in this guide on how to draw a skull, we will be adding the first eye socket.
You can see in the image that this should be round and flat on the right-hand side and a bit more pointed on the left.
Step 6 – Now draw in the other eye socket and nose hole
In this next step, you can draw in a mirror image of the left eye socket you drew in step 5. The reference image will be your guide on the placement for the other eye socket.
Once you have both eye sockets, you can draw in the nose as it appears in the picture.
Step 7 – Next you will be adding in the teeth and final details
For the last details of your skull drawing, we have one of the trickier aspects of your drawing. Drawing the teeth is a bit more challenging, but we can make it easier!
I would use a pencil to draw a curved line that looks like a smiley face to make sure the teeth will be even.
You can then count how many teeth are in the reference image and then use your pencil to draw some curved lines down onto the guide line you drew.
Once you’ve got all of the teeth drawn in, you can add in more lines for the details of the teeth as you can see in the reference image.
When you’re happy with the teeth, you should go over them with a pen and then erase your pencil lines.
Once that is done, there are just a few more line details to add on to the skull, particularly around the eyes and the cheeks.
With those final details drawn in, your skull drawing is almost done! The final step is a really fun one, as you’ll be filling your skull drawing in with some beautiful colors.
There are lots of ways you could go about doing this, too. We’ve shown one way you could color it in, but you should really let your creativity flow on this one!
You could go for a more realistic look, or you could use some of your favorite bright colors for an amazing look.
If you’re feeling extra creative, you could draw in some patterns to make it look like a sugar skull.
You can also experiment with different fun art mediums such as acrylic paints, watercolors, colored pens and pencils for some incredible colors!
Your Skull Drawing is Complete!
Now that your skull drawing in is colored, you’re all finished and you should be very proud of your amazing artwork!
We really hope that this guide on how to draw a skull in 8 easy steps was helpful and fun for you to use.
When you set out to learn how to draw a skull, it may have seemed like a difficult challenge. However, when you break it down into smaller, more manageable steps it can be so much easier!
Our aim with this guide was to let you have fun as you learn to draw, so we really hope you had a great time with it!
Now you can show us how creative you can be with the colors, patterns and mediums you use to finish iff your skull drawings.
Once you’ve finished drawing and coloring in your skull drawings, we hope that you’ll share them on our Facebook and Pinterest pages for us to admire!
We always love to see your creativity on display and we can’t wait to see your awesome skull drawings!