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how to draw skulls

Learn how to draw skulls in 6 easy steps!

All you need is a pencil and paper. You can also use a pen, marker, crayons, or any other drawing materials you may have.

In this drawing lesson, you'll learn how to draw the basic features of 9 different funky skulls. If you choose, you can then color and decorate your skull drawings for Dia de los Muertos! For examples, see my skull drawings on the right.

Take a look at the 9 simple skull drawings below. These were all done in pencil. These skulls are the basic outline for the fancy, intensely-decorated skulls that I create for Dia de los Muertos. In later lessons you'll learn how to decorate them with patterns and funky colors to create a skull drawing that is fun, lively, and uniquely you! First, let's draw some skulls!

how to draw skulls

Click on each skull to be taken to simple step-by-step instructions for drawing each one.

Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!
Learn how to draw this skull!

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How to Draw a Skull
Skull Drawing Lesson #1

How to Draw a Skull: Step 1
How to Draw a Skull: Step 2
How to Draw a Skull: Step 3
Draw the upper half of a half-circle.
Continue drawing the lines, as if you were about to draw a circle. Leave an opening at the bottom.
Connect the 2 ends by drawing a wide u-shaped line.


How to Draw a Skull: Step 4


How to Draw a Skull: Step 5


How to Draw a Skull: Step 6

Draw 2 nostrils in the middle, lower half of the skull.
Draw 2 wide circles for the eyes.
Add a line for the mouth and several smaller lines for teeth.


Cool, you've just drawn a skull! There are 8 more skull styles to choose from, so once you've mastered this one, go back to the beginning of How to Draw Skulls and try your hand at a few more funky skulls.

The basic features of the skull on the right were drawn using the method demonstrated above. This is an example of how you can color in your skull and decorate it with different designs!

If you like drawing skulls, and you want to get more advanced, check out these Day of the Dead skulls. They are colorful, detailed and fun!

Sugar skull coloring pages to print

Check out my ebook of printable Sugar Skull Coloring Pages, containing 21 sugar skulls that you can print and color as many times as you like!



Sugar Skulls 2015 Calendar

Thaneeya's newest sugar skull art will soon be available in a 2015 wall calendar to be released by Andrews McMeel Publishing on July 15, 2014, so you can enjoy my sugar skull art every month (and every day) of the year! The calendar features high-quality reproductions of 13 of her Day of the Dead sugar skull designs; plus a page for September, October, November and Decemeber, 2014 — so you can start using it this year!

The 2014 calendar sold out, so pre-order now to secure a copy!

Sugar Skulls 2015 calendar by Thaneeya

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learn how to make real sugar skulls

If you'd like to learn how to make real sugar skulls, check out my site dedicated to the Day of the Dead.

Draw Groovy, a fun new step-by-step drawing book by Thaneeya McArdle, to be published by F+W Media

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