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pencil drawing of a skull

Learn how to draw a pencil drawing of a skull!

I'll show you how to draw 9 different fun and funky skulls. You can use a pencil, pen, markers, or crayons - whatever you have on hand.

Learn how to draw this skull!If you're just getting the hang of it, you might want to try with a pencil first. That way you can erase your mistakes. If you like the final drawing, you can always go over the lines with a marker or other art material!

This drawing lesson will show you all the steps to create the skull on the left. This is one of the more complicated skulls, so if it feels overwhelming, start with an easier pencil drawing of a skull.

When you're done drawing your skull, you can then color and decorate your skull drawings for Day of the Dead! If you don't know what Day of the Dead is, read all about it! For examples of my Day of the Dead art, see my skull drawings on the right.

how to draw a skull

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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Pencil Drawing of a Skull
Skull Drawing Lesson #8

How to Draw a Pencil Drawing of a Skull

This skull is a bit more complicated than the other skulls, so there are more steps. Watch the animation on the left before you start drawing, so that you can see how the individual steps build to create this cool skull drawing!
 

Step 1

Step 1: How to Draw a Skull

Draw the upper half of a half-circle.

Step 2

Step 2: How to Draw a Skull

Add 2 lines, 1 inside each side of the circle. Start the lines inside the circle and gently curve them outside the circle.

Step 3

Step 3: How to Draw a Skull

Continuing on these 2 lines, draw 2 lines (1 on each side) bringing the angle of the lines down and slightly inwards. These lines will form the cheekbones of the skull.

Step 4

Step 4: How to Draw a Skull

Finish rounding out the cheekbones by bringing the lines back in towards the center and then down.

Step 5

Step 5: How to Draw a Skull

Now you'll draw the lines that will become the sides of the mouth. Continue the 2 lines from Step 4 a bit further downwards.

Step 6

Step 6: How to Draw a Skull

Connect the 2 lines with a very slight u-shaped line. This line will become the bottom line of the teeth.

Step 7

Step 7: How to Draw a Skull

Just above the line you just drew, draw another gently sloping line that runs parallel to it. This line will be the middle of the teeth.

Step 8

Step 8: How to Draw a Skull

Just above the line you just drew, draw 1 more gently sloping parallel line. This line will be the top of the teeth.

Step 9

Step 9: How to Draw a Skull

Draw several lines that go up and down to form the teeth. Now your skull is smiling!

Step 10

Step 10: How to Draw a Skull

Go back to the cheekbones. Below the cheekbones, next to the mouth, draw 2 lines (1 on each side) going downwards. This will form the jaw.

Step 11

Step 11: How to Draw a Skull

Connect those 2 lines with a gently sloping u-shaped line that runs parallel to the teeth. Now your skull has a jaw! Almost done!

Step 12

Step 12: How to Draw a Skull

Above the teeth, draw 2 nostrils in between the cheekbones.

Step 13

Step 13: How to Draw a Skull

Above the nostrils, draw 2 eyes. Congrats, you've just draw a funky skull!

skull animation

Pencil Drawing of a Skull

Here is an animation showing all the steps to create this skull.

 

 

 

 

Day of the Dead Skull Art

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 A Skull and try your hand at a few more funky skulls.

This skull design that you just learned was the one used to create the skull on the right. This gives you an idea of how you can add a bunch of colors and patterns to your skull to make it really come alive!

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!

Check out these Sugar Skull Coloring Pages, a funky ebook 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 is now available in a 2015 wall calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing, so you can enjoy her 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 order now to secure a copy!

Sugar Skulls 2015 calendar by Thaneeya
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Draw Groovy, a fun new step-by-step drawing book by Thaneeya McArdle, to be published by F+W Media

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