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skull art: how to draw a skull

Learn how to draw your own skull art!

Drawing skulls is easy, once you know all the steps. This site shows you how to draw 9 different skulls, so you can choose the ones that most suit your personal style!

Learn how to draw this skull!You can use any medium you want to draw these skulls - pencil, pen, markers, or crayons - whatever you've got! If you're just getting the hang of it, you might want to try with a pencil first, so that you can easily erase your mistakes. Then when you're done with the initial 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.

Here's the fun part: 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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Skull Art
Skull Drawing Lesson #4

How to Draw Skull Art

Here is an animation showing the order of all the steps involved in drawing this skull. It might be helpful to watch the animation before you start drawing, so that you can see how the individual steps build to create this funky skull drawing!

Step 1

Step 1: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Draw a circle. It can be a perfectly round circle, or a slightly squashed circle, like the one above.

Step 2

Step 2: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Attached to the bottom of the circle, add 2 short lines (1 on each side).

Step 3

Step 3: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Connect the 2 lines you drew in Step 2 with a gently curving line that runs parallel to the bottom of the circle. This is the skull's jaw!

Step 4

Step 4: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Inside the area you just drew, draw a broad u-shape. This will be the mouth!

Step 5

Step 5: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Inside the mouth, draw a horizontal line in the middle for the teeth.

Step 6

Step 6: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Draw vertical lines to make teeth!

Step 7

Step 7: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Above the teeth, draw 2 raindrop shapes for nostrils.

Step 8

Step 8: Draw Your Own Skull Art

Draw two large eyes. Voila, you've drawn a skull!


Skull Art Animation

Watch this animation if you get stuck along the way.

Skull Art by Thaneeya McArdle

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 is very similar to 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 this Day of the Dead skull art. It is colorful, detailed and fun!

Check out my Sugar Skull Coloring Pages, a printable ebook containing 21 fun 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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