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how to draw skulls

Learn how to create your own skull drawings!

Drawing skulls is easy, once you know how. On this site I'll show you how to draw 9 different skulls. You can pick the one that strikes you the most, or you can try them all!

Learn how to draw this skull!Sketch your skulls with a pencil first, so that you can erase any mistakes. Then if you want, color them in with markers, crayons or colored pencils! You can even paint your skulls if you choose.

This drawing lesson will show you all the steps to create the skull on the left. This skull is fairly easy to draw, because it only requires 8 simple steps. Watch the animation on the left to see how easy it is!

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 Drawings
Skull Drawing Lesson #3

How to Draw a Pencil Drawing of a Skull

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: Skull Drawings

Draw a circle that is rather flat along the bottom - almost looking "squashed".

Step 2

Step 2: Skull Drawings

At the bottom of the circle, start inside of the circle on one side and draw a graceful u-shape that dips down and comes back up inside the circle on the other side. This will be the outline for the teeth.

Step 3

Step 3: Skull Drawings

In between the bottom of the circle and the line you just drew in Step 2, draw a parallel line. This will be the middle of the teeth.

Step 4

Step 4: Skull Drawings

Draw lines up and down for the teeth.

Step 5

Step 5: Skull Drawings

Next to the mouth, draw 2 lines (1 on each side) that run parallel to the mouth.

Step 6

Step 6: Skull Drawings

Draw a line connecting the 2 lines you just drew in Step 5. This line should run parallel to the mouth to form the jaw.

Step 7

Step 7: Skull Drawings

Above the teeth, draw 2 raindrop shapes for nostrils.

Step 8

Step 8: Skull Drawings

Draw 2 eyes. Now you're done!

skull drawing animation

Learn how to draw this skull!

Check out this animation to see all the steps to create this cute smiling skull.


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 my Sugar Skull Coloring Pages, a printable ebook containing 21 original 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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learn how to make real sugar skulls

As finishing your skull drawings, you can visit my website dedicated to the Day of the Dead and learn how to make real sugar skulls!

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

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