How To Draw A Flaming Skull

Skull Photo - Study It Awhile

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Drawing A Flaming Skull

Skulls, the popular emblem of the pirate or a great tattoo design entwined with tribal swirls and frilly design elements.

This is a hub page simply on how to draw a flaming skull, simple enough right?

When drawing a skull for the first time you may have to study a reference photo of a skull to make your drawing look correct and in keeping with the many variations of a piece of skull art, so that's what I have provided to the right==>

Skull Drawing Variations

A flaming skull drawing concept.
A flaming skull drawing concept.
A Line Drawing of a flaming skull, just to see what could work from a different angle.
A Line Drawing of a flaming skull, just to see what could work from a different angle.

The Importance Of Draft Sketches

To see if your ideas and sketches could work it is best to sketch them out quickly so that you can save time on a final version of your intended idea, sketching a few skulls out on a piece of paper with no regard for precise drawings you can create some top ideas if you draw quick.

Draft sketches let you design or draw something to find the perfect angle or design so that you don't have to go back and draw your artwork again, planning like this should come natural once you draw often.

Quick sketches really help you become a faster artist at coming up with new ideas and it's a form of brainstorming that exercises your mind in a creative way.

So always sketch things out and take as much time as you like to find the right design, you'll find that using this method you save on wasted time working on a drawing if you had not planned with quick sketches.

See some examples below.

Draughting And Sketching Flaming Skull Ideas

A few sketches of flaming skulls to exercise the mind.
A few sketches of flaming skulls to exercise the mind.

Drafting A Skull Sketch

The first sketch is a basic one, one that serves as a template.
The first sketch is a basic one, one that serves as a template.

Simple Step 1: Find Your Skull Face

Finding your skull face is just a term for loosely sketching out your design, finding your position of the skull and deciding on what it could look like.

I'll often do little sketches on one sheet of A4 size paper(See above!) to get a feel for the design that I want, although what often happens is I come up with lots of variations that will look good also for separate skull designs, so I concentrate on one first and work on that one until I see it through, only then do I go back and finish the others.

After this little exercise you should know which little skull sketch you want to develop in some way.

Developing The Draft Sketch

The second stage of developing your skull is working out the features.
The second stage of developing your skull is working out the features.

Simple Step 2: Developing The Skull Drawing

 When it comes to developing your skull sketch drawing you have to work the lines more to see if you can push the drawing beyond your initial draft sketch to see what else you could add.

Often I work in bright daylight for best results, as I can see little imperfections on the paper and it's these that I tend to try to follow to see where the drawing will lead me and add something to the sketch.

Clarifying Your Skull Drawing

Adding light and dark elements such as shading works well for this step.
Adding light and dark elements such as shading works well for this step.

Simple Step 3: Finalizing Your Skull Design

Arriving at the conclusion of a drawing there is no turning back and so the path is forward on your skull drawing, seeing the elements that you planned from the beginning come together is a good feeling, because quite often as an artist there are many throw away drawings and concepts that don't make it to the final design.

 

See a 5 part video series on drawing a flaming skull from scratch below!

Drawing a Flaming Skull Part 1 Video

Drawing A Flaming Skull Part 2 Video

Drawing A Flaming Skull Part 3 Video

How To Draw A Flaming Skull Part 4 Video

Draw A Flaming Skull Part 5 Video

How To Draw A Flaming Skull In Depth Step By Step Tutorial

Here, I've prepared a step by step photo drawing tutorial for sketching a flaming skull in depth with some steps you can follow along and draw a flaming skull. Click each image to show a larger photo of each step.

How To Draw A Flaming Skull Step By Step

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Draw a rough oval shape for the skullNow draw in the eye sockets and the scalpSketch in the cheek bones and the top teethMark in the nose holes and darken the outline of the teethLoosely sketch in the bottom teethDraw in the bottom teeth and lower jawDraw some detailed lines for extra visual appealStart to draw the flamesSketch random flames around the skull headI darked under the eyes slightlyI added my signature
Draw a rough oval shape for the skull
Draw a rough oval shape for the skull
Now draw in the eye sockets and the scalp
Now draw in the eye sockets and the scalp
Sketch in the cheek bones and the top teeth
Sketch in the cheek bones and the top teeth
Mark in the nose holes and darken the outline of the teeth
Mark in the nose holes and darken the outline of the teeth
Loosely sketch in the bottom teeth
Loosely sketch in the bottom teeth
Draw in the bottom teeth and lower jaw
Draw in the bottom teeth and lower jaw
Draw some detailed lines for extra visual appeal
Draw some detailed lines for extra visual appeal
Start to draw the flames
Start to draw the flames
Sketch random flames around the skull head
Sketch random flames around the skull head
I darked under the eyes slightly
I darked under the eyes slightly
I added my signature
I added my signature

Flaming Skull Poll

A Flaming Skull For What

  • A Tattoo
  • A Drawing
  • An Album Cover
  • A Comic Book Cover
  • House Decoration
  • Your Grannies Brand New Table
See results without voting

Update On Drawing A Skull On Fire

This is a more recent drawing video with me drawing a Skull on fire in pencil. My art style has improved vastly from the videos above and I think that it adds a little bit more depth to this drawing exploration about drawing a flaming skull.

Bonus Drawing Video Skull On Fire Drawing

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Comments On The Art Of Skull Drawing 47 comments

hayden 3 years ago

that was an amazing skull. it is too good for words.:) :) :) :) :)


freak123 4 years ago

awesome

this helped a lot!!!!!


pluto93 4 years ago

awesome drawings man cant wait to see more im goin to put a few of your skulls on my body i love skulls cant get enough of them


bj 4 years ago

thanks i guess this could help but maybe you could do a flaming skull with guns now that would be awesome.


arshadverka 5 years ago

fantastic


vanessa 5 years ago

its ite


Princess 5 years ago

These skulls r awesome. Im a huge skull fan


Zrock 5 years ago

this drawing is good because I draled a picture luke that


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lil momma 2008 6 years ago

Sweet skulls, I am a skull fan! I love skulls!!! Beautiful man.

keep up your good hubbing =D


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now.... Much Appreciated!


raina 6 years ago

thx for the help dude keep em comin i love drawing!!!


very good bro 6 years ago

Nice im working on an art project for school now!! This really helped me!! Keep e'm comin'!!!!


assasian 6 years ago

omg this stink


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now NOU!

I do have more drawing tutorials planned and some ones that will be very detailed that they will be paid for resources.


Non-offensiveUser 6 years ago

This is a great hub. The videos are great help in seeing how the skull formed and completed. They do what a series of pictures and instructions can't. Great job!


jessie 6 years ago

thank you.U draw skulls so good. thank u so much for every thing


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I've been drawing all my life and I remember drawing skulls quite averagely, but I practiced and got better at drawing them in my own style!

Cheers now Jessie!


jessie  6 years ago

waynet how long did it take u do draw a skull like your the best draer of skulls? rember i love skulls


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers dude!


jd555 6 years ago

dude your drawings are awesome!!!!!!!!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks there Tim14!

Flaming skulls are the things of dreams!


Tim14 6 years ago

Very impressive!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Jolly good!

I saw a flying skull the other day...


Jessie 6 years ago

back at u waynet i love skulls more than ever thing!!!!!!!!!!


Jessie 6 years ago

IT IS A BIT TO HARD TO DO AND IT IS HARD TO KEEP DRAWING SO I THINK IT IS NOT TO BAD


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Jessie!

I like skulls too, they are easy to draw!


Jessie 6 years ago

I love it so much because I love skulls so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks Dacnomania and Reaperfan

There will be more guides on the way soon, because I've been a bit side tracked with my other businesses to get on with them, but some of them are nearly complete, so watch out for them!


ReaperFan 6 years ago

ur drawings of skulls are the best ive ever seen,they're amazing, i hope you keep showing everyone how to draw more.XD


Dacnomania 6 years ago

Your drawings are great, Waynet .

I am starting to draw, I find your guides helpful .


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yes art for the masses!


logan 6 years ago

one cool thing about art.. you don't have to draw things like they look (teeth can look different and you can draw flames however you want) if that's his style of drawing, let him do it


aNg3l!N@ 6 years ago

dis shyt was kinda hawt, i lyked it tho


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

This is not the defintive guide on drawing a flaming skull as you have pointed out with your comment, so lighten up, because I'm happy with just drawing stuff like this!


Sam 7 years ago

you could forego this entire guide and just say "draw a skull from reference and change the structure of the eye sockets to look angry."

Also, there is more than one type of tooth in your average skull. incisors look more menacing and i don't know how you could miss them. Flames don't generally tend to lick downwards either, and centering them around the shape of the head does nothing to make it look like they're emanating from it.


john 7 years ago

leave him alone linda. he can do what he wants. don't criticize him.


royal 7 years ago

good drawings I love them


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Jennifercingylinda(all rolled into one!)

Drawing is ace when you can draw, because you can choose what you want to draw and when you find that way of drawing that you like, you can draw that thing much more often by drawing it more than once, even on Sundays when Sunday schools a joke to all concerned, drawing Jesus is no fun as he was a simple figment of peoples imaginations...demons and dark evil exists and so they should be acknowledged with drawings that reflect their inner struggle of failing humanity that is very admirable indeed!

Good day haha!


linda 7 years ago

man!!! you need to stop drawing stuff like this...it is ugly and eveil...like really your like an adult and ur drawing little kid stuff????????haha


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

By lots of practice and drawing on the toilet!


nicole Dean 7 years ago

so how can u draw something like that


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

cheers now...and there's more where that came from coming soon!


JoBroLover1 7 years ago

i luv, luv, luv your art work almost as much as i luv Nick Jonas. it is so detailed and awesome and it's awesome and easy to draw from, thank you!


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I'll have to simplify it for simple minds and clarify it for the hard to see...cheers for that unverified comment CC!


CC 7 years ago

Way too complicated and u can hardly see wtf they're doing.Sorry


sam 7 years ago

that is a good drawing of that skull

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