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Drawing Skulls: How To Draw A Skull

Updated on July 6, 2014

Drawing The Skull

Skulls are great to draw, as I have often drawn many skulls and they are fun to draw as well as useful in many fantasy settings. They can be used as a focus in tattoos and many other design elements in creature and character drawings and so drawing skulls is something that I have experience with and it is a favourite thing of mine to draw.

The Skull

The human skull is made up of bones that form the shape of the skull and the most prominent bones are the cheek bones, which you can increase the largeness of them to exxaggerate the features somewhat if you want to create a creature skull, but today we shall concentrate on the Human Skull.

Here is a drawing of a skull I did awhile ago, and it is one that looks almost realistic or as realistic as it can get with my comic book style.

Also see how to draw a pirate skull, which is fun to learn to draw if you like pirates. A pirate skull has to include a few design elements like a pirates bandana and a pirate dagger and even that classic eye patch.

Skull Art Drawing

How to draw skulls. Artwork Copyright Wayne Tully.
How to draw skulls. Artwork Copyright Wayne Tully.

First Skull Draft: A Simple Shape

A simple shape is drawn for the skull head.
A simple shape is drawn for the skull head.

Drawing An Effective Skull

When drawing an effective skull there aresome points that I think help to make your skull drawing good.

First, a realistic approach can often times produce a great looking skull, so a photo or reference could be useful, but not always the case of a realistic looking skull is always needed, as an artist you can practice drawing a skull from a photo and then interpret your skulls as your own and fit them into your own style.

Here I have simply drawn a shape that will be our skull, it is a side profile of a skull head and will be the skulls design that I have chosen. You can draw your skulls however you want.

Adding A Few Details On Your Skull Drawing

The eyes and the mouth are deined as are small details like the cheekbones of your skull.
The eyes and the mouth are deined as are small details like the cheekbones of your skull.

Working On Your Skull Drawing

When you are trying to develop your skull drawing it is a good idea to still be open to new ways of drawing and sketching even at this stage, things and ideas could change within your own mind, depending on what lines you decide to draw.

Here I have drawn the eyes and the mouth as well as working out the cheekbones, I will define these more later..

Skull Looking More Like A Skull

The whole of the skull design has been defined now by adding the teeth and a jaw line as well as the nose holes and the eyes.
The whole of the skull design has been defined now by adding the teeth and a jaw line as well as the nose holes and the eyes.

Adding The Skull Details

 By adding the recognizable features of a skull now, you are making your drawing resemble a skull which is obviously the right way to go.

The cheekbones are defined as are the teeth and the skull nose, drawing skulls is easy when you see it done!

Add A Little Bit Of Shade To Your Skull Drawing

Just darken your pencil lines a bit to add shadow to the mouth and under the eyes of the skull.
Just darken your pencil lines a bit to add shadow to the mouth and under the eyes of the skull.

Drawing Extra Detail On Your Skull Head Drawing

 Here I add extra details like bones lines and a bit of shadow  to the mouth area and under the eyes, this all helps to put your skull design down as a near permanent more skull like drawing.

All the lines that have been sketched in all contribute to the overall drawing to make it look like a skull.

Ink Your Skull

Adding ink is the final touch to your skull head drawing.
Adding ink is the final touch to your skull head drawing.

My Usual Inking Final Drawing Tip

I always seem to ink my drawings, maybe to make them more finished.

Anyway this step is optional, you can ink them with any black fine liner or black ink and it just gives it a real permanence to your skull drawing or any drawing for that matter.

Try drawing skulls today, anyway you can....

Also check out - Drawing Skull And Crossbones for a pirate inspired skull image to draw.

See what I came up with below from the little skull exercise we went through today!

See The Skull Art

Skull art influenced by the skull drawing tutorial above.  All artwork copyright Wayne Tully 2009.
Skull art influenced by the skull drawing tutorial above. All artwork copyright Wayne Tully 2009.

Draw A Skull With A Gas Mask

Drawing a Skull wearing a gas mask was an idea I have had for quite some time and I needed to have a little more insight and research done on drawing gas mask, but I thought I'd have a go anyway and this pencil drawing of the skull wearing the gas mask turned out quite well actually. Check out the drawing video below!


How To Draw A Skull With Gas Mask

Skull Drawing - How To Draw Skulls

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      cheers now....

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      manga girl 

      6 years ago

      hmmmmm... crap!

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      skuller 

      6 years ago

      LoL My is like a little bit weard !

      I like to draw skulls and this one is one

      of the bestest skull i tried to draw

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      phaetus 

      7 years ago

      amazing

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      Андрей 

      7 years ago

      ???????!

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      ashlee  

      7 years ago

      im only 17 but most people say im a good drawer but i could never master a good skull but it was easy after i saw your sight and learned how

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      matt 

      7 years ago

      this rocks everything i said was a lie

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      rudy 

      7 years ago

      got to get my skull drawing down!

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      bobby 

      7 years ago

      itd not that hard once you've got the out line and the eyes XD

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      bobby 

      7 years ago

      thnx

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      JD 

      7 years ago

      Daveboy, art is something everyone has a different view on. Art is very broad and open in what you can concider "art". Not everyone attends school and is as persistent. Art is art. No matter how good or bad.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Lol!

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      Daveyboy Tats 

      8 years ago

      right where do i start...I have studied, trained, practiced, and worked hard till my fingers bled, my eyes lost focus and my fingers cramped. i have paid dues in an industry that does not take these things lightly. i have accomplished in my short time here on this planet respect from my peers, a desire to always do better, and a work ethic second to none.

      i hold art dear to my heart, it is my obsession, my love my craft.

      i have sacrificed everything to be free to create.

      I can tell you this:

      Art is a craft, we may be blessed with some sort of creativity, but art is a learned skill, with rules, etc.

      it takes years of hard work and practice to become even competant on srtistic levels.

      i am a teacher and a tattooer.

      I will be in England shortly, and would love the opportunity to sort you out in person, you fucking ignoramus.

      You are a retard.

      Stop what you are doing.

      your "drawings" are painful to look at.

      They are not art.

      There is nothing artistic about them.

      This is not an opinion.

      This is fact.

      You have no sense of perpestcive, contrast, composition or design. Your linework is shoddy at best, and your sense of shading no better than that of a bassett hound I grew up with when I was a child.

      Seriously, are you even using reference material, you fucking moron!!!

      Please, for the sake of us actually doing something with our lives, will you please crawl under a rock and fucking die.

      I think you may be down syndrome, in which case I apologise for the mean attitude, but if you're not, WTF?

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      No thanks! I am creating some how to's of my own, so....cheers for your bad advice!

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      Kane 

      8 years ago

      I would have to agree with Mommy... these are pretty bad.. I am sorry, but maybe you should read more How To's before you try to make one... although, i am curious as to how the "realistic" skulls will look!

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      joey 

      8 years ago

      wow good job !!!!!!

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      simbad 

      8 years ago

      i really amzed my matres by draing that myself

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      caca007 

      8 years ago

      this is sick WTF

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      mark 

      8 years ago

      nice but hard

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now CT!

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      cavetroll 

      8 years ago

      Awesome work! Great step by step! Great hub!

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      Suki 

      8 years ago

      Nice!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      cheers!

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      Kaden 

      8 years ago

      wow! amazing

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      alex1927 

      8 years ago

      nice drawing

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      TOBIAS 

      8 years ago

      NICE DRAWING!!1

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      john34 

      8 years ago

      cool

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Mega1!

      I like skulls as tattoos, they are just cool and can have infinite variations!!!

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      mega1 

      9 years ago

      You know those Mexican Day of the Dead skull art things - from sugar molds to elaborate paper cut-outs? They have skeletons riding horses, dueling, dancing, etc. Make great tattoos too! Skulls are also a great foundation for portraiture to get a person's facial proportions just right. You're a good artist!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Ok...cheers I think!!

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      You're Mommy 

      9 years ago

      Yay!!!!! Ive found the secret to drawing jailhouse skull's...wooohooo a must have for anyone looking to draw an amazing skull...lol...this reference is terrible.

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      JoBroLover1 

      9 years ago

      best lesson ever!

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      mwaky 

      9 years ago

      cool drawings

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers C.S Alexis!

      I may at some point do another skull drawing tutorial that clears up the skull image so that it faces forward and maybe drawing a more realistic skull.

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      C.S.Alexis 

      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Nice and I will bookmark this for later reference when I need a start on drawing my own skulls. I had a bit of a problem with it last fall when I just could not seem to get the image I wanted. Skulls are not my usual. I needed this lesson then so now I have it on hold. Thanks again!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      RE: WTF???????????

      Yeah!!!!!

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      ?????????? 

      9 years ago

      WTF???????????

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Guys! I love drawing skulls in tattoos and other funky ways, so cheers!!

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      katyzzz 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow, I'm impressed, I too love skulls, they provide the structure which houses our very expression as a person and human being.  Criminals and evil doers excepted.  You did it so well.  Even made it look easy, except for the last party trick.

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      quicksand 

      9 years ago

      What comes to my mind is the skull on a pirate flag. No detail at all, just the outline and an indication of where the eye sockets should be, that's all. Easiest to draw too!

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