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How To Draw The Punisher Skull Step By Step Video Tutorial

Updated on June 19, 2013

There are many versions of The Punisher's skull that have shown up over the years since the character's creation back in 1974. Writer Gerry Conway's original skull design was only a small insignia, but co-creator/artist John Romita Sr. took the idea and enlarged it to cover most of the characters torso.

Many older (and recent) designs -- in the comics, movies, and merchandise -- portray the character with a medium-sized, stylized skull on a black t-shirt with no relation to the musculature of the wearer. I've never liked that design. My personal favorite goes back to when Jim Lee was working on Punisher War Journal and had the skull follow the contours of the characters muscular chest, rib cage, and abdominals.

That's the way I like it.

Watch the video to see exactly what I'm talking about, and then follow along with the step-by-step drawings below.

Step 1

Draw the top of the skull across the top edge of the characters chest/clavicle.

Step 2

Draw the sides of the skull along the outer edge of the pecs.

Step 3

Draw in the cheek bones right where the rib cage meets the lower chest.

Step 4

Draw the outside edge of the teeth where the abs and obliques meet, and then cut across the waistline to finish off the skull's outline.

Step 5

Draw in the eye sockets along the bottom edge of the chest. Squinty triangular shapes work well. Some artists, like Mike Zeck in the original mini-series, used to make large, rounded eye sockets. Try it and see how you like it.

Me?

Hated it.

Step 6

Two little triangles with parallel inner edges make the nose holes (I know, I did mine too quickly...so they're not quite parallel).

Add in 3 vertical lines to make 4 teeth. Romita's original had more teeth, but 4 has been the standard for years.

As a finishing touch when drawing the full figure, you can also turn the teeth into a bandoleer to hold ammo/cartridges.

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So that's it. Pretty simple, huh? If you're new to drawing The Punisher's skull and are having a hard time making it look the way you want...relax. I've drawn hundreds of them. Just keep practicing and you'll get it in no time.

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