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How To Draw Skull And Crossbones

Updated on February 19, 2012

Draw Skull And Crossbones

Drawing skull and cross bones is another fun pirate type of design and has been done to death and I thought I'd create a drawing tutorial on how to draw a skull and cross bones image in a series of step by step drawing instructions.

It's nothing too heavy to draw and you just practice to draw a skull and cross bones image based on this little inspiring drawing tutorial.

I like drawing skulls in all their forms and his was a fun drawing for me, as it wasn't overly detailed, just right to show you a quick skull drawing lesson of inspiration.

How To Draw A Skull And Crossbones Drawing Tutorial

How to draw a skull and cross bones a classic skull image to draw.
How to draw a skull and cross bones a classic skull image to draw.

Draw Skull And Crossbones Part One - Basic Line Sketch

Basic line sketch of our skull and cross bones drawing.
Basic line sketch of our skull and cross bones drawing.

Skull And Crossbones Drawing Draft

 The skull and cross bones have been sketched in draft and all is needed at the very start is the oval shape for the head which is of course the skull and then as you can see, the crossed lines represent the two skeleton bones corss, hence the skull and crossbones tagline.

I drew this drawing tutorial all the steps with a 2B pencil and this is far better than what I tried to do previously with other tutorials and so I'll update the others quite soon by re-drawing them and scanning them in.

All basic drawings like this, is the foundation of the end result and thinking in simple terms makes sense so as not to committ to a final image until it has been worked out on paper first.

How To Draw Skull And Crossbones Part Two - Developing The Skull Sketch

Drawing a skull and crossbones development sketch, shaping the skull and the bones.
Drawing a skull and crossbones development sketch, shaping the skull and the bones.

Draw A Skull And Crossbones

 Refining the skull and the bones is simple here as all I have done is add to the simplicity of the design. I've kept the oval skull head shape th same and drawn some skull eyes which are on purpose drawn round to give it a cartoon feel, but you can do whatever you like really.

And then for the bones I have just drawn them with simple round shapes on the end to get a feel for the mass and also to make sure the cross looks almost symmetrical so it balances the skull and cross bones design.

Each stage of your drawing should progress the design and it should look better with every step you take.

Drawing A Skull And Crossbones Part Three - Adding Some Basic Details

Drawing a skull and crossbones. Creating skull features and details.
Drawing a skull and crossbones. Creating skull features and details.

Draw A Skull And Cross Bones

The main skull features have been added in now, all be it roughly and you can see a skull and cross bones image coming through quite nicely, although it looks quite cartoony, this is just to give you a fun way of drawing a skull and cross bones as I didn't want to over complicate it with a huge amount of detail like most of my other drawings.

Notice now the bones have been drawn to look like bones with the joint ends sitting against the each other almost like it's trying to prop up the skull somehow.

The cheek bones aren't right, but I'll fix that in the next drawing...(mistakes happen deal with them!)

How To Draw Skull And Crossbones Part Four - Darken The Pencil Lines With A 5B Pencil

How to draw a skull and cross bones. Finishing off the dark pencil work on the skull and cross bones.
How to draw a skull and cross bones. Finishing off the dark pencil work on the skull and cross bones.

Draw A Skull and Crossbones

The final pencil drawing of the skull and crossbones image sees the drawing looking more defined and even more cartoony, with the cheekbones sorted out as one was bigger then the other I've sorted that out by using my trusty lightbox again and matching the cheekbones up to each.

It's not a perfect skull and cross bones, but it's something to inspire and get you started drawing the many skulls and shapes that could include a skull design in your own art.

You may find these two hubpages quite useful -

How to draw a flaming skull

How to draw a skull

Wayne Tully is currently still working on his website which features drawing inspirations with drawing video tutorials which you can watch and learn to draw fantasy art here

How To Draw Skull And Crossbones

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      dylan 4 years ago

      this is had

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      AvrilLavign123 5 years ago

      Thanks that is so cool

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      Wayne Tully 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks...much appreciated!

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      Alejandro Mary joy 5 years ago

      It's nice it's so very beautiful I'm. So very proud of you.

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      angeline mc'guire 6 years ago

      bad dis is not d way 2 teach

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      edmund20 6 years ago from Ghana

      that is fantastic

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      rats  6 years ago

      hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm datz guddddddddd

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      Judokong 6 years ago

      Nice thnkz

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      katelyn 6 years ago

      how are you doing that

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      lol you're

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      your very welcome.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      and thank you for your nice comments!

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      I have been through a number of your drawing tutorials and I appreciate the instruction I have gained. I thank you for making hubs out of them for the education and inspiration of people like myself.

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      Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Well done Waynet, more skulls make's folks realize their mortality, skulls are sweet !!!

      Ben

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      flower101 6 years ago

      this is awesome i used to suck at drawing skulls but now man~its easy than any thing!!!!!

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It is easy Dawn....just start off with simple shapes at first!

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      Dawn Michael 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      awsome, ok I will try this one, you make it look so easy!!

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      6 years ago

      poo on you

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      TheOneWhoKnows 7 years ago from Croatia

      Very cool

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      XxPersiaxX 7 years ago

      LoveeThiss =) x

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      zena albasha  7 years ago

      nicccccccccccccccce

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Love it!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Dobson!

      I've seen some break the steps down into way more parts, but I don't think that's neccesary, all you need to do is break it down into simple steps that can be used a a basis to draw their own stuff.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      More excellent drawing tips and tutorials from you! What a grand job you do at breaking it down so we drawing challenged folks have a prayer.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now hrobert!!

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      heckrobert 7 years ago

      Very nice, I like how you left the tutorial open to have others come up with their own style instead of showing how to draw the skull and crossbones in the very first picture.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

      I've done a dragon drawing tutorial on my blog at waynetully.com and that was a basic one that was created in quite a similar way.....

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This is so kewl! I am insprired to try to draw.

      It never occurred to me that one could start simple and expand in a drawing. Thanks for sharing... getting some pencils and paper this weekend and will be checking out some of your other tutorial type hubs for drawing... looking to be able to draw a dragon in the near future and as I'm not a visual artist I will need all the help I can get.

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      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      Very cool, my son loves this one.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Izzy!

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Love this hub series Waynet! Keep up the good work :)

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there!

      I've got a purate one in draft so it would fit quite nicely with this skull and cross bones drawing tutorial.

      Thanks for the comments guys!

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      Charles Fox 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Being able to draw a skull and cross bones would go well with all the preparations for Hallowe'en. I am sure there will be plenty of pirate outfits and a little extra authenticity never hurt anyone.

      Great resource for future reference.

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Hello waynet I really liked this hub on How To Draw Skull And Crossbones. You have explained in great detail how to actually draw it with marvellous photos.

      Thanks for a great hub and thumbs up

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now....!

      Skulls are ace to draw!