How To Draw Skulls

How to draw skulls became recently almost a ”must know skill” because of the extreme popularity of the theme during the past few years.

A skull, that dark and somewhat weird theme which is associated mainly with death is now regularly appearing in fashion or accessories. It is printed on T-shirts and women’s stockings.

Whatever the reason for such popularity might be it doesn’t need to be ignored or to pretend that it does not exists.

A lot of us want to avoid drawing skulls because of its morbid character…but, come on, let’s take a bit different look at the whole thing.

Skull represents us, humans. I have a skull and you have yours too. Everyone has one, so why don’t we just make a simple pencil drawing of a skull?

I made this quick drawing in order to show you a simplified version of human skull.

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Click on the above image to enlarge it. Before you start to draw, I would like you to observe first carefully the total shape enlarged, eye openings and their shape. They are not round but rather irregularly prolonged like a deformed egg. The openings are not just complete black holes.

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Draw a simple outline of the skull first. On the above picture I already corrected some excessive pencil lines. Whatever shape is OK on the first try, it doesn’t need to resemble to my drawing at all.

If you learn how to draw skulls the very first time, outline the entire shape by tilted loose hold pencil, the strokes would be more accurate and you will probably capture almost the perfect shape on the first try. This method works.

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Start to shade the top of the head and the eye openings. Slightly shade those parts, which will be darkened later in order to crate a preliminary plasticity and gradation.

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Lets start to gradually darken the eye and nasal (nose) openings. These three holes will probably be of the darkest tone on the skull drawing. Slightly outline the teeth too.

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Every time, if you feel some difficulty, observe the final drawing and simply copy what you see. It is important to always watch the direction of the pencil strokes.

Especially the longer pencil strokes because they often determine the final shaping of the object, whether it is round or square, etc.

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Notice that the teeth are not white. It is good to put only a weak shade on the teeth. Very gently darken the face of the teeth so that your drawing will look more natural and realistic. Finally, outline the whole skull with a stronger pencil in order to stand out on the white paper.


See these colorful skull drawings and paintings from my friend Thaneeya. They are absolutely fantastic and spectacular. I bet you’ve never seen anything like this before.

Learn how to draw and paint with Thaneeya!

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I think that it is really hard to draw a skull it must take years to master how to draw a skull. I think it was kinda helpful but it was really hard.

wow awesome .but its not yet clear for me

WOW i didn´t think that skull drawing was so easy ! :D

i am going to show my friends

I think that its really good so plz show us 2 draw a neanderthal skull thx

LOVE LOVE LOVE your website and positive life philosophy!! CHEERS :D

Oh my god !! Ur such a great drawer , and a brilliant inspiration to me , love ur website

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i think its cool i can draw some stuf like that too but not a skull ime inpresst.

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good job!!!

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I think this page is great inspiration!!!!!

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love it 
I thik the skull is very detailed and very good I like how it was faded in some parts to :)

love this website

Really good,but a little bit tricky to draw with all the shading.still love the website!!xx

I love drawing skulls... MWAHAHHAHAA!!!

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I think this website is supportive about stuff. It helps me find what i need to know and i think it is a very good website .... JUS PLAYIN


I just drew my own skull by copying one of the pictures on here and it is suprisingly good seeing as i only really draw landscapes!!!

demon skull 
it's awsome but you should add some datils like flames

cool gurls;) 
i think those skull pics are HOT i wish i could draw them but i cant draw lol;)

i love it mine came out really awesome!!! i thnk dey should make more details and try it w/ colors! jst sayin!!(:

your amazing i wish i could draw like you p.s. i am 12.

Cool flames 123 
It is so awesome I like it

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how can I create a good sketch.. What are the essential things used ???

It is a perfect drawing

It's okay 
Good instructions yet not proportionate and doesn't have much depth. It's a good sketch but not realistic.

this is cool

I adore this website, it's really helpful and amazing, But I'm wondering if there's Pencil drawing, because I don't use any drawing program like "Photoshop".but …

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i hate this website just kidding love ya bye

the skull 
okay first you did not tell me how to start the sketch off like how to begin the drawing so i messed up alot so my picture looks like crap. maye you should …

taking the next step 
i think drawing a skull is very simple so people should try drawing a skull with wings

Nice skull, but... 
Can you draw a skull this is facing 45 degrees to the left or right that is showing the profile of the maxilla and the bones protruding around the eyes? …

I made one on my White T-shirts and everyone liked it and I told them about your site they all loved it too

well i think that was alright but i can do better! i just drawed a skull and it was better than yours! GO ONE DIRCTION

my opinion 
i dont particularly like this drawing because it is not detail and its just a simple drawing of a skull obveously it could have been better. it was not …

Not all that of directions ): 
Really, it doesn't look like directions!!!!!

A Little Easier 
Is there an easier way to draw a skull? If there is there is it would be great if you posted it to this wall. It would help me a lot. Thank …

Nice Drawing 
I like this drawing.

I'm 13 years old, and on my first try i've managed to ace the drawing, you make it so easy to follow.

Really good 
I've just drawn the skull picture and it turned out extremely professional. and as Im still very young my art gallery will be complete with this sinical …

This is so fantastic. I've never had the confidence to draw, but you made it so easy. My first attempt is better than I expected. I'm going to keep trying, …

i think the people are great at drawing

very useful, every time i tried to draw a skull , uber fail, but this looks like a very good beggining thank you a lot

its actualy cool. I got a 6a in art for doing that.

you have a special gift.

im in awe 
this picture is inspirational u have a talent n im shocked cause the best drawings i have are skulls but they are a tattoo sort of design

That's the way I've always do it but urs Is better man u can draw ur but off

connie jessicahh 
can you post a link to your friends skulls please i am curious as to how good they are thanks and followed the steps and my drawing turned out goood , …

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too hard 
all of the pictures are hard to follow and need to be moer simple!!!!!!! sorry! :(

great i tried it and it was very good thanks

wow that really helped me thank you now i've got a present for my dad

madeline corrie and cool picks 
wow i love this and it was so easy and i loved it so muck and i am going to show all of my friennds and well i have to go ttyl luv yu

it's good but people also want to learn to draw human faces (you know the one's with SKIN) i like this but if someone could put a face with skin on this …

that is so easy my friends even said that mine looked better than this one hahahahahhahhahaha

im a goth 
this is like so awesome i am like so printing this

Thats really cool. AWSOME!!!

Thanks a lot! I'm good at drawing architectural things like buildings and such but not so good with proportions as far as physics of humans and animals. …

That's actually awesome! You're a real artist.

aaawwweeesssooommmeeee except the shading

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