How to Draw a Skull

Recently, I showed you how to draw a skull in profile. This time, I’ll show you the more interesting view, perfect for tattoos and scary illustrations. This view is also very simple, so you don’t need to be a skilled artist to follow this tutorial!

How to Draw a Skull

How to Draw a Skull

A hint before you start: it’s easier to keep the proportions right when you’re drawing small.

1. How to Draw a Base for a Human Skull Drawing

Step 1

Draw a circle. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and feel free to draw it with many lines. Find its center, too.

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Step 2

Draw a line under the circle, using the length of its radius.

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Step 3

Divide this line into three sections.

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Step 4

Draw a square “bucket” under the circle.

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Step 5

Draw two ovals in the bottom third of this line. This will be the chin.

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Step 6

Connect the ovals with the rest of the lines.

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Step 7

Draw two huge leaning ovals in the lower half of the circle.

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Step 8

These ovals are not eye sockets yet—their shape is too simple for this. Let’s fix it. Draw a curve crossing both ovals, leaving some space for the eyebrow area.

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Step 9

Connect this curve with the sides of the skull.

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Step 10

Draw another curve on the bottom, leaving a similar amount of space below.

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Step 11

You can outline the eye sockets now by giving them some space on the sides.

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Step 12

Draw a curve from the corner of the eye socket towards the other socket, going through the chin. This will be the mouth area.

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2. How to Draw Human Skull Details

Step 1

Draw a teardrop shape between the eye sockets, at the bottom of the circle. This will be the nose.

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Step 2

Make the nose more detailed.

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Step 3

Draw a curve across the mouth, through the mark between the first two thirds.

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Step 4

We need to add more details to the mouth. First, define the front of the upper jaw with two curves.

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Step 5

Draw the border of the lower teeth.

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Step 6

Connect the teeth area to the chin.

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Step 7

Draw the border of the upper teeth now.

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Step 8

Finish the borders of the teeth area with these curves.

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Step 9

We need to add the details to the lower jaw, too.

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Step 10

Add the final curves to the skull.

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Step 11

Divide the teeth area into separate teeth.

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3. How to Finish and Shade a Skull

Step 1

Let’s finish the drawing. If you’re drawing traditionally, you can put a new sheet of paper over it, or simply draw with a darker medium now.

Outline the eye sockets.

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Step 2

Outline the nose. Don’t forget about the nasal bridge on top.

How to Draw a Skull

Step 3

Add more detail to the edges of the eye sockets.

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Step 4

Outline the teeth. They’re slightly tapered towards the bone.

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Step 5

Add some details under and over the teeth.

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Step 6

Outline the lower jaw.

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Step 7

Outline the upper part of the skull.

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Step 8

Add more fancy details, if you want to be even more accurate.

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Step 9

You can shade the drawing, if you want. Start by darkening the darkest parts…

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… then cross-hatch the shadow areas.

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Finally, thicken some of the lines to make the effect more interesting.

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Good Job!

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