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
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
Draw a circle. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and feel free to draw it with many lines. Find its center, too.
Draw a line under the circle, using the length of its radius.
Divide this line into three sections.
Draw a square “bucket” under the circle.
Draw two ovals in the bottom third of this line. This will be the chin.
Connect the ovals with the rest of the lines.
Draw two huge leaning ovals in the lower half of the circle.
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.
Connect this curve with the sides of the skull.
Draw another curve on the bottom, leaving a similar amount of space below.
You can outline the eye sockets now by giving them some space on the sides.
Draw a curve from the corner of the eye socket towards the other socket, going through the chin. This will be the mouth area.
2. How to Draw Human Skull Details
Draw a teardrop shape between the eye sockets, at the bottom of the circle. This will be the nose.
Make the nose more detailed.
Draw a curve across the mouth, through the mark between the first two thirds.
We need to add more details to the mouth. First, define the front of the upper jaw with two curves.
Draw the border of the lower teeth.
Connect the teeth area to the chin.
Draw the border of the upper teeth now.
Finish the borders of the teeth area with these curves.
We need to add the details to the lower jaw, too.
Add the final curves to the skull.
Divide the teeth area into separate teeth.
3. How to Finish and Shade a Skull
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.
Outline the nose. Don’t forget about the nasal bridge on top.
Add more detail to the edges of the eye sockets.
Outline the teeth. They’re slightly tapered towards the bone.
Add some details under and over the teeth.
Outline the lower jaw.
Outline the upper part of the skull.
Add more fancy details, if you want to be even more accurate.
You can shade the drawing, if you want. Start by darkening the darkest parts…
… then cross-hatch the shadow areas.
Finally, thicken some of the lines to make the effect more interesting.
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