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Uploaded: April 18, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: June 20, 2009
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Everyone likes pirate ships and pirates right? Well because I like pirates too I decided to do a lesson on how to draw Jolly Roger skull and cutlasses step by step. Does anyone know what the phrase “Jolly Roger” means anyway? For me, I didn’t know if that was the name of a person or a ship or what. After some research I came up with some kind of answer to the age old question. The name “Jolly Roger” comes from the word joli rouge which means “pretty red”. The word was derived from the French and it was used to describe the bloody banners or flags that were used by the early pirates of our history. Pirates used these flags to provoke and cause fear, and terror, of their future victims that they were to prey on. The Jolly Rogers were made from a combination of skeletons, bleeding hearts, daggers, swords, and colored backgrounds like white, red and black. The flag that we are going to learn how to draw today belonged to the famous Jack Rackham or “Calico Jack” and it was only because of the design of his flag that he became so famous. That and the fact that he had two very well known female pirates at his employ that went by the names of Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The reason why I chose to do this particular pirate flag design is because it is the most popular. Not only will you learn how to draw the Jolly Roger design, you will also learn how to draw cutlasses as well. A cutlass is a sword commonly used by pirates back in the days when the waters had been flooded with nothing but piracy. Learning how to draw Jolly Roger skull and cutlasses step by step will provide you will a skill that you can carry with your for as long as you want it. I hope you have fun and I will be back with one more lesson so stay tuned.

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how to draw jolly roger skull and cutlasses

How to Draw Jolly Roger Skull and Cutlasses

how to draw jolly roger skull and cutlasses step 1

STEP 1.

Okay like any other skull you ever learned how to draw in the past; you will start this step the same way. First draw a circle shape for the skulls head shape and then add facial guidelines. Draw the guidelines next for the cutlasses as you see then drawn out here.
 
how to draw jolly roger skull and cutlasses step 2

STEP 2.

In this second step you will start drawing out the shape of the skulls bony face as you see it done for you here. Start with the wavy line for the bandana that is commonly seen on the heads of pirates, and then draw out the shape of one skull eye. When you draw out the shape of the skulls structure make sure the cheeks come out to be prominent.
 
how to draw jolly roger skull and cutlasses step 3

STEP 3.

This is the part when you start drawing out the blades of the cutlasses. Once that is done add some definition to the outline of the bandana. Draw out the eye patch as well as detail and define the eyebrow bone structure.
 
how to draw jolly roger skull and cutlasses step 4

STEP 4.

Draw out more shape and detail to the cutlasses as you see them here. You will then draw out the beginning shapes of the bottom part of the two pirate swords as you see it done for you here. Move to the next step.
 
how to draw jolly roger skull and cutlasses step 5

STEP 5.

Now that you have reached your last drawing step you will start sketching out the detailing definition to the bandana like wrinkles and slight folds. You will then sketch out the style of the nose and then begin drawing out the skeletal teeth. Next, draw the handles of the cutlasses until they look like the ones you see in this step.
 
how to draw jolly roger skull and cutlasses step 6

STEP 6.

Now that you have reached the end you should now start erasing all the guidelines and shapes to clean up the sketched drawing. You can color it in now and then you have just learned how to draw Jolly Roger skull and cutlasses step by step.