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Uploaded: July 25, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 12
Updated: July 25, 2011
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Since there is a bunch of sketched lessons on this site, I thought I would add one more by showing you guys "how to sketch a skull", step by step. I have been thinking about making a tutorial like this for a while but never really acted on it. I was going to make a skull by using my sketching techniques later in the next month, but a member asked me the other day if I could make a sketched version of a skull. After the request was made I said, why not. I went ahead and thought of a cool skull concept and then went to work. The sketched piece only took me about thirty minutes and that’s including the shading and everything. Once I felt that the skull was complete, I scanned it into my computer and made a tutorial out of it. The finished line art from the drawing being broken down in digital form is a lot less detailed. The tutorial itself only took about ten minutes and what you have is an easy depiction on how to sketch a skull. It’s the sketched drawing that is the lesson; the steps only show you how to go about starting the skull design. Anyways, that’s about it, this ends the skull sketch and now it’s time for you to try drawing a sketched skull too. I hope you enjoy yourself and I also hope that you actually learn something new.

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How to Sketch a Skull

how to sketch a skull step 1

STEP 1.

Here's the pencils I used in this drawing. I started off with a preliminary sketch using the mechanical pencil, and then worked by way with the 2B and 4H, both really accurate and crisp pencils. I used the darker depth pencils for very dark parts of the skull, back lighting and empty holes.
 
how to sketch a skull step 2

STEP 2.

Here's two common paper types I use. The one I used for the drawing shown in the preview was the "Heavy Multi Media Paper", which is great for shading, pens, wet media like watercolors, and acrylics. The light paper is great for sketches with pen and pencil.
 
how to sketch a skull step 3

STEP 3.

Now, lightsource is something very important you must understand in order to create accurate shaded drawings. You have to know the difference between light, shadows, and reflective light. Reflective light is light that molds at the edge of shadows, dark or mid toned.
 
how to sketch a skull step 4

STEP 4.

Here's simple techniques of shading, using various types of pencil strokes to create a vast amount of styles. I used a variety of these mixed.
 
how to sketch a skull step 5

STEP 5.

Draw a circle for the head, and then add the facial guides. You will then move to step two or six.
 
how to sketch a skull step 6

STEP 6.

You will now start sketching out the bony structure to the skulls design. Start with drawing the top part of the skull, and then draw in the very prominent bone structure for the brows, and cheeks.
 
how to sketch a skull step 7

STEP 7.

You will begin sketching out the large skull sockets like so, and then draw in the wrinkle or definition lines that adds depth to the hollow holes. Draw in the nose hole like so, and then move to step four or eight.
 
how to sketch a skull step 8

STEP 8.

Okay guys, draw out the eyeballs, and then draw in the eyes or pupils. I drew them to look crooked, but you can choose a different style or expression if you like. Next, sketch in the bony marks for the upper jaw, and then draw each groove for the teeth.
 
how to sketch a skull step 9

STEP 9.

Continue to work on the upper jaw by sketching out each tooth which is long and sharp tipped. Once that is done you can add some detailing detailing and definition to the skull's face by adding brows and cheek cracks.
 
how to sketch a skull step 10

STEP 10.

You will now need to draw the over elongated jaw like so and as you sketch out the jaw, be sure to make the lines as and bones the way you see them here.
 
how to sketch a skull step 11

STEP 11.

Just draw in the few bottom teeth, and then start erasing the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to sketch a skull step 12

STEP 12.

Here is the skull when you are all done. You can color it in, or leave it an awesome sketch.