how to draw a traditional skull tattoo

How to Draw a Traditional Skull Tattoo

Step 1.

Like always, we will begin with a simple circle for the head/face guide. Sketch in the facial guidelines too.

Step 2.

Using the guide you just made, begin to draw out the actual structure for your skull's head. Draw the cheek bones and then draw the upper jaw which is the only part of a mouth the skull will have.

Step 3.

Use the facial guidelines to draw in the shapes of the eyes in a very traditional manner. Draw the nasal cavity and then add some small wrinkles or creases around the nose.

Step 4.

Define the eyes by adding some bold shapes which will form the brows in an angry expressive look. Add crease or wrinkles under the eyes and around the nose. These lines will also form shape and structure to the face. Add the teeth and then draw the dimples on the gum line.

Step 5.

Your traditional looking skull face is done. Now all you need to do is add some tribal art in the background if you like. I chose to go with an arrow like design for a sharp tribal background. Erase your mistakes and guidelines when you are done, then that's it.

Step 6.

Here is the line art and I know this is a cool drawing of a skull tattoo. Add some color if you like, or just bring the line art or colored image to your tattooist for an inking job.

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Uploaded: April 26, 2015
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: April 26, 2015
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Artist comments

I have another tattoo art/tutorial for you all and this time it's going to be on how to draw a traditional skull tattoo, step by step. I have a ton of lessons on various skull designs and all of them have meaning. That is no different than the one you see here. The only difference with this skull is that it is made to look like a traditional skull concept that is commonly seen on the shoulders, backs, arms, chests, legs and even hands. I added a tribal design in the background but you can choose to draw whatever you like for your own personal touch. If you have been waiting a long time for another tutorial on something skull related, here it finally is. Have fun with it and remember to leave some feedback letting me know what you think. Adios and peace out.