Learn how to draw a Skeleton with this easy step by step tutorial. A few extra details make him look pretty realistic.
The thing about skeletons is that the real things are, of course, incredibly detailed. Even a pro would probably sweat at the thought of trying to draw a real one.
That doesn’t mean though that skeletons have to be off limits for children. OR that they have to be just lines under a skull. Especially during spooky season.
This tutorial is made to show older elementary students how to draw a skeleton with bones that look a little more like the real thing, without getting too overwhelming. It starts with a simple skull and works down matching one side to the other, which is always a good way to proceed with symmetrical shapes.
If any of your students look a little hesitant about taking this on, encourage them to just simplify things as needed. The point is, a pretty good effort at drawing a more complicated shape, will always look more impressive than settling for a simple one.
And besides, how many adults would know if a few bones were missing anyway?
- How to Draw a Skeleton (click to download a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Skeleton
- Draw a head with eyes, nose, teeth.
- Add cheeks, start neck and ribs.
- Finish the ribs and spine.
- Add the hips and start the arms.
- Add lower arm and hand shapes.
- Draw fingers on each.
- Draw two leg bones.
- Add the feet with toes.
- Trace with marker and color.