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How to Draw a Skeleton

Learn how to draw a Skeleton with this easy step by step tutorial. A few extra details make him look pretty realistic.

How to Draw a Skeleton
How to Draw a Skeleton

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?



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Skeleton

  1. Draw a head with eyes, nose, teeth.

  2. Add cheeks, start neck and ribs.

  3. Finish the ribs and spine.

  4. Add the hips and start the arms.

  5. Add lower arm and hand shapes.

  6. Draw fingers on each.

  7. Draw two leg bones.

  8. Add the feet with toes.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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