Learn how to draw a Skeleton with an easy step by step tutorial. A few extra details make him look pretty realistic.
The thing about skeletons is that they are, of course, incredibly detailed. Even a pro would probably sweat at the thought of trying to draw a skeleton with all the bones included.
That doesn’t mean though that skeletons have to be off limits for children. OR that they can’t learn how to draw one that is a bit more realistic.
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 that includes the cheek bones, and works down, always matching one side to the other. The pose is symmetrical, which helps when trying to draw new 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, even generalizing some of those shapes a bit will help them learn a LOT more than if they never even tried at all.
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Materials for a Skeleton Drawing
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions to Draw a Skeleton Step by Step
Time needed: 45 minutes.
- 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.