Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step how to draw a Skull Tutorial and Skull Coloring Page. Scroll down to learn more and download yours for free.
How to Draw a Skull
When your students are ready to learn how to draw a skull that is more than just an oval shape with a few circles for nose and eye holes, it might be time to share this tutorial with them. A few more details can make all the difference in the world.
A skull, or cranium, is a set of bones that make up the shapes of our heads. It supports the structures of the face and forms a protective cavity for the brain.
A real skull actually has 22 bones, but this drawing lesson will simplify quite a few of them. The important parts — the nose hole, cheeks and teeth are there, so the drawing looks pretty realistic, but doesn’t get too hard for the younger artists.
Save this skull drawing project for:
- Halloween (that’s a no-brainer)
- Day of the Dead (not to be confused with Halloween, more of a celebration of past lives)
- Anatomy (it’s simple, but still pretty accurate)
- Symmetry practice (you can never have too much!)
Also, this basically white drawing is a great place for students to practice shading. Students that seem to easily master the shapes of this skull, might like to see what they can do with making shadows. A few well placed gray shapes will turn this flat drawing into something that looks like it has some shape and depth.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, this sketch starts with an upside down heart shape right in the center of the paper. It’s easy to do when students can see where those two guides cross.
When students get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done. Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper. Having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big line down the center of their paper before they start? No, that will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. Instead, they simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the skull drawing project.
New! Coloring Page Gallery
Here’s a new option for busy teachers and parents. You can now easily download this drawing as a coloring page with the red button below. Just click to open it as a PDF, and save it to your desktop. You’ll have a free coloring page that you can print as often as you want, for whatever kind of project you want. Use it for younger students that want in on the coloring fun, or as a full size visual aid for those that are following the drawing tutorial. For many more fun things to color, please see my COLORING PAGE GALLERY It’s never been easier to see and download so many all in one place!
Skull Coloring Page
Materials for Skull Drawing
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- 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 for How to Draw a Skull Step by Step
Time needed: 45 minutes.
Skull Step by Step Instructions
- Draw an upside down heart for a nose.
- Add two ovals for the eye sockets.
- Start the top of the skull that curves in at an angle.
- Finish the bottom of the lower jaw.
- Add the curve of the matching cheekbone lines.
- Draw the middle line of the teeth.
- Add even number of lines for both the upper teeth and the lower teeth.
- Connect with curved lines.
- Trace with a marker and color.