How to Draw a Bull Skull

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Bull skulls have been used as a form of decoration for millennia, dating back even to the ancient Egyptians. In modern times, bull skulls have often been used to symbolize a lack of water, deserts, or the American West. One example of this is the "dancing bones" scene in the animated film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991).

How did the cow skull become iconic of this area, especially in past time periods? At one time, millions of bison or American buffalo roamed the American plains. Early European explorers no doubt encountered their remains. Some Native American tribes carved designs on buffalo skulls to show appreciation for the food, clothing, and shelter that the animal's body had provided them. Sadly, settlers slaughtered many bison during the 1800s in an attempt to drive out Native American peoples.

Later, cattle ranching was a popular occupation. In this way, the cow skull also became associated with the cowboy way of life. The idea was romanticized in popular western movies and television shows. Cow skulls were often seen decorating furniture, gates, fenceposts, interior walls, and in more modern settings the hoods of cars.

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Would you like to draw a bull skull? This easy, step-by-step animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. You will need a pencil, pen, or marker, as well as a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bull Skull

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two curved lines that meet at a point. This forms one of the bull's horns.

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 2

2. Use curved lines to outline the top of the skull. Notice how the lines extending from the horn create the wider base of the horn. The lines on the side also begin the top of the eye socket. Be sure to leave a space open for the second horn to emerge.

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 3

3. Use two long, curved lines to draw the second horn. Notice the bulge at the base, and the gentle point at the tip.

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 4

4. Use a series of interconnected curved lines to draw the first half of the lower portion of the cow skull face. The longer, outer line should double back upon itself. This lower part of the skull is the cow's nasal area. Then, use another curved line, looping it back upon itself, to connect the early and later sections of the previous line.

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How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 5

5. Draw a long, curved line from the remaining eye socket to the bottom of the skull. This fully encloses the skull and completes the remaining nasal cavity.

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 6

6. Draw a long, curved line from the eye socket to the nasal cavity. Loop the line back upon itself to enclose an irregular shape. Band the shape with a short line. This forms an opening in the skull.

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 7

7. Draw curved lines from the eye socket to the nasal cavity, enclosing an irregular round shape at the end. Then, draw a vertical line in the middle of the skull. Connect it to the sides using curved lines.

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 8

8. Detail the base of the horn by banding it with curved lines. Draw a short, curved line on the skull beside the horn to give it depth and a three-dimensional appearance.

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How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 9

9. Band the base of the remaining horn with curved lines, and draw a curved line beside it on the skull.

How to Draw Bull Skull: Step 10

Color your bull skull. Typically, cow skulls like this one are white, cream, or light brown in color.

Cow skulls are often a symbol of the American West. You can embellish a desert scene with our handy drawing guide, and populate it with desert animals, including wolves, scorpions, lizards.

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