How to Draw a Day of the Dead Skull

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If you are looking for Day of the Dead decorations, you have come to the right place. You can learn how to draw a Day of the Dead skull with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing guide.

The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that honors the dead. It is not the same as Halloween, though the holidays are often associated with one another.

Masks, decorations, and foods for the Day of the Dead often take the form of skulls. In contrast to their macabre nature, the skulls are often decorated with flowers and bright colors. You can see this in the illustration.

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Some Day of the Dead skulls are actually confections or candies made out of sugar. Check out this sugar skull drawing.

Want to draw a realistic human skull? Check out this guide.

For more easy and fun guides, see the How to Draw a Zombie Face or Monster Face Drawing tutorials.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Day of the Dead Skull

How to Draw a Great Looking Day of the Dead Skull for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the Day of the Dead skull outline by drawing two large circles. These are the eyes or eye sockets. Draw a large oval inside each circle. Then, draw an upside-down heart between and below the eyes. This indicates the location of the nose.

Easy Day of the Dead Skull Drawing - Step 2

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Outline the sides of the skull using curved lines. Connect them with a slightly wavy curved line at the bottom.

Easy Day of the Dead Skull Drawing - Step 3

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Draw a series of "U" shaped lines above and below the wavy line. These are the teeth of the skull.

Easy Day of the Dead Skull Drawing - Step 4

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Draw a long curved line from one cheek of the skull to the other, outlining the jawbone. Notice the sharp corners around the chin.

Easy Day of the Dead Skull Drawing - Step 5

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Draw another long curved line from one cheek to the other, this time over the top of the head. This completes the basic outline of the skull.

Easy Day of the Dead Skull Drawing - Step 6

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Now that the skull is complete, begin decorating it with whimsical patterns. Draw a teardrop shape on each side of the jaw. Then, draw two spiral lines. At the bottom, use a series of curved lines to create a round scalloped shape.

Easy Day of the Dead Skull Drawing - Step 7

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Draw a curved line across each cheek. Draw small teardrops along the lines, creating a fern leaf design. Draw a heart in the center of the forehead, with spiral lines below it. Shade small dots above the eyes.

Add More Details to Your Day of the Dead Skull Picture - Step 8

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Use a series of "U" shaped lines to create a scalloped pattern around each eye. Then, draw teardrop shapes above the eyes.

Complete the Outline of Your Day of the Dead Skull Drawing - Step 9

Day of the Dead Skull step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Use curved lines to enclose daisy flowers on the top of the skull, and fill in the gaps with circles and teardrops.

For more great Halloween drawing tutorials, see the collection of Step-by-Step Halloween Drawings.

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