How to Draw a Skeleton

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Learn how to draw a great looking Skeleton with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

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Complete Skeleton drawing
Complete Skeleton drawing

The skeleton is the supportive framework of the human body. Many artists study this structure in order to improve their skills. You can learn how to draw a skeleton with the help of this easy, step-by-step anatomical drawing guide.

How can you use your cartoon skeleton? Skeletons often make for creepy characters or Halloween decorations.

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But skeletons also serve an educational purpose. Can you label the bones for a school project? Then, you can draw some of the organs in their proper places. For example, you can add this heart drawing and this lung drawing to the body.

You can also learn how to draw muscles to learn how these interact with the framework of the bones.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Skeleton

How to Draw a Great Looking Skeleton for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the skeleton outline by drawing the skull. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the top of the head, the cheeks, and the jaw. Shade two large ovals for the eye sockets and two smaller ones at the sides of the mouth. Draw a thick "V" shaped line for the nose, and a series of curved lines to form the teeth.

Easy Skeleton Drawing - Step 2

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Use curved lines to enclose several overlapping partial circles below the head. These are the neck bones. Beneath it, draw a long, narrow triangle. From the triangle, extend pairs of curved lines, and connect each set with a curved line on the end. Connect the neck bones to the collar bones with short lines.

Easy Skeleton Drawing - Step 3

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Draw more ribs, again extending pairs of curved lines and connecting them on the ends.

Easy Skeleton Drawing - Step 4

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Draw the arm. Use curved lines to enclose the triangle shape of the shoulder blade or scapula. Then, use curved lines to sketch the humerus or upper arm bone, and the ulna and radius - the bones of the lower arm.

Easy Skeleton Drawing - Step 5

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Use curved lines to sketch the shoulder and arm bones on the opposite side, forming a mirror image of the first.

Easy Skeleton Drawing - Step 6

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Next, draw the bones of the hand. Enclose a round shape at the end of each arm, Then, use overlapping curved lines to enclose the fingers. Band the fingers with short curved lines, dividing the bones.

Easy Skeleton Drawing - Step 7

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Extend two curved lines below the ribs, connecting them at the bottom with a small triangle. Band the spine with curved lines, dividing the vertebrae. Around the triangle, use curved lines to enclose two irregular shapes like ears - including the details within them. These are the hip bones or ilium.

Add More Details to Your Skeleton Picture - Step 8

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Use curved lines to draw the bones of the leg - the long femur or thigh bone, the oval of the patella or kneecap, and the double bones of the lower leg. At the bottom of the leg, draw a rounded triangle with overlapping round shapes at its bottom. This forms the foot and toes.

Complete the Outline of Your Skeleton Drawing - Step 9

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Draw the remaining leg and foot, forming a mirror image of the opposite leg.

Color Your Skeleton Drawing

Skeleton step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Your cartoon skeleton outline is now complete. Color the bones or leave them white.

Easy, step by step Skeleton drawing tutorial
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