How to Draw a Skull in 3/4 View

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"To be, or not to be, that is the question."
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The skull has, naturally, long been a symbol of death. In one famous scene from the 1948 film Hamlet, the title character holds and speaks to the skull of his friend while he delivers a soliloquy about the deceased. Skulls appear in much artwork throughout history. Today, they can be seen on t-shirts, tattoos, certain branded items, and other merchandise.

Anatomically speaking, the skull consists of the bones of the head of vertebrates, or animals with internal skeletons. Did you know? The skull and teeth can tell the living a lot about the life of the deceased. Archaeologists and forensic scientists alike can learn about the age, diet, and height of an individual by examining the skull. A positive identification may even be made by comparing the dentition (the teeth) of the skull with a missing person's dental records.

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In our drawing guide, the skull is depicted in a three-quarter profile, also known as two and a half dimensional or 2.5D. This type of drawing allows a flat image to appear three-dimensional.

Would you like to draw a cartoon skull in a 3/4 perspective? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Sugar Skull, Skull, and Skeleton Hand.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Skull in 3/4 View

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing guide lines to help you form the shape of the skull. First, draw a circle. Then, draw a four-sided shape with sides angled as in the example drawing.

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 2

2. Use a long curved line to contour the braincase or rounded part of the skull. Notice how the line dips in and out of the original circle.

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 3

3. Erase guide lines from the braincase, then continue to contour the skull. Draw a curved line between the base of the skull and the four-sided shape. Then, use another curved line to contour the facial bones - the bulge of the frontal bone and nasal bone, and the maxilla, where the teeth will attach.

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 4

4. Use a long curved line that doubles back upon itself to outline the mandible or lower jaw bone.

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How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 5

5. Erase the remaining guide lines, leaving a clean outline of the skull. Draw a curved line between the maxilla and the mandible. Then, draw teeth between these two bones. Use curved lines to outline two layers of roughly rectangular shapes.

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to further contour the skull. Draw a long, curved line above the mandible. Enclose two irregular shapes beneath it. These protrusions are known as the zygomatic process and the external acoustic meatus.

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 7

7. Draw the eye openings, known as orbits. Use a curved line to enclose the irregular rounded shape of each orbit.

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 8

8. Draw the nasal cavity. Use a curved line to enclose a rounded triangular shape. Then, above this shape, contour the nasal bone using short lines.

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How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to contour the skull - the supraorbital foramen above the eyes, the mental foramen on the lower jaw, and additional structures beside the nasal cavity, on the side of the skull, and at its base.

How to Draw Skull in 3/4 View: Step 10

Color your cartoon skull. Traditionally, dry bones are depicted as bleached white. They may also be brown, yellowish, or other colors.

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