How to Draw a Skull in Profile

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

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Skull in Profile.

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Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11
Complete Skull in Profile drawing

Are you feeling like drawing something scary or preparing for a holiday such as Halloween or the Day of the Dead? You can use this skull in profile drawing tutorial to up your artistic game.

It seems that people have been fascinated by - or fearful of - skulls and other bones from time immemorial. In past times, for example, people buried their dead in underground tombs called catacombs.

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Often, catacombs included drawers or shelves full of bones and shelves of skulls for everyone to see.

Do you need to draw a collection of skulls? Learn to draw a cartoon skull or a skull in 3/4 view. You can also sketch a heart-shaped skull in frontal view.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Dragon Skull, Wolk Skull, and Deer Skull.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Skull in Profile

How to Draw a Great Looking Skull in Profile for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the skull in profile outline by drawing the eye socket or orbit. Start with a “C” shaped line. Inside it, use a series of curved lines to create a jagged, partial-circle shape.

Easy Skull in Profile Drawing - Step 2

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Draw a wavy line in front of the eye socket, sketching the curvature of the brow bone and nasal cavity.

Easy Skull in Profile Drawing - Step 3

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Draw a short curved line overlapping the front of the skull. This indicates the upper part of the mouth or jaw. Below it, draw several overlapping rounded shapes, indicating the teeth.

Easy Skull in Profile Drawing - Step 4

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Continue drawing rounded teeth alongside the first, noticing the flattened bottoms or chewing surfaces. Then, begin sketching the teeth of the lower jaw beneath the first.

Easy Skull in Profile Drawing - Step 5

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Finish drawing the lower teeth. Then, draw curved lines at the bases of the upper and lower teeth. Extend the lines from the points where the teeth meet.

Easy Skull in Profile Drawing - Step 6

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Sketch the side of the skull using three curved lines. The first should cross horizontally below the eye and above the mouth. The second should extend from the lower line of teeth to the previous line. The third should begin midway through the first line. Allow it to cross the end of the first line before doubling back on itself and extending downward.

Easy Skull in Profile Drawing - Step 7

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Extend the third line from the previous step to meet the line below the teeth, completely enclosing the lower jaw. Then, extend a long curved line from the top of the skull, nearly connecting to the back of it. Use a shorter line, overlapping this one, to connect it and enclose the cranium.

Add More Details to Your Skull in Profile Picture - Step 8

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Contour the side of the cranium with a series of curved lines. Draw a short line from the last tooth on the top row to the nearby jawbone. Then, draw another curved line between the jawbone and cranium.

Complete the Outline of Your Skull in Profile Drawing - Step 9

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete your skull in profile outline by drawing wavy, crack-like lines across the cranium.

Color Your Skull in Profile Drawing

Skull Profile step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your cartoon skull in profile outline. We’ve shaded ours off-white, a typical color for dry bones.

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