In various times and places, the skull and crossbones symbol has had a number of different meanings.
In history and popular culture, this symbol placed on a black flag meant the vessel flying the flag was a pirate ship. The image has been used by certain military groups, university fraternities and sororities, and secret societies. In Spanish speaking cultures, it is sometimes used to mark the entrance to a cemetery. On product packaging, the skull and crossbones indicates that the contents are poisonous in nature and should be handled with caution.
If you would like to learn to draw a skull and crossbones, follow this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need a piece of paper and something with which to draw, such as a pencil, marker, or ink pen. An eraser is also recommended.
As you follow this drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, new lines drawn during that step are highlighted in blue, while previous lines appear in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of the early lines, called guide lines, as you complete your picture.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Skull
Draw teeth above the curved line. For each tooth, draw a curved, upside down “U” shaped line. Repeat to create eleven teeth. The two front teeth should be the largest, decreasing in size toward the sides.
Draw the bone extending from the upper right side. To begin, draw a large, upside down “U” shaped line. Connected to this, draw another “U” shaped line, open to the left. Connect this line to the skull using a slightly curved line.
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