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How to Draw a Skull

Easy, step by step Skull drawing tutorial
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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.

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If you would like to learn to draw a cartoon 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.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Jack O Lantern, Ghost, and Skeleton.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Skull

Skull drawing - step 1
How to draw a skull Step: 1

Begin by drawing a circle.

Skull drawing - step 2
How to draw a skull Step: 2

Next, draw a curved line, beginning within the circle and extending downward.

Skull drawing - step 3
How to draw a skull Step: 3

Draw another line on the opposite side, creating a mirror image of the first line.

Skull drawing - step 4
How to draw a skull Step: 4

Erase the portion of the circle that is between the two curved lines.

Skull drawing - step 5
How to draw a skull Step: 5

Draw another curved line extending downward from the middle of the first curved line.

Skull drawing - step 6
How to draw a skull Step: 6

Draw another line on the opposite side, mirroring the previous line.

Skull drawing - step 7
How to draw a skull Step: 7

Draw a curved line connecting the previous two lines.

Skull drawing - step 8
How to draw a skull Step: 8

Draw a horizontal curve in the middle of the image. This line should resemble a smile.

Skull drawing - step 9
How to draw a skull Step: 9

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.

Skull drawing - step 10
How to draw a skull Step: 10

Using eleven "U" shaped lines, draw a mirror image of the teeth below the curved line.

Skull drawing - step 11
How to draw a skull Step: 11

Draw the left eye by sketching a circle.

Skull drawing - step 12
How to draw a skull Step: 12

Draw a second circle to form the right eye.

Skull drawing - step 13
How to draw a skull Step: 13

Below the eyes, draw an irregular, egg shaped oval. This forms the nasal cavity.

Skull drawing - step 14
How to draw a skull Step: 14

Within the oval, draw two curved lines, beginning at the top of the shape and extending to each side.

Skull drawing - step 15
How to draw a skull Step: 15

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.

Skull drawing - step 16
How to draw a skull Step: 16

Draw the other end of this bone extending from the bottom left. Use two curved lines to form the bone. Each line should be shaped roughly like the upper portion of a question mark.

Skull drawing - step 17
How to draw a skull Step: 17

Draw the bone extending from the bottom right using two curved lines.

Skull drawing - step 18
How to draw a skull Step: 18

Draw the bone on the upper left side. It should be a mirror image of the bone on the right side, consisting of three curved lines.

Skull drawing - step 19
How to draw a skull Step: 19

Shade each of the eyes and the upper portions of the nasal cavity.

Skull drawing - step 20
How to draw a skull Step: 20

Erase the curve from the bottom of the nasal cavity. Your cartoon skull is now complete.

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