The veneration of skulls by humans has a long history. Prehistoric evidence suggests that in some cultures, the skulls of deceased ancestors were cleaned and set apart for worship. Animal skulls were used in rituals meant to aid in the hunt.
In art and culture, skulls often represent death or evil. Some ancient cultures made crystal models of human skulls to represent life. Sugar skulls are candies that are made, decorated, and eaten in celebration of the Day of the Dead, roughly equivalent to Halloween, and the Roman Catholic holiday known as All Souls' Day.
Today, skulls - especially those on fire - are used to represent rebellion, separateness, or aloofness by motorcycle clubs, heavy metal musical groups, and other cultural subsets. Many clothing and accessory designs feature skull patterns. Flaming skulls are also common subject matter for tattoos. A number of comic book characters are also known to spontaneously combust, revealing their skull amid flaming flesh.
Would you like to draw a flaming skull? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or other implements to shade your finished drawing.
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Step by Step Instructions for Drawing a Flaming Skull
1. Begin by drawing an oval. This will form the top of the skull.
2. Extend two curved lines from the oval, bent at a right angle. This will outline the eye sockets.
3. Using three curved lines that join at approximately right angles, enclose the lower mouth portion of the skull.
4. Using curved lines, enclose elongated, curved shapes along the bottom of the skull. This will form the teeth.
5. Erase the lines at the bottom of the shapes formed in the previous step.
6. Draw two diagonal lines in the center of the skull. Draw a curved line beneath each diagonal line, enclosing a slanted semicircle shape. Shade this shape. Add detail by placing a short, curved line at the corners of each eye.
7. Beneath the eyes, draw a curved, upside down triangle. This will form the nose. Shade within the triangle, and draw a short, curved line around each of its corners.
8. Draw the flames (or hair, if you prefer) using a series of connected, curved lines that meet in rounded and jagged points.
9. Draw more flames above the skull, enclosing wispy, irregular shapes using curved lines. The shapes should be pointed on both ends.
10. Color your flaming skull. Want to rock on? Combine this tutorial with an electric guitar to make heavy metal magic.