17 Cool Skull Drawing and Sketch Ideas

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These cool skull drawing and sketch ideas are absolutely amazing.

You won’t just find your typical skull drawings below. While I’ve included classic skull drawings, I’ve also included drawings that are unique and creative. There are portraits, skull crowns, and more. If you’re looking for a step-by-step tutorial, you’ll also find one of those below.

I hope you enjoy checking out these awesome drawings and sketches and are able to find inspiration for your next art project.

Gather Your Drawing Supplies

woman wearing skull crown drawing

Artist Credit: lady2

woman with skull hair piece

Artist Credit: lady2

how to draw a skull

Artist Credit: gregor-kari

How to Choose Your Pencils

If you’re a new artist, you may be wondering how to choose the best pencils for your drawing or sketch. I recommend starting your sketch with H pencils. H pencils are light and are perfect for lightly sketching.

Once you’re done with your light sketch, you can move to a B pencil, as they make darker marks. Additionally, B pencils are great for shading.

skull tarot card

Artist Credit: ennemi_art

realistic skull drawing

Artist Credit: gerardoapb.art

skull turning into wolf

Artist Credit: hernsdarkarts

Use Blending Stumps for Blending

Some artists don’t know that it’s actually not recommended that you blend your work with your fingers. This is because the oils from your finger can ruin your drawing.

That’s why it’s ideal that you use blending stumps for your drawings. They will allow you to blend marks made with charcoal, pencils, etc.

side profile skull

Artist Credit: kaagazink

Practice Sketching Daily

I don’t agree with the phrase that practice makes perfect, but practice definitely does make you better. If you want to get better at drawing, I strongly recommend practicing sketching daily. Even a simple 5-minute sketch is better than nothing.

Have you ever seen when artists share a drawing they did from years ago, compared to a recent drawing? It’s always amazing to see how far they’ve come. These improvements don’t come without practice. Stay patient and enjoy the process.

half woman half skull face

Artist Credit: lonelylaugh_art

skull with bees and honeycomb

Artist Credit: so.ece.art

skull from different angles

Artist Credit: robertmarzullo

Follow Drawing Tutorials on YouTube

If you’re a visual learner, you might enjoy following along with drawing tutorials on YouTube. Some drawing video tutorials you might want to watch are:

skull with mushrooms

Artist Credit: tridubdesignco 

skull scarecrow

Artist Credit: trepanationrecreative

polar bear standing on skull

Artist Credit: kerbyrosanes

Look Though Anatomy Books

The book Skulls and Skeletons: An Image Archive and Anatomy Reference Book for Artists and Designers by Kale James features a collection of 173 high-resolution anatomical drawings from the 17th and 18th centuries. If you’re looking for a great collection of skull and skeleton references, I think you’ll love this book.

Along with looking through pictures, I also recommend getting your hands on an anatomical skull model. This mold that I’ve linked separates into three pieces, the calvaria, the base of the skull, and the mandible.

skull stetch

Artist Credit: amerjavink

woman with skull face

Artist Credit: antoinetoussaintcasanova

skull with horns

Artist Credit: born_in_november

skull with snake

Artist Credit: charlieart91

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