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How To Draw A Skull (Easy Step By Step Guide)

how to draw a skull in side profile step by step

If you’re always wanted to learn to draw heads, then at some point you’re bound to learn how to draw a skull. Drawing a skull isn’t really that easy but with time and practice, you can definitely be able to draw as many skulls as you like.

But I’ve found a way to make the process much easier for beginners who are interested in drawing a skull from the side view.

This step by step tutorial will break down the process so that you can follow along and learn to draw a skull in a different position.

You can use these tips to draw more skulls as this will definitely be loads of help to you.

All you need is a pencil and we can get started.

To give you a quick idea of how we will go about this drawing, we will start by drawing the top of the head, then the jaw part, making our way to the front of the skull and lastly, filling in the eye and teeth details.

Steps For Drawing A Skull

Step 1

Step 1

This drawing may be slightly complicated but we’ll still give it out best shot right?

To begin this drawing, lightly sketch out a curved like I have done above.

If you notice carefully, it’s way more curved at the top.

Step 2

Step 2

Next we will move onto drawing the jaw of the skull, draw a curved line coming down from the first line and then draw it going horizontally. From that point, draw a shorter line that goes up.

Head back to the first line and draw these two lines that angle away from each other.

Step 3

Step 3

To draw the eye and nose portion of the skull, extend the top line of the skull so that it curves into the shape of the nose and top of the mouth.

Just at the point of where the nose starts, draw a line that curves inwards for the eye socket.

Then draw another line that goes the other way. To explain it better, it should look like an S shape.

Step 4

How To Draw A Skull Step 4

Extend this line towards the back of the skull and make it join those previous lines you had drawn.

Step 5

How To Draw A Skull Step 5

Now draw the jaw part of the skull so that your drawing looks something like this.

Step 6

How To Draw A Skull Step 6

The last thing you need to do to finish your skull drawing is to add on the teeth. Start at the front of the month and draw these smaller rectangle shapes to create the teeth.

Pay attention to the way the teeth is shaped in your reference and try to make it have a close resemblance.

These little details matter in helping to make your drawing look similar to your subject.

Take your time to draw these final details and when you are happy with the way your skull drawing looks, you may proceed to the next step and ink your drawing.


It was a bit challenging to draw this skull and I won’t be surprised if you need to draw it a few more times before you are sastisfied with the results.

But like every other drawing, this challenge is no doubt loads of fun and it makes an interesting subject.

Knowing how to draw a skull and the way the overall form of the skull will help you when drawing heads later on.

Using this information will also be a great way to create heads from your own imagination.

Before you go, I’d love to share with you a few more drawing tutorials that you might enjoy:

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How To Draw A Pumpkin Step By Step

How To Draw A Treasure Chest

How To Draw A Diamond

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