How to Draw a Skull Step by Step

This is a step by step tutorial of how to draw a skull in Photoshop. I will show you the process in sequence and explain the details step by step.

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skull09

  1. First I use rough lines to sketch out the outlines of the skull. This is the most important process because it serves as a foundation of your drawing. If the foundation is done done properly, you will end up doing a lot of redundant correction work when everything is finalized.

    skull01

    skull01

  2. Keeping lines loose, I sketch out the main dark and light contrast of the skull, this will act as a guide line for my shading next.

    skull02

    skull02

  3. Some of the construction lines are erased and more variation in toning are added in the shaded areas.

    skull03

    skull03

  4. The teeth and and front of the face are refined in terms of shape and shading. One thing to note when drawings is that only focus on the most prominent element in the scene, and put less work on the not so important elements. In this case, the more important part of the skull is in the front, that is where most of the viewers’ attention is attracted to.

    skull04

    skull04

  5. More details are added.

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    skull05

  6. The back of the skull are more refined and more shading are added to the chin area.

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    skull06

  7. The jaw joint area is further defined which completes the shape of the skull. Cracks and small wholes are added onto the skull making the surface more realistic.

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    skull07

  8. More white areas are covered with light grey shading, because in real life, nothing is pure white. That is why it looks awkward when you have patches of while color in your drawing.

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    skull08

  9. Finally nearly all of the white areas are covered up only leaving some pure white spots as highlight. I purposely left the pencil brush strokes uncleaned, because I want to achieve a realist pencil drawing feel in Photoshop even though it is a digital drawing.

    skull09

    skull09

  10. That’s all folks and hope you enjoy my digital drawing tutorial of a skull in Photoshop.

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