How to Draw a Perfect Skull

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There are a few specific things that go into making the perfect skull. Draw a perfect skull with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hello. My name is Ray. I'm an artist. Right now, I'm going to show you how to draw the perfect skull. OK. Here's an example. Now, a skull is basically made up of spheres, cubes and cylinder heads, actually just spheres and cubes. One second. Now, what we want to do is we want to start out with the basic shape which is a circle, and then you have what you could consider a type of cylinder protruding from the bottom of the sphere. That's how you do that. And you have the basic head shape of the skull, which is kind of big and round on the top and kind of narrow on the bottom. Now, you want to draw in the skull. You have to be symmetrical and get it right in the middle. So, what we're going to do is, I'm going to draw a line here, give me an idea where the eyes and nose goes. So, the eyes will be on either side of this plane. And when you're drawing the skull eyes, they're not actual eyes like little ovals. They're big and they're loopy because that's the socket that the eyes go in. So, what you want to do is keep it huge. And for the sake of this drawing you want to fill it in because it's dark. Basically just do the same over here. And the line itself gives you an idea where to start and end your illustration of the eye. And now with the, with the general where the eyes are, we can get rid of these construction lines, so we get rid of those. Now, we have an idea where the, where the eyes go so that's where the eyes are. Now, for the nose, we just have to move down, same thing, keep it symmetrical on both sides. The nose in a skull is not an actual nose, it's just two slits of where the nose will be. So, once again, you can get rid of the construction lines you have here, and keep on with the drawing. Now, finally you have the mouth. Now, a skull's mouth, you can tell where that goes from either side. And you basically just have to illustrate a brief grin because your skull is always grinning, sorry. Put it in the middle. And if you want to give details, you have teeth. So, you want to draw out the teeth of the skull. Illustrate that this is in fact a skull. OK. So you can do little things like add lines at the top to illustrate where the brows would go on the top and bottom. You could put a crack in it if you want to make it look spooky. Or if you just want to keep it as a regular skull, you can take those out. When usually when drawing around sockets, you put some type of shade to illustrate that it's actually protruding out. And that's what happening with your cheekbones and so forth. So, basically that' how you draw, basically that is how you would draw the perfect skull.

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