How to Draw a Skull with Flowers

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Written By Sam Davis Ph.D.

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In this blog post, we will show you how to do a skull drawing with roses. This is a fun and easy tutorial that anyone can follow. We will walk you through each step of the process, and by the end, you will be able to create your own skull and flower masterpiece!

You can create an ink drawing or pencil drawing. You might think that rose drawing is challenging, but it's really much easier than it seems. And so is drawing skulls! So let's get started.

Step 1: Draw a basic skull shape

Drawing a skull doesn't have to be difficult. By following a few simple steps, you can easily create a realistic and detailed skull. First, start with a basic skull shape. To be visually interesting, most folks draw a skull at an angle. Make sure the forehead is a bit larger than you think it needs to be. You can skip the lower jaw if you don't want it.

In step 1, the skull's head doesn't need to be super detailed. Just make sure the lines are clear enough that you can detect where your curved line was going.

Step 2: Add in some flowers, leaves, and vines

After you've got a skull, you'll want to start working on your flowers. Rose drawing is pretty easy, but placement and your vision will determine how many you'll want to draw. If you're only placing two roses, consider symmetry.

It might be helpful to think of a rose as a collection of rose petals. Rose petals look like enlarged tear drops and have two curved lines. Draw the first petal, then add another behind it. You'll draw two more above and behind to create a simple, four petal structure.

Red roses, yellow roses, etc. – they all look the same. While your second rose may look different because of variety, the basic structure will stay the same. You will only vary the details.

Pro Trip: Tracing paper

If you don't want to ruin your skull with a bad rose, you can sketch a bunch of roses, then use tracing paper to transfer over the roses that you want in your final drawing! This is specially useful in composite drawings like these.

Step 3: Shade in the skull and add color to the flowers

Use a dark pencil to shade in the skull. Consider the levels of contrast you want in the eye sockets especially, as this will set the mood for your whole drawing. Ifyou don't like what you did in step 2, now's the time to change it before you start adding shading and details.

Next, add color to the flowers. Start with the darkest colors and then add lighter colors to create a realistic effect. Finally, use a white pencil to add highlights to the flowers. Remember to vary the pressure on the pencil to create different shades of white. With a little practice, you'll be able to create a beautiful and unique skull with flowers drawing!

Step 4: add text for a title or caption

The skull is a powerful symbol that has been used for centuries in art, culture, and religion.

  • Skulls can be used to communicate a variety of messages, depending on the context and how they are designed.
  • When used in marketing, skulls can be an effective way to grab attention and create a visually appealing design.

If you're a funky artist like me, you'll want to add a caption to your drawing. Maybe its a joke about roses. Maybe it's something poetic about how life will begin and end in the same space. Whatever it is, add your text or sign to your skull and wrap it up!

Final thoughts

A skull with roses might be the perfect drawing for a tattoo artist, but any artist can capitalize on the beauty of a skull drawing. By following a few simple steps, you can easily create a realistic and detailed skull with flowers. Keep practicing to get the details just right, and use tracing paper if needed. With a little practice, you'll be able to create stunning art! Good luck!

If you want more drawing help, check out Skillshare! Skillshare is a great way for you to learn how to draw roses, skulls, and everything in between! Find out more here.

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