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Graphic Sugar Skull Painting

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Confession: I'm a girly-girl, but for some reason I'm obsessed with skulls.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw and paint a pretty, sugar skull, just in time for Halloween.

Enjoy.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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What you will need:

Pencil
Eraser
Ruler
Canvas
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes

Step 2: Draw guide marks

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Measure out the half-way points of the length and width of your canvas
Draw a line down and a line across.

Step 3: Rough sketch of an egg

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Lightly draw an egg shape, making sure that it is centered on the canvas.

I left about an inch above the top of the skull, and 2 inches below.

Step 4: Draw the eyes

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The eyes are circles which are centered the the horizontal lines in the egg shape drawn earlier.

Step 5: Draw the nose

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The nose is an upside down heart. The top of it should be past the bottoms of the eye sockets.

Step 6: The top of the cheekbones

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From the horizontal guide draw slanted lines going in towards the skull.

Step 7: The bottom of the cheekbone

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From the horizontal guide, draw a slanted line down and into the face.

Step 8: The top jaw

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From the bottom of each of the cheekbone lines, draw horizontal lines. They should line up with the center of the eye sockets.

Step 9: The top jaw continued

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Continue with short lines which are slightly slanted inwards.

Step 10: The mouth

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Connect the two points with a slightly curved line. You want your skull to smile!

Add 5 marks on the line as guides for the teeth.

Step 11: The teeth

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The teeth are arches on either side of the line. The front two teeth are the biggest and get smaller towards the end.

Step 12: The lower jaw

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From a little bit past the bottom point of the cheekbones, draw short slanted lines inwards.

Step 13: The lower jaw continued

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Draw short lines slanting away from the face.

Step 14: The bottom of the jaw

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Draw long slanted lines down and inwards.

Draw a straight line across to join the lines.

Jaw completed!

Step 15: The temple

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Returning to the top of the cheek bones, draw slanted lines away from the face.

Step 16: The dome

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Connected the two points of the temple by following your sketch from earlier of the top of the egg/skull.

Skull outline completed!

Step 17: Flower eyes

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Draw arches around the circles of the eye sockets.

Now they look like flowers. Delightful.

Step 18: Dots on dots on dots

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Add rows of dots between the eyes, on the cheek bones, and upper jaw.
This is wonderful! Such a beautiful job and such thorough instructions :)
hellovillain (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Many thanks! Have a lovely day.
This is a really excellent tutorial. I would love to see more how-to-draw Instructables of this caliber. So easy to follow and understand!
hellovillain (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Thank you kindly! I aim to please.