Picture of Graphic Sugar Skull Painting
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.

Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
What you will need:

Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes

Step 2: Draw guide marks

Picture of Draw guide marks
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

Picture of Rough sketch of an egg
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

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

Step 5: Draw the nose

Picture of Draw the nose
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

Picture of The top of the cheekbones
From the horizontal guide draw slanted lines going in towards the skull.

Step 7: The bottom of the cheekbone

Picture of The bottom of the cheekbone
From the horizontal guide, draw a slanted line down and into the face.

Step 8: The top jaw

Picture of The top jaw
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

Picture of The top jaw continued
Continue with short lines which are slightly slanted inwards.

Step 10: The mouth

Picture of The mouth
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

Picture of The teeth
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

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

Step 13: The lower jaw continued

Picture of The lower jaw continued
Draw short lines slanting away from the face.

Step 14: The bottom of the jaw

Picture of The bottom of the jaw
Draw long slanted lines down and inwards.

Draw a straight line across to join the lines.

Jaw completed!

Step 15: The temple

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

Step 16: The dome

Picture of The dome
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

Picture of Flower eyes
Draw arches around the circles of the eye sockets.

Now they look like flowers. Delightful.

Step 18: Dots on dots on dots

Picture of Dots on dots on dots
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 Bulnick2 years ago
Many thanks! Have a lovely day.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
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)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Thank you kindly! I aim to please.