Cartoon Skull

Learn to draw these two cartoon skull drawings. Super funky and easy to do.

skull gifs by nicola milan

Halloween is just around the corner and that means it’s time to decorate the house with all things spooky and fun! To get you off to a flying start, today we’ll learn how to draw a cartoon skull. In fact, I have TWO skull drawings for you to have a go at.

Yep, skulls are really easy to draw and when you’re drawing cartoon style, you can have a lot of fun with the shape of the head, jaw, teeth and eyes. 

They make excellent additions to all sorts of art so they’re really usefeul to learn to draw. Take a look here at how I’ve used skull drawings in my pastel fine art!  If you look closely, you’ll see that I use them a LOT for accessories, as patterns in material and even as jewellery!

Nicola xx

Ps: Don’t forget all artwork on this site is original art created by me. I’d love you to recreate it and share your stuff on social, just remember to tag me @milansmischief  on Insta or TikTok (and no commercial resale allowed. Thanks!)

Skull Cartoons Ahoy!

Save these funky skull how-to-draws for later on Pinterest.

How-to-draw-Cartoon-Skulls by Milan's-Mischief

How to Draw a Skull Step by Step

Ready to tackle both skulls at the same time? Thought so!

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Step One: Dead Ahead

Dead Ahead… get it! OMG I’m such a dork…. (and yet so funny at the same time.)

When you draw a skull cartoon the shape of the head makes all the difference. Square heads look a little funky whereas a round head looks more realistic and ominous.

That’s why in this tutorial, I’ve created two skull drawings at a time for you to show you the difference.

Frog Drawing -Milan's Mischief

Step Two: Add Teeth

For step two you want to add some cool teeth or the jaw area. Again, there are a lot of possibilities for how you draw this part and it changes the overall vibe of your skull. As a rule, a rounder jaw means a cuter looking skull. 

I’m always going for funky so that’s why I tried jagged teeth for one and a square-ish jaw for the other.

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Step Three: Hollow Eyes

If you’re drawing cartoons, it means you can break most of the ‘realistic drawing rules’. (Which is what I love about toons tbh).

That goes for things like eye shapes. In this step you can go for cross-eyes, really HUGE eyes that take up most of the skull head or like I’ve done for the first skull, draw different sized eyes.

Frog Drawing -Milan's Mischief

Step Four: Add Depth

So in step four we’re going to complete the coloring in of the eyes step and add some extra depth to show a hollow skull. 

This is easier to do in Skull B but you could also do it to skull A if you wanted… but then I felt it was risking too much detail. Sometimes simplicity is best. 

PRO TIP: You don’t have to color things in perfectly. Scrappy is cool.

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Step Five: Add A Nose

If you’re looking to make an easy skull a simple nose will do the trick. For a human skull drawing a triangle will suffice. Keeps things easy and looks good.

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Step Six: Chompers R Us!

Ok dude, if you’re wanting to be lazy (like me!) you can go ahead and draw a bunch of lines to make the teeth. Works like a charm every time. 

SWEET TIP: Go on an angle with the teeth to give it a funky look. Straight on turns out a bit less cartoon. 

Butterfly Cartoon by Nicola Milan

Step Seven: Arrgh! Skull and Crossbones Me Mateys!

Let’s go full pirate mode peeps and add in the crossbones to go with this ‘ere skull. The whole skull and crossbones thing is actually super easy to draw, especially if you use a tablet and can just draw it on a layer beneath the skull.

I just draw a single crossbone, duplicate it, rotate it to cross over then move it into position under the skull. BOOM!

Super easy skull and crossbones drawing YO. 

cartoon skulls by nicola milan

Step Eight: Place It Up

Ooh yeah! For Skull A, I just moved my crossbones into place and erased any crossing lines I didn’t want.

Skull B was even easier. I draw four seperate crossbones sticking out of the skull for that traditional pirate flag ‘The Jolly Roger’ look.

Arrgggggh!!!!! (said in a smelly pirate voice)

What’s next? 

I hope you enjoyed this how to draw a skull tutorial! Have a go at drawing your own and tag me on social @milansmischief (on all good platforms) so I can see your brilliant creation!

You might like to check out my Creepy Cute Halloween Drawings tutorial next!

Nicola xx 

(ps: feel free to call me Nic – everyone else does)

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