Use reference photos to practise.
A photo can be extra helpful when drawing from a new angle. “I can draw a skull out of my head and do a pretty decent one. But I use reference photos as much as possible,” says House. Try finding reference photos in unique places, like old anatomy books. “I have a whole room in my basement that is nothing but magazines,” he says. “Especially these days, if you’re just going through Google images, you’re using the same reference photos that everybody else is.”
Drawing skulls digitally.
A digital drawing app like Adobe Fresco can make it easy to practise sketching hundreds of skulls without wearing down your eraser. Get to know Adobe Fresco to learn how to start your first drawing and add things like reference photos or guideline sketches as layers to trace over.
Try comic book style illustration.
Follow along with this tutorial to create a comic book style portrait. Then use those techniques to experiment with a colourful, comic-style skull drawing.
Skulls can be a challenge to illustrate, but don’t let that scare you. Once you’ve built a talent for them, they can be a fun feature in everything from classic still life art to colourful pop art and graphics for albums, band posters or seasonal events. Try your hand at sketching skulls today.