I seem to draw a lot of horror skulls so I thought I would do a large post with lots of examples of drawing some cool horror skull ideas just to entertain myself too. So here we will focus on drawing some very different skull designs from each other but they all will share the same theme of horror.
Sketch an oval head shape
Eye sockets, nose holes and cheek bones are all marked in
The lower jaw and rounder cheekbones and loosely sketched teeth are sketched in
Frown lines in between the eyes help work out the look of the skull
The eyes are sketched in and given eyeballs and the teeth are drawn in again quite lightly
Dark pencil outline and some moderate pencil shading in the mouth area
Inking with a fine line uni-pin pen gives a nice ink line to the design
Be sketchy with the inking process at times, because it gives you drawings and illustrations more energy
Smaller details have been added with a 00.5 size uni-pin ink pen
Now I thought what skull drawing step by step bonanza wouldn’t be complete without a cool Vampire Skull to draw. I’ve drawn Vampire skulls before here take a look – Draw Vampire Skulls
Well here we are draw this….
Draw the oval shape as the basis of the skull head
Draw eye sockets, nose holes and rough idea of cheek bones
Draw some large Vampire teeth and define those cheek bones
Defining the bottom jaw of the Vampire skull
Draw a lot of the detail including the rotten wrinkles on the skull
Start to ink the eye sockets and nose holes with a thick black marker
Using a thinner ink pen start to ink the detail and the teeth
Ink the outline of the vampire skull
All inked as a far as you can go
What about a Werewolf skull drawing, something I haven’t tried before, but hey that’s what drawing is all about challenging yourself to draw new and cool stuff.
Draw an oval shape for the head again
Quick angry eyes and rough cheek bones sketched in
Sketch in a dog like nose and the teeth
Draw in the eyes and define the bottom jaw
Pencil in some shadows under the eyes, in the mouth and other areas
Start to ink with a fine line ink pen
Start to ink the rest of the facial features, cheek bones, jaw etc
Ink in some hair and other minor details and the idea is set
Drawing a Zombie skull now with some missing teeth is always a safe bet to draw. Zombies can look as rotten as you like, but maybe draw along with me to get an idea for drawing a Zombie Skull. Also see this other post on drawing a Zombie Skull
An oval shape has been drawn
Draw in the eyes and start to work out what the face will look like
Draw in some teeth with some missing and some rough indentations for the cheek bones
Pencil shade some areas that you think need to be shaded to add depth
Start to ink the teeth, which is the most important element of this zombie skull drawing
Start to ink the rest of the skull
Nearly all inked and complete on this undead skull
A Halloween pumpkin illustration colored in with Letraset Promarkers.
I bought myself some Letraset Promarkers to test them out as I’d seen quite a number of YouTube videos with other Artists using them to color in drawings and they looked very cool, not sure if they are on a par with Copic markers because I haven’t got around to using them expensive markers yet.
These promarkers in particular I got two packs of six and there is the Rich Tones and the Mid Tones I got to test out, although in hindsight I should have ordered a pack of 12 with a blender marker, but I ordered a blender marker pen separate.
This post isn’t a “how to” type post it is merely a look at the markers in action for the first time from me using them and as a blog post I could look back on this post and see how I may have improved in the future after continued use of these markers.
Using new art pens for the first time always requires some use of trial and error to find your own way of working with them. In the video below I had the assumption that using the blender pen to blend some colors together was a piece of cake, but I was quickly shot down for this quite early on. Still the coloring process gradually grew on me and I started to see a happy looking Halloween Pumpkin towards the end of the coloring.
The markers suit best when used on thicker paper, for instance white card that is the thicker kind is the best, in my trial and error approach with these art pens I preferred to use thick card to color and draw on because the pens do bleed through the paper and if it’s thin drawing paper it could go through to other drawings in a sketchbook.
The best use of these markers is the twin points that most professional markers have these days and that is the fine point and the chisel tip at either side of each marker, this provides and excellent choice to color in wide areas and small precise areas with the right tip end of the markers.
I will be trialing the blender pen more in the future against other colors and to see how to use it more effectively in marker illustrations. These pens are an affordable alternative to the more expensive Copic Markers.
This was a very basic idea on how to draw a cross on fire step by step. The idea suits better for a tattoo concept and that’s the angle I was approaching. Of course there are many ways to draw this idea and we can explore that fully in the future at some point.
Look at the quick gallery below and click the first image to view the slideshow of the steps to draw this.
Draw a basic cross shape.
Start to outline the drawing of the cross, making sure to curve some of the lines to give it a funky cross look
Finished the outline of the cross shape
Start to lightly draw in the flame shape around the cross
Start by inking the cross shape remembering to leave gaps for the flames
Ink the flame design and try to improve it if you wish
Erase the pencil lines to make the drawing more cleaner
I used a grey letraset promarker pen to color the actual cross
Using a red Galt Paintastic pen for the base of the flames
Used an orange Galt Paintastics pen for the secondary color of flames
Using a yellow Galt Paintastics pen to fill in all of the white spaces
I thought I’d follow on from the previous post on painting a skull with watercolorswith this attempt at Freddy Kruegers head. Starting with the loose colors and working backwards by inking last I thought it might be another quick and cool experiment and as usual I documented the steps as a process you can take a look at below.
The finished drawing itself doesn’t look like Freddy Krueger, but I still had fun having a go at creating it.
Draw a loose head and hat drawing to paint over
I painted a watery wash of Yellow paint over the face area
A wash of red paint over the yellow gives another color gradient to work with
The black paint thinned down with water creates a grey color for the hat
Slight wash of yellow over the white spaces on the hat
Yellow eyes and a grey for the teeth
Light wash of red watercolor
Paint in some yellow ears
Light watery wash of grey in the whites of the eyes and mouth
Red paint is added to create more burnt and melted looking flesh, black dots in centre of eyes
Continue adding the red in places to bring out more of the features
Still trying to define the features with the nose and brown paint on hat
Using a uni-pin fine liner pen to ink the mouth and teeth
Staring to ink around the eyes and slight touches on the face
Continue adding thin ink lines to the ears and hat
Finish off the inking with small details
Light red wash under the eyes and grey on the teeth
Final details and that’s it, a decent first attempt, but by no means are we over in this respect