Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Free How to Draw A Skull With a Candle on Top Worksheet

Draw a Skull With a Candle
This printable drawing lesson is ideal for Halloween or a part of some dark scene. This simple treatment of the classic skull will help the young artist gain confidence. Parents, teachers, and homeschool families may print the worksheet below and the project notes below for personal and class use.

FIRST, A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: Learning to draw is like all things takes practice so draw every day. Come back every day to print a few more worksheets and if you draw them you will be amazed at what a good artist you will become. I have a lot of how to draw worksheets so if this project doesn't work out try a few others you will find something that you have a talent for.

To print the free worksheet below just highlight it and send it to your printer or save to your device to print later. Some printers work better with this type of file if you first drag it to your desktop and print from there. If you have problems printing this see the how to print tab for suggestions. Below are links to alternate files in case the image below gives you problems.

Printable How to draw a skull and candle worksheet 
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The skull is almost round, so start with a circle. The view is turned slightly for interest so use a vertical guideline curving off center to keep angle right. The upper jaw is like a square below the circle.

The eye sockets are large and are about a third of the face. One eye socket is in full view the other is partly hidden by the nose and cheekbone since it is turned away. The eye socket is not really a circle the outer upper corner is slightly pointed. There is a ridge over the eye socket show it by a shadow, and there is ridge beside the eye shadow it in too.

The nasal cavity (nose) is between the eyes and is like an upside down "V" There is a thin bone inside sticking up.

There are about eight teeth showing. Use another guideline to keep them in a straight row. The two on the end are wide, the next one is pointed then the rest are flat looking. The top of the teeth are rounded.

Under the eye is the cheekbone it goes back to the ear. Draw it as a shadow below and a shadow above.

The candle is a cylinder. The bottom is curved down and back up a little, the top is uneven and there are blobs of melted wax on the side they look like the letter "U," Don't overdraw the wax dripping down the skull, a few lines ending in a frozen drop will do. Have one drip hanging over the eye.

Put dark shadow in the eye sockets and the nasal cavity. Use shadowing all around to make the skull look round. The skull is not smooth; there is texture, especially in the shadows so use bumpy dotted marks to give it an old worn look.

Make the background dark so the skull looks white.
Have it sitting on a book, remember to keep all the lines parallel when drawing the book.

Illustration for How To Draw a Skull With a Candle on Top

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