How to Draw a Cow Skull

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How to Draw a Cow Skull
(Illustrations by Andrew DeWitt)

Cow skulls have been a part of strange art ever since the work of Georgia O'Keefe. The stark contrast of the bleached bone and dark shadows--as well as the strange framing of the horns--serve to make compelling art. Cow skulls in art have an eerie and mysterious quality. Put this quality into your art. Take simple shapes. Transform them into a drawing of your own.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser

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    Drawing a Cow Skull

  1. 1

    Begin by drawing the basic frame. Draw a long oval for the head. Draw a circle on each side of the interior of the skull. Add a "U" shape on going up the skull. For the horns, draw diagonal lines coming out of the skull.

    How to Draw a Cow Skull
  2. 2

    Draw parallel lines around the horns. Split the skull down the middle with a line. Draw a diagonal line coming from the eye sockets and connecting to the nose. Add a jagged line across the nose. Draw two small rectangular shapes at the base of the nose.

    How to Draw a Cow Skull
  3. 3

    Add more details to the skull. Add curved lines going inside the skull on both sides. Add 2 sections of bone on the lower side of the jaw.

    How to Draw a Cow Skull
  4. 4

    Erase all the guidelines. Ink the entire drawing. Let the ink dry. Erase all the pencil.

    How to Draw a Cow Skull
  5. 5

    Detail the horns with small curved lines. Darken the inside of the eyes and nose for a stark contrast. You now have your very own cow skull. You can paint or colour the drawing. Create your own creepy desert landscape.

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