How to Draw a Sugar Skull
Because of their distinctive appearance, sugar skulls have become an unofficial symbol of the Mexican Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on November 1 and 2. Drawing a sugar skull is simple and relaxing.
How to Draw a Skull. To begin, you’ll need a skull template. If you’re drawing digitally, simply place it as a low-opacity layer. If you’re drawing traditionally, trace the skull onto a new sheet of paper. Do it lightly so that you can erase it later.
Draw the basic outline of your skull with ink or another dark tool; sugar skulls are often heavily stylized, so if you don’t like how it looks on you, feel free to change the shape as part of your style.
Flowers are a popular way to decorate a sugar skull, so let’s go ahead and do that.
Turn your head slightly towards the middle of the petal to get an idea of what kind of flower it is.
There’s a lot of empty space between the elements in our Christmas tree that we already have, so let’s fill it with ornaments.
Finally, clean up the lines by erasing/removing the guide lines.
Drawing by Numbers for Adults and How to Make a Neon Calavera Girl Vector Portrait are two more tutorials on how to draw sugar skulls.
How do you make sugar skulls for kids?
- Fill your skull mold with the wet sugar, pressing down on the sugar and compacting it as you go.
- Cut a piece of parchment paper and a piece of cardboard just a bit bigger than your mold.
- Your sugar skulls now need to dry.
How do you color sugar skulls?
You can make a colored sugar skull by mixing food coloring into the water before adding it to the sugar and meringue powder. Don’t eat the sugar skulls, especially if they’re decorated with royal icing, which can break your teeth if you bite into it!
What is sugar skull?
Sugar skulls represented a departed soul and were placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a specific spirit. Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers.
How do you draw a sugar cube?
Using simple guidelines, learn how to draw a cartoon sugar cube.
- To illustrate the top of your cube, draw a rhombus.
- Then, add a single line to create the front edge of your shape.
- Then, draw two more lines (as shown above) to create the edges on each side.
- Close your shape by sketching the two lines that are missing on the bottom.
Can you eat a sugar skull?
Sugar skulls are more of a folk art, and we do not recommend eating them because most sugar skull makers use non-edible ingredients such as sequins, colored tin foil, feathers, beads, and glitter, and they are not made in FDA-approved kitchens or packaged as food.
Why are they called sugar skulls?
The skulls are very bright and cheerful, meant to celebrate the lives of the deceased, and their name comes from the clay molded sugar that authentic sugar skulls are made from before being decorated with feathers, colored beads, foils, and icing.
What color are sugar skulls?
Red is used to represent our blood; orange is used to represent the sun; yellow is used to represent the Mexican marigold (which represents death itself); purple is used to represent pain (though it could also be used to represent wealth and royalty in other cultures); pink and white are used to represent hope, purity, and celebration; and black is used to represent the Land of the Dead.
What do you decorate sugar skulls with?
Colored Royal Icing, sequins, feathers, beads, and even earrings made from soda pop tops can be used to decorate your sugar skulls. Mexican sugar skulls are decorated with colored foil and icing.