How to Draw A Cartoon Skeleton

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Drawing a cartoon skeleton: some fun facts before starting sketching!

  • A baby is usually born with over 300 bones while adults have around 206 bones. Some of the baby's bone will eventually fuse.
  • Lucy, the famous skeleton of a female found in Ethiopia, is three million years old.

Step 1

How to draw a cartoon skeleton step 1

This tutorial will show you how to draw a cartoon skeleton easily. The skeleton is made of a skull (1), some ribs (2), arms (3)(humerus and radius) and fingers (5) (metacarpus and phalanges). 

Don't forget the ilium (4), the femur (6), the tibia (7) and the feet (8) (metatarsus and phalanges). Of course, you don't have to remember all these technical terms in order to draw a perfect skeleton. But it might help you get better grades in your next biology class! Let's see what our skeleton friend is made of.

Step 2

How to draw a cartoon skeleton step 2

The shape of this skeleton is mostly made of circles and ovals. The arms and the legs are really thin. The ilium is an important part of this character. We also notice the vertebral column that is joined by the ilium and the ribs.

The human body is composed of (around) 206 bones. We will try to keep about 10 of them to draw our skeleton. But if you really want to be precise and sketch them all, then good luck! You might draw for a couple of hours before you end up with a perfect artwork!

Step 3

How to draw a cartoon skeleton step 3

Let's start practicing by drawing a circle for the head and a rectangle for the mandible (or the jaw, if you prefer). Next, draw 3 ovals to represent the ribs.

Join them with a rectangle and draw a small circle to form the ilium. Draw the legs and the arms using circles and ovals. You might want to add some shadows to complete your drawing.

Step 4

How to draw a cartoon skeleton step 4

Once again, you can always choose to draw a more realistic skeleton (4) or a funny one (1). Don't hesitate to use your imagination and sketch a skeleton with a big head (3) or one with long legs. The important is to represent the most important parts of the skeleton like the ilium, the skull, the ribs and the vertebral column. Good luck!


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