Find out how to draw a bright, happy Day of The Dead skull on a skateboard deck.

While some people think of skulls as scary, Day of the Dead skulls are actually happy and considered quite beautiful in Mexico where they are commonly found at the annual Dia De Los Muertos festival. People believe that the dead come back to spend time with their families on October 31st. Sugar skulls, along with gifts of food and drinks are commonly left at an alter covered in candles so their deceased family members can enjoy the party!

What you’ll need:

  • Skate Deck

  • Sketch book

  • Sketch pencil

  • Acrylic Paint Pens

  • Some inspiration!
     

STEP 1: FIND SOME INSPIRATION

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Feel free to come up with something completely new but if you need some inspiration you can do a google image search for Day of The Dead skulls and/or download our PDF below. Sketch some ideas into your sketch book to work out your design before transferring it to the skateboard deck.

STEP 2: SKETCH YOUR DESIGN

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Once your set on something take your sketch pencil and start sketching straight onto the skate deck under the holes where your trucks go.

STEP 3: SET UP YOUR PAINT PENS

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Shake up the pens with the lid on. Take the lid off and press the pen down on some paper. You’ll have to hold down for longer than you think to get the paint flowing - don’t give up! Once the nib is full of paint you’re ready to go.

STEP 4: PAINT YOUR BACKGROUND

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Do your background colour first. The deck is made of unfinished plywood and is porous so you may need to go over the colour a few times to get it nice and opaque without any paint lines.

Start from the top and work your way down so you don’t smudge your work.

STEP 5: DRAW IN THE DETAILS

Once your background is nice and dry start on your details. Make sure your pen has enough colour but not too much that it will spill onto your background colour. Give it a few presses now and then when it starts getting dry.  Colour from left to right and top to bottom so you don’t smudge your work.

Once your background is nice and dry start on your details. Make sure your pen has enough colour but not too much that it will spill onto your background colour. Give it a few presses now and then when it starts getting dry.

Colour from left to right and top to bottom so you don’t smudge your work.

STEP 6: ADD MORE PAINT (IF NECESSARY)

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Once you have finished the design admire your handiwork. If the paint looks a little thing after drying just get your paint pens and go over any light patches until your happy. Go back over the background again making sure the lines are sharp and straight.

STEP 7: HANG IT OR SKATE IT

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Now that your work is complete you need to show it off. Hang it on your wall for a nice piece of art or put on your trucks, wheels, and grip tape and start shredding.

NICE WORK!

Download your printable version of this tutorial below. Feel free to print in black and white.