How to Draw Jack Skellington!
Artists of Any Age Can Draw This!
SPOOKY SEASON IS COMING UP! So, we thought we'd do this AWESOME tutorial on How to Draw Jack Skellington, one of Tim Burton's most beloved characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
With Halloween coming up really soon, my student Brayden (featured in this video) suggested we learn to draw Jack Skellington. This iconic character created by Tim Burton, is the subject of this video, part of our "I Can Draw That!" series. It's an easy illustration for all ages and uses supplies that you will most likely have around your house.
Follow our easy steps and feel free to pause the video anytime you want to slow down or need to catch up.
Hope you have fun drawing with Brayden and me!
P.S., If you'd like to show us how your drawing came out, please post it on Instagram and tag it with @artclassesforkids!
Want to learn to SCULPT Jack Skellington? Check out the class in our FALL SEMESTER ART BOX!
About the Artist: Tim Burton
Tim Burton is a contemporary American artist who's really well known for his filmmaking, animation, and art. He is best known for his gothic fantasy and horror films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and more! How many Tim Burton movies h
ave you seen? 🤔His style is spooky and funky, but really distinct.
What You'll Need
- Sheet of white paper (card stock or watercolor paper is ideal)
- Sharpie or black marker
- Colored pencils
First, let's use masking tape around the edges of our paper so that way, at the end of our project, we can take the tape off and our art will have a border, like a frame. Beautiful!
Step 1: Draw Jack's Face
To draw our drawing, first we're going to draw the shapes on the table, then draw the table, shading and details, and fill everything in. So first, we have to decide on the composition of your drawing, which means figuring out where everything will be on the page and how big everything is. We want our drawing to take up most of the page, so make sure you draw your objects BIG to fill in all of the space!
Let's start with drawing Jack's head. He has a BIG circular shaped head, so draw a big circle for his head toward the top of your paper. Then, draw BIG circles for Jack's eyes - like the size of an Oreo cookie! You can fill them in or cross hatch them. PRO TIP: Cross hatching is an advanced technique where you make a bunch of lines in one direction, and then fill in with lots of lines in the other direction - like drawing lots of tic-tac-toe squares.
Step 2: Add Details to Jack's Face
Next, let's draw Jack's nose. His nose is more like nostrils. Let's draw two watermelon seeds for his nostrils and fill them in black. PRO TIP: Jack Skellington is symmetrical, which means anything we do on the left side of his face, we also do to the right side. Everything is the same!
Now, let's draw Jack's mouth. This is one of his most distinct features! Draw a slightly wiggled "U" shape that follows the bottom of the face for his mouth. You can do a simple stitch by drawing lines across his smile, or you can do the advanced technique Kim shows in the video that are curved, like stitches on a baseball.