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Human Skull Anatomy | Reference Images for Artists

As an artist, it’s important to go back to the basics every now and then. That’s what I’ve decided to do, and what’s more basic than studying skeletal anatomy? Here’s a series of human skull anatomy images that I find particularly useful for learning how to draw a human skull. All the images are in the public domain, created by artists that have been dead for hundreds of years. Nonetheless, their illustrations are incredibly detailed and accurate.

Human Skull Anatomy Reference Sheet

Human Skull Anatomy

In order to download the human skull anatomy reference sheet, click on the image below. This will prompt a save-as dialogue box for the high resolution 300 dpi 8.5″ x 11″ jpeg file. I hope these images help you with your art! -Tim

About the Anatomy Artists

The first two human skull anatomy images are by William Cheselden (1688-1752). Underneath are the medical illustrations of Govard Bidloo (1649-1713), and to the right are the renderings by Joseph Vimont (1795-1857).

William CheseldenWilliam Cheselden was a 19th century English surgeon and anatomy teacher. He was a member of the Royal Society in London. His work, Anatomy of the Human Body, is available at archive.org


Govard_BidlooGovard Bidloo was a 18th century Dutch physician and anatomist. He was also a member of the Royal Society in London. In 1685 he published Anatomia Hvmani Corporis. The illustration plates were created by Gerard de Lairesse.

Joseph Vimont was a 19th century French phrenologist. He published Traité de phrénologie humaine et comparée from 1832 to 1835. No portrait illustration of him is available.

Credit: The illustrations for the above reference image sheet and the information about Joseph Vimont were found on Historical Anatomies on the WebThe information about the William Cheselden and Govard Bidloo was found on Wikipedia.

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  • Chris 07/20/2013, 5:19 pm

    Thanks dude,where were you a year ago? Could have used these back then. Any room for another lost soul you can tutor? I think we’re about the same age,but I just never can seem to get my sh#t together. I’d love to talk to you about some of the ideas that are stuck in my head. Artistic people seem to be few and far between in my life these days. That and my love for drawing/sketching is none existent,which is kind of weird because it was the only thing I could do as a child. Anyway,I’m babbling. Thanks for the Jpeg,dude. I love pictures that actually have a high DPI. Cheers…

    • Tim van de Vall 07/20/2013, 6:46 pm

      Hi Chris, I’m glad I was able to help. Yes, I do offer one-one-one tutoring sessions, and I’d be happy to chat about it over email. -Tim


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Tim van de Vall is a digital artist who specializes in cartooning and illustration. As a citizen of the Netherlands living in the United States, Tim’s artistic style has been influenced by both American and European comic strips. Much of Tim’s art is intended for kids and focuses on the themes of adventure, exploration and imagination. When he’s not working at his drawing table, Tim makes educational materials for his blog. You can find Tim on .