Skull Staff Pick

  • December 04, 2011
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: ColeHarris
  • License: CC-0
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Simple skull and teeth with displacement and color maps modeled in Blender and sculpted in Zbrush. Scene is setup for render in Cycles. Enjoy!


  • B.Y.O.B. profile picture

    Thank you very much for this fantastic model :)

    Edited December 04, 2011
  • metalix profile picture

    You have put a lot of work into this. Thanks for the share :D

    Edited December 04, 2011
  • ColeHarris profile picture

    Thanks Edgar! Yeah I only included displacements because cycles doesn't support normal maps yet, I should have included them anyways though. You can download theme from here though:

    There were 4.876 million polys at the highest sub level for the sculpt. Thanks

    Edited December 04, 2011
  • charles101 profile picture

    Hey! ColeHarris say if i wanted to use this model in one of my videos on youtube would i just need to credit you?

    Written October 24, 2016
  • marcdraco profile picture

    It's CC0 - no attribution required (not my model, just answering as a courtesy for others).

    If you're using it in a video, it's always good to give the creator credit or at least let them know where possible.

    Written July 01, 2017
  • Dannyryu profile picture

    "Simple skull and teeth with displacement and color maps modeled in Blender and sculpted in Zbrush. Scene is setup for render in Cycles. Enjoy!" this is not simple This is epic! Btw can i use this to make the Crystal Skull!

    Written December 05, 2011
  • ColeHarris profile picture

    Thanks Dannyryu! Yeah go ahead and use it for whatever you want.

    Happy Blending!

    Edited December 05, 2011
  • womble profile picture

    hi, bandwidth used up? won't let me download it. is there another way to get this? thx

    Written December 08, 2011
  • ColeHarris profile picture

    Hi guys thanks for all the great comments! Just wanted to let everyone know that when I setup this scene I was using an older version of cycles so some things wont work properly in newer versions (normal maps for example). I'm currently working on updating the blend so that everything is compatible with the latest version of cycles (2.61rc1) and will upload an updated blend as soon as I can. I'm also working on creating a scene for render with blender internal and will upload that as a separate blend as well. Thanks again for all the great feedback!

    Edited December 08, 2011
  • jezza153 profile picture

    now that is what i call a brilliant model, it looks very realistic, good job!!

    Edited December 13, 2011
  • chaad profile picture

    Nice work !

    Written January 30, 2012
  • YsUp12 profile picture

    Looks so real! Best skull made in blender!

    Written March 27, 2012
  • Joane profile picture


    Written March 31, 2012
  • m9105826 profile picture

    I'm trying to simulate a pile of skulls using this model, but it won't show up in the game engine. Any ideas?

    Written April 09, 2012
  • masterxeon1001 profile picture


    Written July 30, 2013
  • cmalex79 profile picture

    I'm trying to set this skull up in a scene, but it won't render with it's given materials. All I get is a glossy skull, basically. None of the normal maps or diffuse mapping is working. Any clue as to why? I've used a pre-BMesh and post-BMesh Win7-x64 build of 2.62, and I get the same results regardless.

    Written April 22, 2012
  • CodyWinch profile picture

    You have to save the images from blender to your harddrive before it will work and reload them into the node editor to work.

    Written April 23, 2012
  • Anthony P profile picture
    Anthony P

    Very realistic and incredibly detailed. If I ever need a skull for something, I know which one I'm using!

    Written April 23, 2012
  • chaitanyak profile picture


    Written July 06, 2012
  • cmalex79 profile picture

    Used it in this animation I did as a personal "for-fun" project:

    Edited July 06, 2012
  • webbv profile picture

    This maybe a silly question, but does anyone know why the skull looks pink when I render it in Cycles? I have had this problem with other blend files from Blendswap. Could someone please let me know what may be causing this.

    Edited July 18, 2012
  • cmalex79 profile picture

    See my reply to CEDRIC_B below.

    Written July 22, 2012
  • Cedric_B profile picture

    "You have to save the images from blender to your harddrive before it will work and reload them into the node editor to work."

    Hey guys, how you do that ? because I am a newbie... ;)

    Written July 22, 2012
  • cmalex79 profile picture

    Open the packed .blend, go into "File"-->"External Data"-->"Unpack Into Files" and select where you want the textures to go. You may have to go into the Cycles nodes and point to the new location, but that's about all you'll have to do.

    Edited July 22, 2012
  • Cedric_B profile picture

    Thank you so much :)

    Written July 22, 2012
  • hfloresu profile picture

    corrupted file, the download does not work

    Edited July 25, 2012
  • mofx profile picture

    Works perfectly for me @hfloresu, see it this helps.

    Edited July 26, 2012
  • Darkangael profile picture

    very realistic thank you

    Written August 08, 2012
  • Nickolas profile picture

    Nice model, and nice license. Good, very realistic.

    Written August 10, 2012
  • imibraimovic profile picture

    I found very realistic earning very good work

    Written September 05, 2012
  • Demian profile picture

    I think this file is broken in newer Blender versions. I'm getting a matte black skull. Nothing like in the preview image. The textures are packed and the node setup looks correct to me.

    Written September 09, 2012
  • Hrafn profile picture

    I have the same issue in Blender 2.64... textures are not showing its purple.

    Written November 07, 2012
  • masterxeon1001 profile picture

    best skull on the site

    Edited September 19, 2012
  • mofx profile picture

    @Demian @Hrafn, works fine for me in 2.64a. Not sure what the issue is on your side.

    Written November 07, 2012
  • aaammmstdddam profile picture

    wow. Just wow.

    How many polys is this? 40k, unlikley... 400k?

    Written November 28, 2012
  • EugeneKiver profile picture

    thank you for such a high quality model

    Written December 13, 2012
  • aad345 profile picture

    Awesome model, I used it here:

    Written January 14, 2013
  • AToasterWaffle profile picture

    nice bro!!!

    Written March 27, 2013
  • TheNewVai profile picture

    incredibly inspiring

    Written July 02, 2013
  • Arowx profile picture

    Great work, added to the Game Over screen of my Oculus Rift App SpaceWar.

    Written July 12, 2013
  • Ohbmajorv profile picture

    as my very first full animation render was drawing to a close (short youtube intro) I decided like im sure many of us do it was missing something. this is it. Hope i can make my idea come to life with this because people need to see this model man. amazing work I can only dream to be half this artistic one day!

    Written August 14, 2013
  • cadmar profile picture

    Great Skull! Thank you.

    Written August 31, 2013
  • arkangel profile picture

    Awsome skull, thanks for the use of it.Great job

    Written December 07, 2013
  • nergie profile picture

    I am totally amazed by the quality of the model and its lighting. It's a blend file which I can learn so much from. What a great work you have here. Thank you very much.

    Written February 01, 2014
  • jahjavjaz profile picture

    Amazing. must collect it

    Written April 02, 2014
  • chaitanyak profile picture

    thanks so much!

    Written December 10, 2014
  • Hammers profile picture

    Another little use for your skull, in this render:


    thanks for all your work.

    Written December 16, 2014
  • pedritoalegre profile picture

    Muchas gracias!!!

    Written January 31, 2015
  • Shakti profile picture

    Nice loooking model thank you

    Written May 08, 2015
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture


    Great work, man. I'm using it on my model of the War Rig from "Fury Road" :

    Written May 24, 2015
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    My new model of the War Rig from Mad Max uses your sulls on the front :) Check it out!

    Written May 31, 2015
  • miquib profile picture


    Written July 23, 2015
  • Faithfultennyson profile picture

    Thanks great job

    Written September 04, 2015
  • Rahn1908 profile picture

    Best skull i' ve seen!! Eliminates any thoughts of attempting one of my own, thnx a lot brother!

    Written September 17, 2015
  • JGajek profile picture

    I like IT!

    Written October 14, 2015
  • noemis84 profile picture

    Great skull model! I've recently seen it in our VR app (VRAIS) with my cardboard (including credit)...

    Written November 18, 2015
  • Blender276 profile picture

    Great Model! Keep up the good work

    Written December 31, 2015
  • lazyghoul profile picture

    Thank you, great model.

    Written February 05, 2016
  • oscarluis48 profile picture

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your model. It looks great.

    Written February 12, 2016
  • Ibanessie profile picture

    Bloody Amazing!

    Written February 29, 2016
  • falynson profile picture

    woooww amazing tanks :)

    Written June 12, 2016
  • Platonic profile picture

    Fantastic! I wish I had your skill :)

    Written August 18, 2016
  • tabehe profile picture

    Great work - great job thank you very much sharing with us

    Written September 01, 2016
  • Ibanessie profile picture

    Great model man, thanks so much! Topology is awesome, everything looks so good! I made this little scene with your model

    Edited February 18, 2017
  • DxAngelo profile picture

    This is awesome wow

    Written February 23, 2017
  • hfmm99 profile picture

    Great model, I would like to know how did you generate that texture? I need to model a horse skull, and I don't know how to create the material. Thanks.

    Written February 24, 2017
  • zlo0sov profile picture

    Hoi ! I have aquestion - if i use your model as a refrence , but majorly alter it, should i still give you credit?

    Written April 28, 2017
  • Dark1knight profile picture

    Hey, thanks for the awesome asset! I used your skull in creating a throne here is the link and thank you!

    Written June 07, 2017
  • Boschdog03 profile picture

    Fantastic Model. Thanks Alot

    Written June 11, 2017
  • mashhood profile picture

    Looks Realistic..Thanks

    Written June 28, 2017
  • Blendamental profile picture

    Thank you for releasing this as CC-0. It opens up more usage possibilities!

    Written August 22, 2017
  • psychare0 profile picture

    Permission to use and reshape the mesh into a demonic figure for a live action short I am doing? Ill give you credit and a link to your channel.

    Written October 17, 2017
  • MGSTUDIOS profile picture

    this looks awesome

    Written February 07, 2018
  • therealberniesanders profile picture


    Written July 01, 2018
  • marcdraco profile picture

    As a CC0 - someone else could have claimed it. I wonder if the BlendSwap staff have addressed this?

    Written February 16, 2019
  • 0o00o0oo profile picture

    Hey, thanks so much for the model! An anamorphic version was 3D printed and used in a Zach King video here:

    Written March 22, 2019
  • syloh profile picture


    Written October 23, 2019
  • Noel profile picture

    Puedo utilizar este modelo para una animacion con futura destinaciĆ³n YouTube?

    Written November 10, 2019
  • kamalesmandal profile picture

    Thanks! I used it in one of my small project

    Written April 02, 2020
  • Blender Unit profile picture
    Blender Unit

    Made this render with the model: Thanks for the great share!

    Written December 01, 2020
  • Happy_Koi_1966 profile picture

    Thanks man this should work for my personal project :)

    Written March 30, 2021
  • nemesis1962 profile picture

    Thank you very much

    Written October 07, 2021
  • NrZero profile picture

    Thanks! I will use it for my game

    Written June 05, 2022
  • kabiriss profile picture

    Thanks a bunch , can you please upload the maps again the link of dropbox is not working .. if you have them ofc i see its since 2010. i guess it was a pain in the a$$ i render it on 3060 ti and was butter smooth but with your setting on CPU i can only imagine, how hard it could have been perfect work anyways

    Written July 20, 2022