The breakaway from tradition comes at this point. The old time black smith would thin the section down where the nose will be. Then bend it back upon itself. It is much easier to cut the section off just above where the nose goes, then weld the cut off piece coming off for the neck. Then go back and re- heat the whole thing. Shape the nose, eyes, and neck, centerpunch the holes. Grind off the welds, heat and hammer the area afterwards.
(Maybe I should move this from the art section to the tech section.)
On this knife stand I twisted the rest of the bar and shaped the rest for the butt of the knife.
I know this is not how you make a skull, but you have to get past this point to continue.