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How To Draw A Pirate Step By Step With Illustrations

Updated on January 12, 2012

Drawing A Pirate - Step One - Basic Figure Drawing

How to draw a pirate. the beginning drawing of the pirate figure.
How to draw a pirate. the beginning drawing of the pirate figure.

Draw A Pirate

 Drawing a pirate takes some imagination and some good old fashioned reference of some pirates....not the modern day kind though, they are quite boring. Let us take a look back at Pirates of old and what you will find here is a drawing tutorial that shows you how to draw a basic Pirate.

Pirates are classic characters and they lend themselves to looking quite dodgy very well. The first sketching process is the simplist and that is to find the body shape of the pirate and how it will look, I either do one sketch like below or sometimes it does take a few atempts at getting the pirate figure right.

The shapes are generally drawn lie circles and all the main muscles are sketched this way, this is a really simple way of laying out the muscles of a figure and that's what I've done below....

Draw A Pirate - Step Two Solid Figure Workout

How to draw a pirate. the figure drawing gets developed.
How to draw a pirate. the figure drawing gets developed.

How To Draw A Pirate

 Continuing our pirate drawing tutorial, we can see in the image to our right that the figure is starting to look more figure like and less like a lego man, and that's how we approach the drawing process, we sketch and build, sketch and build all the time, until our job is done.

More often than not, I do this drafting process on my lightbox as it is far quicker to draw a character in stages than it is to create one out of nothing. Sometimes you'll hit lucky with a fast drawing, but nine times out of ten, the secrets in the sketch structure sculptures that you sketch out along the way.


Drawing A Pirate Step Three Muscle And Mass

How to draw a pirate.  Adding detail to a pirate figure.
How to draw a pirate. Adding detail to a pirate figure.

Draw A Pirate

 The Pirate drawing is coming together nicely now and the figure has been worked out fairly well, considering this is just a drawing tutorial. I've added more details to the muscles and the pirates bandana is clearly defined.

You can add more to the pirate if you wish, as this is a bare bones pirate really and they don't have to look like mine when you draw your very own Pirate and of course that's when good reference photos come in handy, although I've drawn this from one of my sons pirate action figures as they are a breath of inspiration to draw.

Moving on....

Draw A Pirate Step Four - Finish The Pirate Drawing

How to draw a pirate. Finished almost pirate sketch.
How to draw a pirate. Finished almost pirate sketch.

Drawing A Pirate

 The pirate when finishing off with a 5B pencil, I have added a few more details like hairy arms and a skull and crossbones emblem on the bandana and a few extra muscle lines and creases on the shirt.

Of course the sword I added in the last step, but it looks more defined now. Try and build your drawings like they are a puzzle to solve as drawing is quite like that really, problems can be solved by sketching and refining previous sketches, so always look for ways of drawing and better ways of sketching.

Draw yourself a pirate today!

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How To Draw A Pirate

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom


    • quicksand profile image


      8 years ago

      Both feature Jack Sparrow! :)

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah, clickbank pirate I've heard of, but not the adsense pirate, it seems there may be many pirates popping up as promotional tools lately!!

    • quicksand profile image


      8 years ago

      Have you seen the ClickBank Pirate and the Adsense Pirate? :)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Woahh, Just Like Woah! :D

    • oliversmum profile image


      8 years ago from australia

      waynet. Hi. Wow you make it look so easy.

      Our Grandson is having a Pirate as entertainment today for his 4th birthday. Everything in his life at the moment is Pirate related.

      I am going to practice drawing this Pirate as per your advice, hopefully I will succeed.

      Thank you for sharing these very easy to follow instructions with us. :) :)

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers all!

      I'm creating these drawing tutorials at a fast pace now with my new scanner and lightbox and other new tools that I am buying recently....going to order a HD flip camera soon as I have to get my mug on camera to introduce these tutorials on video or something.

      Cheers now....comments much appreciated.

    • LeonJane profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      'Arr jost in time for ye Hubpages marks ye spot competition' (that was supposed to be pirate talk) yet another awesome how to draw hub!

    • robertsloan2 profile image


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great sketch! Your pirate has heroic proportions and the jaw of a thug, he's wonderful. Must be the biggest pirate on board. Not the one I'd want to fence with - excellent!

    • LeanMan profile image


      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      My son will love trying this one with the skull and crossbones too.

    • Jane@CM profile image


      8 years ago

      Wayne, this is so cool. I'm sending this off to my friend, her son loves to draw pirates! j.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now Dobson and Kaltopsyd!

      This was a drawing tutorial that I had in my drafts for months!!!....glad I finally published it!!!

    • kaltopsyd profile image


      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      You're giving me some good stuff to dray, Waynet! I hope I can sit down over the holidays and go through all your Hubs. You may just give me some artwork to add on I'm due to update my profile. Thanks!

    • Dobson profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia

      Nice job Waynet! I am envious of all who draw because there is such talent invloved. My drawings come out lacking much. Nice tutorial!


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