How to Draw a Helicopter

Artist: Dawn / January 6, 2008

Step 1.

Okay first start out by making the line art for the frame of the chopper. This actually looks like an ice cream cone with a tail. See the bottom half is the cone and the top half is the ice cream.

Step 2.

After you get the frame work down start adding the details like the landing feet a few lines for the dimensions and the lines for the tail end.

Step 3.

As you can see just by those few steps you can already see the Cobra coming out. In this step with I had difficulty in, you have to put even more details now to show exactly what everything is, the cockpit windows, the gun barrels, the bracket for th   

Step 4.

In this step again more details. This project if you think about it is a little complex because of all the detailing. A lot of line art is involved. On this visible side here you can see the missile barrels. Sketch out the blades and the missile barr   

Step 5.

That it your done. all that is left to do is color your art work and please do better then I did.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: January 6, 2008
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Description: The AH-1 Cobra is nothing more then an attacking military machine that was used in Vietnam. The Cobra was also used to transport weapons and to target them on point. This chopper is sometimes called the “HueyCobra” or the “Snake”. This flying attack bird was at one point part of the U.S. Army attack fleet in the mid-sixties. Since that time it was upgraded with an Apache. I thought it might be cool to make a tutorial that provides step by step instructions on how to draw a military helicopter. I know my drawing of this chopper is not great and that is because I normally don’t draw things like this. I tried to give the Cobra as much detail I could but the photograph I was using was a bit blurry so I’m sure it's not as accurate. The image looks short to, and that is because I was trying to give the appearance of the chopper being seen on an angle. This is definitely something I intend on improving over time. Just seeing how warped the image came out I’m going to practice drawing it some more and put up a better helicopter. This particular sketch took me about two hours to draw. I’m sure someone more experienced can do better but at least the blue print is out there. Well make the best of it and I’m sure you can do better just learn from my mistakes.