How to Draw a Pirate Ship

Artist: Dawn / December 7, 2008

Step 1.

Okay start this first step by drawing out the guidelines and shapes of the pirate ship as shown. Start with an oval circle for the shape of the hull and then draw all the remaining guidelines for the sails and the three mast.

Step 2.

Now what you will do next is draw out the shape of the boat and the long shape in the front which is called the bowsprit. Next draw out the lining for the shrouds which are the net like sails in the front of the sails themselves and then the vertical   

Step 3.

You will begin adding the sail shapes on each mast pole as shown to you here and then draw in the window like shapes along the hull. You will color them in as well and then start detailing the boat by add in some small lines to show that it is wood.

Step 4.

This is your last drawing step and what you will do is draw out the birds nest and detail all the sails by adding wrinkle lines. You will then draw out a skull on the mid sail on the bottom of the main mast pole. Start erasing all the guidelines and    

Step 5.

Once you are done your pirate ship should come out looking like the one you see here. All you have to do now is color it in and add some water. I hope you liked this tutorial on how to draw a pirate ship step by step.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: December 7, 2008
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