How to Draw Shields

Artist: PuzzlePieces / February 17, 2011

Step 1.

Now first off, we're going to discuss the different types and shapes of shields. Over the next two steps, we'll go over them and their functions. A buckler is a small round shield and was used my infantry groups and those who prefer smaller weapons s   

Step 2.

Next up we have heater shields. They were much like the parma shields. They are called heater shields because they are sort of shaped like the bottom of a flat iron. Ans scutum shields. Also known as tower shields, these were designed to cover most o   

Step 3.

Most shields are just the body of the the shield and a set of en armes (a set of straps on the backside of the shield to hold onto or slip your arm though. Some shields however, have something called a boss. This is a round protrusions found in the m   

Step 4.

Another part that some shields have is called a bouche. This is a part of the shield at the top, that is cut out in order for someone to rest a lance or spear while charging in with an attack, making it easier to keep the weapon lifted and straight t   

Step 5.

The three main things that shields were normally made from are wood, hide or leather, and metal. Wood and hide shields were light and easy to carry and make. Wooden shields were made from one or several pieces of wood, held together with metal suppor   

Step 6.

Normal decorations for a shield would often consist of either painting or etchings or a family crest or would be painted with bright colors to draw aim from range weapons more towards the shield instead of the body because it was easier to hit a brig   

Step 7.

Now how about we do a practice piece. We'll do a heater shield because it's a common one and it can be fun to draw. We'll start with a square that will be the main part of the body.

Step 8.

Then we'll draw out the top and the bottom parts of the shield, bringing each to a point.

Step 9.

Then we'll add the lines that will represent the boarder from the rest of the shield where the metal has been folded over.

Step 10.

From there we'll add reinforcements at each corner, bringing each one to a point and riveting each one into place.

Step 11.

Next we can start on the design on the center of the shield. You can do something different if you choose, but I'm going to show you how to draw a bird on the shield face. We'll draw a circle with a triangle to the side for the head, an egg shape for   

Step 12.

Next we'll add more details, giving the bird and eye and feet while bringing the body to more of a point where the tail will meet.

Step 13.

Finally we'll add the shape of the feathers and tail.

Step 14.

And there you have it. How do draw a shield. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I can't wait to see how yours came out!

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Artist: PuzzlePieces
Date Added: February 17, 2011
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