How to Draw Chainmail

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How to Draw Chainmail
Chainmail is a great addition to drawings (armour on a stand image by Clarence Alford from

Chainmail is a type of armour from medieval times created from interwoven metal rings. It is worn like a regular piece of clothing and is seen in both movies and fantasy comics. The ability to draw chainmail is a useful skill for any aspiring artist to have. Adding chainmail to a character's costume helps create a powerful look with relative ease.

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Things you need

  • Drawing pencil
  • Black pen

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  1. 1

    Draw the chainmail's outline lightly using a pencil. Focus on just the outline and make sure the chainmail curves and bends like a natural piece of clothing.

  2. 2

    Draw closely grouped horizontal lines across the chainmail using a pencil. Do not draw the lines completely straight. Allow them to follow the natural bend of the clothing for a realistic look.

  3. 3

    Add half circles in between the horizontal lines with your pencil. Make sure the circles touch one another to create a realistic look.

  4. 4

    Darken your chainmail drawing with either a pencil or pen to finalise the piece. Add shading and highlights to enhance your chainmail's look.

Tips and warnings

  • Press lightly with your pencil at first. This makes corrections and touchups easier.
  • Study other artist's chainmail drawings to get an idea of what you want your chainmail to look like.
  • Observe pictures of chainmail to see how it looks and falls in real life.
  • It's better to be simple when first starting. Don't go overboard with detail.
  • The more practice the better. Once you start to get the hang of things create new methods to find what works best for you.

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