How to Draw a Knight's Armor

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How to Draw a Knight's Armor
Learn to draw a suit of armour to impress your friends and family. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A full-sized suit of a knight's armour is impressive and can make a powerful statement in your home. If you don't have the space for a large suit of armour, consider drawing a sketch of one to add to the ambience and decor of a room. Enhance drawing skills by using contour line, hatching, crosshatching and scumbling. Impress your friends and family by hanging your sketch in a prominent place in your home.

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Things you need

  • Glossy photo paper
  • Set of graphite pencils
  • Easel
  • Drawing paper
  • Eraser
  • Gray, blue and black coloured pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener

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  1. 1

    Print a picture of a suit of armour. Choose a high a quality image and print it on glossy photo paper.

  2. 2

    Draw a grid. With a ruler and pencil, draw vertical and horizontal lines to create 1-inch squares over the printed image. Smaller squares will make it easier to draw, while larger squares will include more outline and shapes in each square.

  3. 3

    Set up your workspace. Put an easel near a strong source of light. Secure a sheet of drawing paper to your easel. Tape the image near your easel. Draw a grid on your paper using a ruler and pencil to create 1-inch squares.

  4. 4

    Draw the outline. Using the image as a guide, start sketching the helmet of the knight's armour. Work with an HB or medium soft pencil to create your outline. Draw the contours of the helmet. Take advantage of your grid to help you accurately proportion the beginning of your sketch.

  5. 5

    Continue drawing the armour. Draw the neck plate, chest plate, shoulder and arm pieces, gloves, legging and footwear. Draw only the contours of each piece and do not add any shading.

  6. 6

    Take a step back and evaluate your work. Erase and make adjustments as needed to make sure all portions of the armour match with each other to get the correct proportion.

  7. 7

    Add shadow and highlights. Scumble, hatch or crosshatch the details to create depth in your armour sketch. Scumbling involves using a scribbled or figure-eight drawing motion; hatching uses fine, closely drawn parallel lines to create detail; and crosshatching creates depth by using small "X" shape marks on the page. Use these techniques to create dark and light values to your sketch to create realism.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your pencils are sharp.
  • Use silver, grey and blue coloured pencils to add a hint of colour to your armour sketch.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling graphite dust.

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