Step-by-Step on How to Draw Armor

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Step-by-Step on How to Draw Armor
Armour designs can branch off in many ways (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Knowing how to draw armour can act as a great tool for any artist. Whether it's developing a fantastic character, or creating a realistic still life, armour acts as a great visual resource. Because there are so many ways to draw armour, it is a good idea to practice drawing a basic armour scheme first. Although drawing armour might seem difficult, all one needs to create armour designs is basic knowledge in still-life drawing.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Black pen
  • Drawing paper
  • Eraser

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  1. 1

    Begin by sketching the outline of your armour. Start by creating the basic form of a person and drawing the armour over it. Press lightly with your pencil and focus on getting a proportional outline. Define the basic shapes for all parts of the armour. Make sure they all lay naturally over your human sketch.

  2. 2

    Correct any mistakes you find in your outline. Begin to draw the inner details of your armour by adding necessary buckles, straps and openings found within armour. Work slowly and be creative with the positioning of your details.

  3. 3

    Check the proportions of your armour, and make sure the drawing is balanced. Add the effect of chainmail under the armour by drawing it in the spaces between armour pieces. Use half circles to quickly create a realistic chainmail effect.

  4. 4

    Review the details of your armour, and make adjustments where necessary. Darken the entire picture using a pencil and begin lightly shading in your picture. Add any extra accessories to your armour such as swords and knives.

  5. 5

    Ink your drawing with a black pen for a finalised look. Work slowly and adjust any mistakes before inking. Darken your shadows and highlights for a realistic look.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a reference picture if you're having trouble creating armour from memory.
  • Be sure to look at different types of armour designs. This will allow you to create more unique and elaborate armour sets.
  • Explore both fantastic and realistic armour designs to get a better feel for drawing armour.
  • Practice drawing regularly to increase the quality of your work.
  • Examine other artists and their techniques for drawing armour. This will help you develop your own skills as an artist.

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