How to Draw a Pirate Hat

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How to Draw a Pirate Hat
The most common pirate hat is black and has a skull and crossbones on it. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Shiver me timbers, artists. So you're looking to draw a pirate's hat, are ye? In reality, pirates' hats probably came in several different forms, but there's one style that pop culture generally references and most people are familiar with. More accomplished artists may want to branch off and create their own variation, but ultimately the purpose of your drawing may determine how it looks. Feel free to get creative or stick to the basics.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Find several images of a pirate hat online or in books from the library. Look for something odd or unexpected if you've decided to go the less traditional route. A common and more recent example would be from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

  2. 2

    Set up the pictures or books around your drawing desk. Prop them up so you can have a guide to work from.

  3. 3

    Doodle and scribble for a while to practice. Focus on getting a basic idea down that you can start from for a final draft. According to "Pirate Arrrt!" by Rob Mcleay, "With a half an hour of warm-up your drawings will look relaxed and natural."

  4. 4

    Sketch a rough outline of the pirate hat. Most likely you'll be doing the front view. Make an oblong bulbous shape that crests in the middle with a hump.

  5. 5

    Round off the sides. Flatten out the very top of the hump in the middle. Include a border around the edges for decoration. Erase any portion you're unhappy with.

  6. 6

    Add the trademark skull and crossbones in the centre. Colour in everything dark but the skull and crossbones.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a pirate's head in the hat to give context to the drawing.

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