How to Draw a Knight
Learn how to draw a knight easy enough for beginners, start a sketch with this tutorial. A simple step-by-step guide.
In this simple step-by-step instruction, you can learn how to draw a knight in armor. This is the most harmonious sketching of a knight that you can find on the Internet because usually, drawings of knights are either very complex or not quite detailed. You don’t need a lot of skill to sketch this knight, just look at an example and follow each step carefully.
Knights are generally associated with the Middle Ages, fighting in their iron armor to defend the honor of their king. The armor of knights was different and forged by blacksmiths armor and swords individually for different knights. Usually, the more experienced and popular a knight is, the more unusual armor he has. Knights and their images are so popular that they are often used in fantasy, in various books, films, and games. Along with magicians, orcs, elves, and other creatures in the games, there are also knights who represented humanity in various battles between all.
Some interesting facts about knights: Knights did not always prefer hand-to-hand combat; the story tells of many knights who liked to use a bow rather than a sword. Tournaments, which are so popular in the history of knights, appeared in France and Germany, and then by this method of court through a duel on the battlefield they ended up in other medieval states of Europe. Although chivalry is a noble business, one should not forget that most of the knights in their youth were knights’ assistants and their squires. Thus, the young assistants of the knights acquired skills that were useful to them for future chivalry. The knights went on campaigns and battles together with several squires, and they also took spare horses with them. By the way, the armor of knights was made to order from noble blacksmiths, and they were very expensive because this is a long and painstaking work that was performed individually for each knight. It is for this reason that in the Middle Ages, blacksmiths were valued among the nobility.
The main attributes of a knight are his armor, sword, shield and horse. In our drawing guide, we used the image of a knight in a static position so that you can depict his helmet and the rest of his armor in the most detail.
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw a Knight
- Draw the outline of the helmet.
First sketch out the outline in the shape of the knight’s helmet, but this step is needed to understand what shape the knight’s helmet will be in the final form.
- Draw the details of the helmet.
Draw the slits of the helmet for the eyes, as well as the part of the helmet that rises so the knight can reveal his face.
- Draw the slits in the helmet.
On the bottom of the helmet, draw rectangular slots through which the knight breathes and speaks through the mask.
- Draw the plume of the helmet.
Draw a plume, which was often found on the comb of helmets in the medieval period and in antiquity.
- The upper part of the armor.
The shoulders, neck, lungs, and heart of a knight must be very well protected by armor. These pieces of armor you need to draw next following the example from this step.
- Arms and torso.
Draw the lines of the knight’s arms, as well as the armor of his torso.
- Draw the details of the armor.
The armor of knights is often patchy and consists of various metal plates and armor parts, detail the drawing by sketching different parts of the armor.
- Draw the gloves.
Sketch the knight’s gloves, depict each finger following the example from step.
- Detailing of gloves.
Make the knight’s metal gloves more realistic and detailed by sketching various lines.
- Draw a shield.
Draw a long shield under the knight’s right hand that rests on the ground.
- Draw a knight’s sword.
In the other hand of the knight, sketch his two-handed sword.
- Draw the faulds of the armor.
Draw the knight’s plate armor that protects the knight’s waist and hips. And also draw the leg of the knight.
- Leg details and sabaton.
Draw the armor plates on the legs, the hauberk texture, and the knight’s metal shoe called the sabaton. Do not forget that you can draw any symbol you like on the knight’s shield. In our example, we just depicted three stripes.
- Trace the sketch outlines.
You can trace a pencil sketch with a marker or a fountain pen with ink. This will make the final look of the drawing clearer and more beautiful.
- Color the knight artwork.
Color the final artwork of the knight. You can paint the armor in the same color as in the example, or simply in gray, which is similar to the color of the metal. The rest of the knight’s costume and his shield can also be painted in the colors you prefer.
On our site, you can improve your skills starting with the easiest lessons that you can find on the site bar, but you can also depict more complex images, for example, cars of various brands, or detailed sketches of people, and much more.
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