How to Draw Pirates

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STEP 1. We're going to start from the top and work our way down when it comes to tips today. Pirates wear hats for a a couple different reasons. To show rank and to keep the hot sun off their heads. There are different styles of hats from a tricorn hat (a hat with three corners), a decorated hat (normally word by a captain), and hats of many different shapes and styles. Pirates also wear bandannas and head scarves to keep the sun off their heads.   STEP 2. Just like hats, there are different types of eye patches as well. There is the standard stereotypical eyepatch consisting of a circle or oval with strings or a band to hold it on. There is a more secure style (and my personal favorite)with three strands coming off from the patch and connecting at the back of the head. Another is a fabric patch that is a strap of cloth with the patch connected to it and then another that is pretty much just a bandaged that has been wrapped around the head and over the eye.   STEP 3. Pirates really don't have much time to deal with grooming, and really, out on the sea, there isn't anyone that you need to impress either. They will normally wear it messy, matted, or if they need it out of their face, sloppily pulled back and held with some string or cord.   STEP 4. Women generally have longer hair and keep it tied back. Whether it be braids, a head band or a bun, any one of these works. Also you can always have them have shorter boy-style hair   STEP 5. Facial hair also comes in different styles. A small goatee and mustache, bushy eyebrows, a long full beard tied together with some cord or braided. Mustaches can be curled up or down and be pencil thin or thick and connecting to the rest of the facial hair. Beards can cover just eh jawline or grow up the cheek and connect to sideburns and the hairline.   STEP 6. Pirates are cheap and their wardrobes normally consist of a miss matched set of clothes. Whatever they can get second hand for cheap, or even better, free, they'll wear. Same goes for boots, though when you're working on a wet deck, you'll get more traction on the wood with bare feet, so normally on a ship, a deckhand pirate will go without footwear.   STEP 7. women will often wear more feminine clothing in combination with secondhand attire, wearing a skirt or frilled blouse along with a pair of ratty trousers and a worn leather vest.   STEP 8. Accessories for pirates have either a use; such as a sturdy belt, a compass or scarf, or a sentimental value, such as jewelry or a medallion that might have been part of their first raid.   STEP 9. Pirates utilize all sorts of different weapons and know how to use them, even if that means how to fight dirty with them. A saber or rapier is great for stabbing and thrusting. A dagger, great for sneaking up and stabbing someone in the back, or it can be used to parry or catch an opponent's blade. Cutlasses and Kopeshes are good for broad her strikes while axes are good for chopping (not only rope but also it can cut through a few fingers just as easily). Pistols are great while at a range to keep your enemy back and out of arms reach.   STEP 10. Sometimes battles and raids can end with misfortune and a pirate might need a substitute limb or two. Peg legs will keep them up and moving around and hooks will give them at least a little use, though it isn't nearly as good as your old hand.   STEP 11. Now that we've gone over all of that, we'll go through drawing a pirate. First, like all pictures, you want to start with a structure or frame showing the different parts of the body and how you want your figure to be posed.   STEP 12. from there we'll start adding in details, working form top to bottom. We'll define the shape of the head and draw in the face. I've only drawn one eye because I'm giving him an eye patch.   STEP 13. Next we'll defines the other features of the head, such as scars, facial hair, hairline and piercings and also an eye patch if you wish to add one.   STEP 14. From there we'll start connecting his head to the rest of the body, drawing his neck. We'll connect that neck to a pair of shoulders and a chest and start drawing his shirt as well.   STEP 15. We'll add some details to that shirt, such as trim and laces, as well as define where the shirt ends. We'll give him a vest with some buttons as well.   STEP 16. Next we'll give him some arms and hands. I'm going to give him clenched fists so that later we can put stuff in his hands. I also gave him a pair of bracers to protect his forearms.   STEP 17. And of course we can't have him walking around with pants...or legs for that matter. We'll give him short pants, that way they'll keep out of the water and not get soaked.   STEP 18. From there we'll finish off his legs and give him some feet.   STEP 19. We'll add a few last details to our pirate. A medallion around his neck, a rolled up map in one hand and an ax in the other.   STEP 20. And there you have it, a pirate.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20.