How to Draw a Cartoon Pirate

Are you a big fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, and want to draw your own pirate? Perhaps you need to draw a cartoon pirate for a school project or greeting card? Maybe you're celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Whatever your reasoning, follow this step-by-step how to for instructions on drawing your own cartoon pirate!

Steps

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    Use a pencil to draw a circle, which will be the pirate's head.
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    Draw a half-circle below the head, which will be the pirate's body and stomach area.
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    Add the pirate's legs, one being a peg-leg, of course.
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    Draw the pirate's arms and hand.
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    In the pirate's right hand, draw a sword.
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    Draw the pirate's hat.
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    Draw the pirate's ears, with a matching set of earrings.
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    Add the pirate's facial features, starting with drawing his nose and facial hair.
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    Draw the pirate's eyes, with an eye-patch over one of the eyes.
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    Detail the pirate's sword.
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    Improve detail in the pirate's sleeve, arm, hand and fingers.
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    Include detail in the pirate's legs and feet, including drawing a boot.
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    Use your eraser to remove any stray lines. Then color your pirate and you're finished!

Tips

  • Coloring in your drawing will add a nice touch.
  • Using a pencil instead of a pen or marker makes fixing mistakes much easier as you can simply erase and redraw, instead of starting over.
  • Remember that you can finish your main drawing and then take some extra time to add some detail so it looks more realistic. This article is showing you to draw a cartoon pirate, but drawing a more realistic pirate would grab some attention to some people, while drawing a "cartoonish" pirate would be attractive to young children.
  • Of course, there are other ways of drawing a pirate. However, some drawings would be too complex for easy drawing.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

Sources and Citations

  • VideoJug - Original source of information, shared with permission
  • Stephen Marchant, Cartoon Museum, London

Article Info

Categories: Drawing People and Features