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How to Draw a Bow and Arrow

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The bow and arrow is an ancient weapon. In the past, it was used in warfare, and today is still used in recreational sports and in hunting. Historically, bows and arrows were made of wood, with an arrowhead of bone, stone, or metal. Today, many are crafted of lightweight materials such as fiberglass.

Bows and arrows were used historically in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Some of the oldest arrowheads have been found in Africa, dating back thousands of years.

Children are often introduced to archery via animated films. Some popular Disney films featuring bows and arrows include Brave, Robin Hood, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, The Sword and the Stone, Hercules, and Mulan.

Another instance of archery in popular culture can be found in The Hunger Games's Katniss Everdeen. Katniss once used her prowess as an archer to feed her family. Later, she used a silver bow and arrow to survive the Games.

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Would you like to learn how to draw a cartoon bow and arrow? This is a simple and step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. Get your pencil and paper ready... let's draw!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Arrow, Katana, and Cupid.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bow and Arrow

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 01

1. Begin by drawing the tip of the bow. Draw two series of connected curved lines, and attach them on each end using a curved line. Extend curved lines upward from each side, and double one back to meet the other, enclosing the tip.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 02

2. Band the string notch with curved lines. Then, extend a pair of curved lines below it to begin outlining the upper limb of the bow. Draw a curved line down its center.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 03

3. Next, begin drawing the handle riser section. Draw a curved line across the bottom of the limb, and attach its two ends using another curved line. Then, extend two series of connected curved lines beneath it to form the grip.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 04

4. Draw a curved line across the bottom of the grip, and connect its two ends using an additional curved line. Then, draw curved lines across the grip to texture it. Finally, extend a long curved line to form the back of the lower limb - the side facing away from the archer.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 05

5. Draw the face of the lower limb - the side facing the archer - using a long curved line. Connect the two sides with a curved line. Then, draw two series of short, connected, curved lines to form the string notch. Connect these using a short curved line. Draw a curved line down the center of the lower limb.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 06

6. Draw a pair of straight lines to outline the shaft of the arrow; erase as necessary. Connect them with a short line on one end.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 07

7. Draw a small curved rectangle at the top of the shaft. Then, draw a curved line at the top of the rectangle, extending beyond its sides. From each end of this line, extend a straight line. Allow them to meet at a point, forming the arrowhead. Draw a straight line down its center.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 08

8. Draw a set of straight, parallel lines between the base of the arrow's shaft and the lower string notch. This forms one half of the bowstring. Behind it, use connected curved lines to sketch the fletching, or feathers.

Bow and Arrow drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 09

9. Use curved lines to draw the fletching on the opposite side of the arrow. Then, draw a pair of straight, parallel lines from the fletching to the upper string notch, completing the bowstring.

Complete Bow and Arrow drawing
How to Draw a Bow and Arrow Step 10

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