How to Draw a Knight Helmet

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“The knight is a man of blood and iron, a man familiar with the sight of smashed faces and the ragged stumps of lopped-off limbs; he is also a demure, almost maiden-like, guest in a hall, a gentle, modest, unobtrusive man.

He is not compromise or happy mean between ferocity and meekness; he is fierce to the nth and meek to the nth.

The man who combines both characters – the knight – is not a work of nature but of art; of that art which has human beings, instead of canvas or marble, for its medium.” ― C.S. Lewis

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The knight in shining armor, mounted on his steed. A glorious medieval castle. A ferocious fire-breathing dragon and a damsel in distress.

You can learn how to draw a knight helmet to complete this storied scene.

Helmets, also known as sallets, like the one in this cartoon drawing tutorial were a typical part of a knight's armor during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe. They were based on earlier plumed Roman designs.

Helmets protected the knight during warfare or jousting competitions. A joust was a mock battle in which participants used lances to try to knock each other from their horses.

Jousting tournaments can still be observed at renaissance faires today. Suits of armor, knights, and helmets appear in countless books, television shows, cartoons, and movies. The knight archetype is that of protector and hero.

The lives of knights and their exploits have been romanticized in literature for centuries. Are you ready to build your armor, good sir knight? In this case, the pen is mightier than the sword. Ready your drawing implements, for the battle is at hand!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Horse, Knight, and Cartoon Castle.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Knight Helmet

Knight Helmet drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 01

1. Begin by drawing two long, overlapping curved lines to outline the shape of the helmet. Notice that the lines do not intersect on one side.

Knight Helmet drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 02

2. Next, use a series of curved lines that meet at sharp or rounded points to outline the visor.

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How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 03

3. Use curved lines to outline a narrow bent rectangle on the visor. This is the slit that allows the knight to see. Contour the top of the visor with a curved line.

Knight Helmet drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 04

4. Draw a series of narrow diagonal rectangles and a curved line across the bottom of the visor. This is known as the vent-tail. Draw a small circle on the upper corner of the visor, indicating the screw or hinge.

Knight Helmet drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 05

5. Outline the gorget - the portion of the helmet that protects the neck. Use overlapping curved lines.

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How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 06

6. Detail the gorget with additional curved lines, one across its center and one below it, connected on both sides. Draw small circles between the sections. These are the screws or bolts that hold the armor together.

Knight Helmet drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 07

7. Draw a diagonal line across the side of the gorget, and draw two small circles beside it. Then, begin to sketch the plum or crest, erasing as necessary. First, enclose a curved rectangle near the top of the helmet. Then, use overlapping curved lines to begin sketching the plume.

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How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 08

8. Continue drawing the cloudlike plume of fur or feathers. Use curved and "U" shaped lines of various sizes.

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How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 09

9. Complete the plume using curved lines, which meet at a point at the tip. Texture the plume with additional curved lines.

Complete Knight Helmet drawing
How to Draw a Knight Helmet Step 10

Color your cartoon of a knight's helmet. The armor itself is usually silver or grey. The plum was commonly red, purple, yellow, or black.

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