How to Draw a Knight

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Who were the knights? In its earliest form, knighthood in medieval Europe consisted of professional cavalry, or soldiers on horseback. To become a knight, a young boy would receive training and then be apprenticed to a knight as his weapons bearer. When he had sufficient skills, and his armor and weapons could be afforded, he would be "knighted" - a ceremony often involving the touch of a sword on the shoulders. This practice still survives today.

Knights have become romanticized in popular culture, and this is no modern invention - romance novels have included knights since at least 1000 CE. A "knight in shining armor" has come to symbolize the romantic hero, and such characters feature prominently in film and literature.

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The military prowess of knights faded with the invention of gunpowder. Today, knighthood is an honorary title bestowed upon a person by royalty to honor some service performed.

Would you like to draw a knight in shining armor? You can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ ​a ​Knight

How to Draw Knight: Step 1

1. ​​​Begin drawing the helmet using a circle. Within the circle, draw two curved lines. Extend a set of straight, parallel lines downward from the curved lines. Then, enclose a curved square shape alongside each of these lines. This creates the faceplate of the helmet.

How to Draw Knight: Step 2

2. ​​​​​​​​​Enclose the armor's breastplate beneath the helmet. Use a series of curved lines, meeting at rounded corners. Notice how the armor curves inward just above the waist.

How to Draw Knight: Step 3

3. ​​Next, you will draw the "skirt" of the armor, called the tasset. To draw the tasset, extend two slightly curved lines downward from the breastplate. Then, connect them using a curved line.

How to Draw Knight: Step 4

4. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Next, draw the shield. Begin the large shield by drawing a curved line across the breastplate, extending it beyond the shoulder. Then, extend a pair of slightly curved lines downward from each end. From these lines, angle a pair of straight lines inward until they meet in a point.


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How to Draw Knight: Step 5

5.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Erase the guide lines from the shield.

How to Draw Knight: Step 6

6.​ ​​Decorate the shield by drawing diagonal lines across it, crossing in the center at a perpendicular angle. Then, draw the shoulders of the armor. Draw a curved line, like a half circle. Then, extend a short line from each end. Connect these lines using a longer curved line.

How to Draw Knight: Step 7

7. ​​​Use a series of curved lines to sketch the arm and fingers. Draw a curved line across the arm to distinguish the gauntlet, or armored glove. Then, draw the legs. Outline the legs and feet using curved lines. Draw a diamond shape across each knee, and two parallel, horizontal lines behind it. Erase guide lines as necessary. Draw another set of curved lines across the ankles.

How to Draw Knight: Step 8

8.​​​ ​​Erase guide lines from the helmet and shoulders.


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How to Draw Knight: Step 9

9.​​ ​​​​​​​Draw a sword in the knight's hand, erasing guide lines as necessary. Use a pair of lines for the hilt and a circle for the pommel. Beneath the hand, draw the guard using a narrow rectangle. Extend three lines to form the blade, meeting at a sharp point. Detail the breastplate and tasset with curved, horizontal lines. Decorate the shield using rectangles and diamonds. Finally, detail the helmet. Enclose a rounded shape on top, and extend two curved lines that meet in a sharp point. Sketch horizontal and vertical lines across the helmet.

How to Draw Knight: Step 10

10. ​​​Color your knight, and then expand the scene using our other medieval drawing guides. Give him a castle, a faithful steed, and a dragon to fight.

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