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How to Draw a Pirate Hat

Easy, step by step Pirate Hat drawing tutorial
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Ahoy, maties! Are you ready to learn how to draw a pirate hat? You can make one for yourself, a friend, or your very own pirate cartoon character.

For several hundred years, sea captains in the Atlantic Ocean and along the coast of the Americas kept on the lookout for pirate ships.

Pirates were robbers who attacked other ships in search of loot - the cargoes that the ships carried between Europe and the Americas.

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Did these ships really fly flags bearing the skull and crossbones emblem like the one on this pirate hat? In fact, some did!

This symbol on a black flag was called the Jolly Roger, and it was used by some famous pirates, including Edward England, John Taylor, Richard Worley, and "Black Sam" Bellamy during the 1700s and 1800s.

Other pirate flags were red or white; some had images of swords and whole skeletons.

Many of our ideas about how pirates looked and acted come from fiction. Stories like Treasure Island depict pirates sailing the high seas in search of buried treasure.

Pirate motifs are common in books, cartoons, and films. Other famous works include Swiss Family Robinson, Peter Pan, and Pirates of the Carribean.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Pirate Ship, Treasure Chest, and Boat.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Pirate Hat

Pirate Hat drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 01

1. Begin by drawing the base of the hat's brim. Use a series of curved lines.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 02

2. Draw the top of the brim. Sketch a large "V" shaped line above the existing lines. Connect it to the sides of the hat with curved lines.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 03

3. Decorate the edge of the brim. Draw straight and curved lines parallel to the top of the brim.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 04

4. Draw a curved line near the top of the "V" to indicate the crown of the hat.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 05

5. Draw a skull and crossbones on the hat's brim. Use a straight line for the base of the skull, and a long curved line for the sides and top. Shade irregular shapes for the eye sockets and nose, then use short curved lines to divide the teeth. Extend a pair of straight lines from the four corners of the skull. These are the crossed bones. Use curved lines to enclose the knobs at the ends of the bones.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 06

6. Draw a scarf or bandana tied around the pirate's head. Along the bottom of the hat, extend a straight line at a diagonal angle; then, extend another line from it. Connect the lines to the hat using curved lines.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 07

7. Texture the bandana with curved lines, giving it the appearance of folds of cloth.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 08

8. Draw the knot where the bandana is tied at the side using overlapping curved lines. From this, extend two pairs of curved lines, and let them each meet at a point. These are the ends of the bandana. Texture them with a curved line to indicate the folds of the fabric.

Pirate Hat drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 09

9. Draw a feather in the hat. Use a curved line for the center. Then, on each side, draw a series of curved lines and "V" shaped lines to complete the feather.

Complete Pirate Hat drawing
How to Draw a Pirate Hat Step 10

Color your cartoon pirate hat.

Drawing challenge: Now that you've mastered drawing a cartoon pirate hat, try your hand at drawing a whole pirate!

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