How to Draw a Pirate Ship

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Learn how to draw a great looking Pirate Ship with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial. You can now easily create a beautiful Pirate Ship drawing.

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Complete Pirate Ship drawing

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Ahoy, me maties! You have permission to come aboard and learn to draw a pirate ship using this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. What will you need? Shiver me timbers, a pencil, an eraser, and paper will suffice. If you have a treasure of crayons, colored pencils, or markers, you can use those, too.

Are pirates real, you ask, or just imaginary characters? Pirates have existed throughout the ages. The earliest reports of piracy are credited to the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians, who sailed the Mediterranean Sea. During the Middle Ages, Vikings and Moors were the pirates of Europe.

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As trade expanded to include the Americas, pirates known as buccaneers sailed the Caribbean Sea. These were the "classical" pirates from which we draw images men with of beards, eye patches, parrots, and peg legs.

Pirates still exist today, although they don't display skulls and crossbones or say "arg." A pirate is anyone who commits robbery on the sea, taking ships or other items, or who smuggles goods or commits other criminal acts.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Anchor, Boat, and Cartoon Shark.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing ​a Pirate Ship

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Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 1

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1. Begin by drawing a long, curved line. This will outline the ship's deck.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 2

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2. ​​​​​​​​​​Draw a wavy curved line beneath the original line to indicate water. Then, extend a curved line from each end of the ship's deck, downward to the water. You have now enclosed the ship's hull.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 3

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3. Draw curved lines across the hull, following the curve of the deck. These lines add the texture of wood planks to the ship.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 4

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4. Next, draw the railing at the stern, or back, of the ship. Draw pairs of short, straight lines upward from the ship's deck. Then, connect the tops of the lines using a longer curved line.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 5

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5. Draw the bowsprit - a spar, or long piece of wood that is used to support the sails - extending from the bow, or front, of the ship. Extend two curved lines from the bow, and allow them to meet in a rounded point. Then, draw railing along the bow. Extend pairs of short, straight lines upward from the deck, and connect them at the top using a curved line.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 6

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6. Draw the mast, a long wooden beam that holds the sails. Draw two long, straight, parallel lines extending upwards from the ship. Connect the lines at the top using a circular shape.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 7

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7. Draw the sails. First, at the bottom of the mast, draw a large square shape using curved lines. This forms the main sail. Above the main sail, draw another curved square. This forms the topsail. From each corner of the sails, draw a long, curved line extending to the deck of the ship. These represent rigging, the ropes that support and move the sails.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 8

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8. Erase guide lines from the sails.

Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 9

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9. At the top of the mast, draw a pennant, or small flag. Draw the pennant by using curved lines to form a rectangular shape. Then, mark your ship as a pirate ship by drawing a skull and crossbones on the main sail. Enclose an irregular shape, larger at the top. Draw circles for the eyes and nostrils. Use a rectangle with lines across it for the mouth and teeth. Extend pairs of lines from the skull in four directions, and enclose the ends using two curved lines each to form bones.

Complete Pirate Ship Drawing

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10. Color your pirate ship.

Are you in the mood for more seafaring fun? Complete your picture using our handy drawing guides for an anchor, a boat, a shark, and a whale. You can even learn to draw waves, oceans, islands, and beaches

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