How to Draw a Pirate Ship

Improve Your Drawing Skills with Printable Practice Sheets!

Learn how to draw a great looking Pirate Ship with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Pirate Ship.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing ​a Pirate Ship

How to Draw a Great Looking Pirate Ship for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 01

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

Easy Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 2

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 02

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.

Easy Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 3

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 03

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

Easy Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 4

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 04

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.

Easy Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 5

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 05

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.

Easy Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 6

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 06

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.

Easy Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 7

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 07

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.

Add More Details to Your Pirate Ship Picture - Step 8

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 08

8. Erase guide lines from the sails.

Complete the Outline of Your Pirate Ship Drawing - Step 9

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 09

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.

Color Your Pirate Ship Drawing

How to Draw Pirate Ship Step 10

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

Easy, step by step Pirate Ship drawing tutorial
How to Draw a Pirate Ship | Share to Pinterest

Click HERE to save the tutorial to Pinterest!

Learn More About The Pirate Ship Drawing

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.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

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 drawing tutorial, see also the following guides: Anchor drawing, Boat drawing, and Cartoon Shark drawing.

Pirate Ship Drawing Tutorial - Easy & Fun Printable Pages

Join now and get immediate access to thousands of printable drawing instruction and practice pages!

Printables thumbnail: How to draw a Pirate Ship

Learn how to get access to thousands of printable pages!

Become a member sales prompt


Still seeing ads or not being able to download the PDF?

First, check that you're logged in. You can log in on the member login page.

If you're still not able to download the PDF, the likely solution is to reload the page.

You can do this by clicking the browser reload button.

It is a circular arrow-shaped icon at the top of the browser window, typically found in the upper-left side (you can also use keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl+R on PC and Command+R on Mac).

See a Google Web Story of this Pirate Ship Drawing Tutorial.

Why You Can Trust Our Drawing Guides

We've been creating high-quality, easy-to-follow drawing tutorials since 2016. Rauno and the team of experienced artists are dedicated to helping people of all ages and skill levels learn to draw.

We've carefully crafted over 1,900 step-by-step tutorials, ensuring that each one is safe, beginner-friendly, and engaging. We expand our library with new drawing guides every week, adding more drawing ideas and staying up-to-date with new trends.

Our commitment to quality and accessibility has earned the trust of more than 1,700 satisfied paid members who have access to the huge library of drawing printables and ebooks, in addition to the regular step-by-drawing tutorials that are available for all readers.

You can trust Easy Drawing Guides to provide you with some of the best drawing tutorials available online.

Learn more about Rauno and Easy Drawing Guides.