How to Draw a Roman Soldier

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

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Complete Roman Soldier drawing
Complete Roman Soldier drawing

Would you like to learn how to draw a Roman soldier wearing a complete suit of armor? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide can show you how.

Have you ever seen Roman soldiers in films or cartoons? Some, like the 300 Spartans, are famous and legendary.

The uniform of the Roman soldier was very recognizable because of its plumed helmet. They had brightly colored feathers or horse hair on top.

These helped identify a soldier's rank, and it also made them look intimidating.

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These plumes were later adopted by knights in armor during the Middle Ages. Sometimes, they are comically spoofed, with characters using a broom in place of the plume.

Some people enjoy using this cartoon Roman soldier outline as a Bible study activity. A well-known Bible passage (Ephesians 6:11-17) uses the parts of a Roman soldier's armor to illustrate various aspects of Christian life.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Roman Soldier

How to Draw a Great Looking Roman Soldier for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the Roman soldier outline by drawing the man's face. Use curved lines to trace the nose, chin, nostril, mouth, dimple, eyes, and eyebrows. Shade a circular pupil inside each eye.

Easy Roman Soldier Drawing - Step 2

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Draw the Spartan helmet around the soldier's head. Use curved lines to draw the circular hinge, the three layers of the side, the curved pentagon shape of the faceplate, and the irregular rounded shape of the back of the helmet.

Draw a curved line across the faceplate to give it a three-dimensional appearance.

Easy Roman Soldier Drawing - Step 3

3. Draw the crest on top of the cartoon helmet. Enclose a rounded rectangular base for the crest. Use a curved line to give it a three-dimensional appearance. Then, enclose a curved trapezoid shape on top.

Detail the plume with a curved line and a "V" shaped line. Use three lines to draw the man's neck - two for the outline and one for contouring.

Easy Roman Soldier Drawing - Step 4

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Use overlapping curved rectangle shapes to form the shoulder armor. Then, draw another curved rectangle, like half of a cylinder. This is the soldier's large shield. Draw a curved line at one corner to add to its three-dimensional appearance.

Easy Roman Soldier Drawing - Step 5

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Draw overlapping curved lines to form the armor protecting the chest. Then, use curved lines to enclose the shirt sleeve, lower arm, and bent thumb.

Easy Roman Soldier Drawing - Step 6

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw a sword in the soldier's hand. First, use overlapping curved lines to form the fingers. Then, enclose the rectangle shape of the handle and the half-circle shapes of the hilt and pommel. From the top of the handle, extend three curved lines to create the blade.

Easy Roman Soldier Drawing - Step 7

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Enclose a number of rounded rectangle shapes to form the skirt-like armor of the lower body. Band one portion with straight vertical lines. Then, use curved lines to enclose the leg and knee pad.

Add More Details to Your Roman Soldier Picture - Step 8

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw the irregular shapes of the foot and sandal. Draw the remaining leg, foot, knee pad, and sandal.

Complete the Outline of Your Roman Soldier Drawing - Step 9

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete your Roman soldier outline by adding details. Draw small circles to indicate rivets in the armor. Draw curved perpendicular lines across the feet to lace the sandals. Place a large oval in the center of the shield, with a rectangle shade parallel to the sides of the shield.

Color Your Roman Soldier Drawing

Roman Soldier step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your cartoon of a Roman soldier. The crest of the helmet was often red in color. The armor was made of metal, appearing gray or silver in color if the soldier maintained it in good condition.

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