How to Draw a Ship

Easy, step by step Ship drawing tutorial
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Ships are large water-going vessels, especially those that traverse deep water such as oceans and seas. Historically, ships have been used to transport goods and people over long distances, including those used by the military.

Sailing vessels large enough to be called ships were first invented around 3,000 years ago. Such ships brought settlers across the ocean to Australia and its surrounding islands. The ancient Egyptians were also skilled ship builders. One of their ships was discovered, intact, in 1954, buried among other items of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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During the past several centuries, there have been a number of ships that have become famous. For example, three wooden sailing vessels, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria were used by Christopher Columbus during his well known voyage to the Americas.

Perhaps the world's most famous ship is the Titanic, similar in appearance to the ship in this drawing tutorial. When it was launched in 1912, the Titanic was the biggest ship ever built; for this reason, its designers thought it was unsinkable. The Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The sinking of the Titanic has been immortalized in a number of films, including the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic.

Would you like to draw your own sailing ship? With the aid of this simple, step-by-step tutorial, doing so is easier than ever. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps a good eraser. If you have supplies such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paints on hand, you may use these to shade your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Boat, Train, and Plane.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Ship

Ship drawing - step 1
How to Draw Ship: Step 1

1.Begin by drawing two curved lines, one long and one short. These lines will form the bow and stern, or front and back, of the ship.

Ship drawing - step 2
How to Draw Ship: Step 2

2. Connect the tops of the bow and stern lines using a long, curved line.

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Ship drawing - step 3
How to Draw Ship: Step 3

3. Extend a short, curved line from the top of the bow, and connect it to the bottom of the bow using another curved line. This indicates the far side of the ship.

Ship drawing - step 4
How to Draw Ship: Step 4

4. Draw water beneath the ship. Do so using a long, wavy line with pointed crests on the waves.

Ship drawing - step 5
How to Draw Ship: Step 5

5. Detail the sides of the ship. Draw a long, curved line from bow to stern, parallel to the top of the ship.

Ship drawing - step 6
How to Draw Ship: Step 6

6. Draw the structures on board the ship. Do so using stacked narrow rectangles that are curved on one end.

Ship drawing - step 7
How to Draw Ship: Step 7

7. Using small circles, draw portholes, or windows, near the top of the ship. Add additional detail to the deck side structures by drawing a small vertical rectangle. Extend a short, curved line from the top of the rectangle to the side of the ship.

Ship drawing - step 8
How to Draw Ship: Step 8

8. Draw the smokestacks. For each, draw two parallel lines extending upwards from the ship. Connect the lines at the top using a curved line. Notice that the smokestacks differ in height, and that they appear to overlap one another.

Ship drawing - step 9
How to Draw Ship: Step 9

9. Draw a curved line at the top of each smokestack. Enclose a cloud of smoke above the central stack using a series of short, curved lines. Enclose a smaller cloud above the first in a similar fashion, and texture the original cloud using short, curved lines. Draw additional water using pointed, wavy lines.

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How to Draw Ship: Step 10

10. Color your ship and the watery deep. Why not include some other features in your drawing, using our other handy drawing tutorials? Put some fluffy clouds in the sky, and place animals such as a polar bear on an ice flow, a gentle whale, a playful dolphin, or a toothy shark in the sea.

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