How to Draw a Soldier

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The word "soldier" can be traced to a Latin word meaning "one having pay." Throughout history, soldiers have been individuals paid to fight in battles. Soldiers generally work for the country in which they live. There are also "soldiers for hire," called mercenaries, who are willing to fight for the highest bidder.

In ancient times, the life of a soldier was very different than it is today. Soldiers typically traveled on foot - some rode animals or animal-drawn vehicles - and battled hand-to-hand with swords, spears, and other weapons. Their pay was often the "loot" that they took from those they defeated.

In time, long-range weapons were developed. These included bow and arrows and catapults. Around 1,000 years ago, the first gun or cannon was developed. These allowed soldiers to fight each other from a distance.

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By the time World War I began in 1914, warfare had changed forever. Airplanes had been developed that allowed soldiers to attack from the sky. "Dogfights," or battles between aircraft, became common.

During World War II, another new weapon emerged - the nuclear bomb. The United States dropped two nuclear bombs on cities in Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. To date, soldiers have never again used these terrible weapons.

Would you like to draw a handsome soldier? This simple, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished soldier.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Soldier

How to Draw Soldier: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the boy's face. Use a wide, curved line for the chin and "C" shaped lines for the ears. Continue the sides of the head above the ears using short lines.

How to Draw Soldier: Step 2

2. Draw the helmet. Begin with a pair of parallel curved lines spanning the forehead and connecting one ear to the other. This is the brim of the helmet. Then, enclose the top of the helmet using a curved line.

How to Draw Soldier: Step 3

3. Begin to draw the soldier's uniform. Use curved lines to sketch the triangular collar at the neck. Then, use curved lines to sketch the arm, the sides of the torso, and the placket - the area where the shirt is buttoned. Connect these at the bottom with curved lines. Sketch a belt using a series of narrow rectangles.

How to Draw Soldier: Step 4

4. Use curved lines to draw the remaining arm, the hands, and the gun. Note that the clasped fingers are drawn using overlapping ovals. Notice, too, the details of the gun - the stock, the trigger, the sight, and the bayonet.

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How to Draw Soldier: Step 5

5. Draw each of the soldier's legs using a long, curved line.

How to Draw Soldier: Step 6

6. Enclose the irregular shape of the soldier's boots by using a long, curved line for each.

How to Draw Soldier: Step 7

7. Draw pocket's on the soldier's shirt. First, enclose the shape by drawing a straight line with a curved line beneath it. Draw a curved line across the pocket, and a small circle to indicate the button.

How to Draw Soldier: Step 8

8. Draw the soldier's eyes. Enclose three circles, one within the other. Shade the smallest to indicate the pupil. Then, draw a curved line above each eye to form eyebrows.

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How to Draw Soldier: Step 9

9. Finish detailing the soldier's face. Use curved lines to draw the inner ear, the nose, and a smiling mouth.

How to Draw Soldier: Step 10

Color your soldier. Modern military uniforms are often brown, tan, or a shade of green called "olive drab." Patches of different colors are often used to form a camouflage pattern, helping the soldier to blend into his surroundings. In the past, uniforms could be blue, red, or grey.

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