Learn how to draw a great looking Viking Ship with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial. You can now easily create a beautiful Viking Ship drawing.
"Most people would leave. Not us. We're Vikings. We have stubbornness issues."
- Hiccup, How to Train Your Dragon
The Vikings were a seafaring people known for being fierce warriors. They raided villages and built colonies throughout Europe - and according to some researchers, as far away as North America - during the ninth to eleventh centuries. The term "Viking" meant "pirate." Vikings were also known as Norsemen or Northmen.
The Viking longship was their vehicle of choice for more than 1,500 years. These ships could be up to 75 feet (23 meters) long. They were powered by both wind and oars.
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Vikings are still a part of our popular culture. The Marvel Comics universe plays on Norse or Viking mythology to produce characters such as Thor and Loki. Another example is the animated film How to Train Your Dragon, along with its sequels and spinoff series.
Would you like to draw a Viking vessel? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Viking Ship
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 1
1. Begin by outlining the hull of the vessel. Draw a long curved line with a "U" shape at one end and a spiral pattern at the other. The spiral end is called the sternpost, and the opposite end the stempost.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 2
2. Draw the base of the hull using a long curved line. Use a series of curved lines to sketch the open mouth and teeth of the wooden dragon's head atop the stempost. Use pairs of curved lines to draw the dragon's ears, and shade an oval for its eye.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 3
3. Draw a curved line from the tops of the sternpost and stempost to the bottom of the hull, outlining the keel. Then draw a thick, straight, vertical line upward from the center of the boat. This forms the mast that will support the sail.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 4
4. Draw a curved line from stem to stern - that means front to back - just above the hull. This indicates the opposite side of the ship and gives it a three-dimensional appearance. Then, draw two pairs of straight horizontal lines across the mast, erasing as necessary. Connect each pair of lines on both ends. This is called the yard.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 5
5. Draw a long, wavy line between each side of the yard and the hull of the ship, erasing as necessary. Texture the side of the ship with curved lines, indicating planks or strakes.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 6
6. Draw straight lines from the mast to the ship below. Draw curved lines around the stem and stern where some of the ropes are tied.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 7
7. Draw the shields, erasing as necessary. For each shield, draw a circle within a circle.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 8
8. Draw oars. Beside each shield, draw a thick, dark, straight line toward the water. At its tip, draw a "U" shape and connect the ends using a straight line.
Viking Ship Drawing - Step 9
9. Make final touches to your drawing. Erase where you need to. Next we'll color the viking ship.
Complete Viking Ship Drawing
Color your cartoon Viking ship. The colors and patterns of the shields on its side often indicated who was aboard.
Then, recruit your crew from our cartoon vikings and dragons.
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