How to Draw Navy Ships in 8 Steps

Navy ships patrol the waves, keeping the oceans safe -- in real life and in your drawings.
Navy ships patrol the waves, keeping the oceans safe -- in real life and in your drawings.
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­Whether your navy ship is patrolling the Pacific or pu­lling in to the dock, it will be easy to draw with these step-by-step instructions.

In this section, we'll show you how to draw the above navy ship. Either draw it freehand while looking at your computer monitor or print out this page to get a closer look at each step.

­Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray. Here, we'll show you an illustration of each step and then give you a description of how to draw it.

Head over to the next page for the first step.

1. Draw the Hull


­Start with a long banana shape to make the hull of the ship. Outline the lines of the hull to add depth and create the deck. Sketch a wavy line across the side of the boat to create the water level.

We'll add the ship's tower on the next page.

2. Draw the Upper Structure

Draw stacked geometric shapes toward the back of the boat. Draw a half-oval at the top of the stack. This forms part of the ship's upper structure. (This can be difficult, but just follow the lines shown.) Add a shape jutting up at the back of the deck. Draw lines in it to create dimension.

We'll continue work on the tower on the next page.

3. Continue Work on the Center Structure

Just in front of your first structure, draw some cubes and cylinders on top of each other. (Again, just follow the lines as you see them.) This creates the ship's center structure.

Check out the next page to find out how to draw the gun deck.

4. Add a Flat Box to the Deck

­Add a long, flat box toward the front of the boat. Sketch a couple of short, fat cylinders on top of it.

We'll add some waves to our drawing on the next page.

5. Draw the Waves

Draw a smaller box on top of the first flat box. Sketch in some wavy lines to form the waves under the ship.

On the next page, we'll draw the antennas and flag.­


6. Add the Antenna and Flag


­Sketch an antenna at the front of the ship. Add a flagpole next to it. Draw two circles within circles on the boat's sides for windows. Draw small rectangles next to the nearest window to create the anchor detail. Add small rectangles and a wedge shape to the far side of the boat's tip to create an anchor detail there.

We'll finish work on the upper structure on the next page.

7. Finish the Upper Structure

Finish with some detail lines on the upper structures. Add a crossbar and antenna to the tallest structure.

On the next page, we'll finish our drawing.

8. Finish the Drawing

­Trace the pencil lines you want to keep with a felt-tip pen. Erase any extra lines.

And you're done! Now that you've mastered our seagoing vessels, you can draw countless scenes of marine exploration.







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