This tutorial shows how to draw a simple but nice looking dagger in six steps. It provides illustrated examples and easy to follow drawing instructions.
The above picture shows a preview of the drawing steps for the dagger. The dagger will have a fairly basic design with the most common part’s daggers tend to have. This should make it fairly easy to draw even if you are a beginner.
Start the tutorial in pencil and make light lines that you can easily erase in case you make a mistake. You can darken them later on with a black pen or marker.
Step 1 – Draw the Blade of the Dagger
Begin by drawing a straight line and then draw the curves of each side of the blade around it. Careful not to draw the blade too long or the dagger might end up looking more like a sword.
Step 2 – Draw the Guard
At the base of the blade add the guard (helps prevent the hand from slipping onto the blade). Draw it as pretty much a long rectangle.
Step 3 – Draw the Grip
After the guard add the grip (the handle of the dagger). When drawing it be careful that it properly lines up with the blade and is not crooked.
Draw it with a smooth curve for each of the sides and make it slightly wider towards the middle and narrower towards the pommel (added in next step).
Step 4 – Draw the Pommel
At the end of the hilt draw the pommel. You can make draw it’s shape as shown in the example.
Step 5 – Add the Details & Finish the Line Drawing
Draw some lightly curved lines along the handle where daggers usually ether have some wrapping or some sort of a design to help the wielder get a better grip on it.
Afterwards if you are happy with the way your drawing looks so far you can trace over it with a black pen or marker. Alternatively you can also darken your lines with the pencil.
Step 6 – Color the Dagger
To color the dagger you can use whatever medium you like such as paints, colored pencils or markers. In this case the blade will be a light grey (to show that it’s metallic). The guard and pommel will be a yellow to make them look like gold and the handle will be brown to make it look like leather.
While generally you will want to make the blade grey you can use a different set of colors for the rest of the dagger if you prefer.
Whatever options you choose once done coloring you should be finished with the drawing.
A simple dagger like the one in this tutorial is fairly easy to draw but at the same time can still look quite nice. You can of course also experiment with it’s design by changing up some of it’s parts. For example you could give it a differently shaped blade or guard and see what you come up with.
For more similar tutorials also see:
- How to Draw a Sword Step by Step
- How to Draw a Spear Step by Step
- How to Draw a Club Step by Step
- How to Draw a Sack of Money Step by Step