How to Draw a Sword Step by Step

This tutorial shows an easy way to draw a sword. It includes a total of eight steps with a detailed breakdown of the drawing process making it easy to follow along.

Sword drawing step by step
Sword drawing step by step

You can see all of the steps in the preview above. The example is slightly stylized but at the same time has good overall proportions and a shape that is very characteristic of a sword.

As with most tutorials here on EasyLineDrawing it’s recommended that you start in pencil and make light lines that you can easily erase in case you make a mistake. You can trace over your drawing with a black pen or marker later on.

Step 1 – Draw the Blade of the Sword

Sword blade drawing
Sword blade drawing

Begin by drawing the outline of the sword’s blade.

There are many types of swords but in this case it will be a straight straight one with a pointy tip.

Step 2 – Draw the Guard

Sword guard drawing
Sword guard drawing

Onto the bottom of the blade add the guard (prevents the hand holding the sword from slipping onto the blade).

In this case you can pretty much just draw it as a very long and narrow rectangle.

Step 3 – Draw the Hilt

Sword hilt drawing
Sword hilt drawing

going farther down from the guard add the hilt (handle). At this point you can pretty much just show it with two lines. Also be sure to draw it quite a bit narrower than the blade as an overly wide hilt would not be too comfortable (like trying to grip a log).

Step 4 – Draw the Pommel

Sword pommel drawing
Sword pommel drawing

Finally add the pommel. Similar to the guard this can help make sure that the hand does not slip off of the hilt (this time in the opposite direction).

Unlike the guard give the pommel fairly rounded edges and a rounded cap on it’s very bottom.

Step 5 – Draw the Edge

Sword edge drawing
Sword edge drawing

With the swords main parts outlined you can now give it some of the smaller details. Start by outlining the edge of the blade (the part where it’s been sharpened).

To create the edge you can pretty much just draw a smaller version of the blade inside it’s main outline (as shown in the example).

Step 6 – Draw the Edge Corners

Sword edge corners drawing
Sword edge corners drawing

From the corners of the inner outline of the blade you can project some lines to the corresponding corners of the main outline.

This will create the small corners along the edge.

Step 7 – Finish the Line Drawing

Sword line drawing
Sword line drawing

Draw a series of lightly curved lines along the grip to make it look like it’s been wrapped by something. Often swords have something wrapped around this area to make easier to grip and handle.

To finish the line drawing you can go over you pencil lines with either a darker stroke or a black pen/marker. If you found the straight lines difficult to make you can use a ruler to help you trace over them.

Step 8 – Color the Sword

Sword drawing
Sword drawing

Finally to color the sword you can do it as follows:

Make the blade grey with it’s edges a slightly lighter grey. As the edges are the part that can be regularly sharpened they will tend to have shinier metal while the main part of the blade can be a bit more weathered.

Color the guard and the pommel a yellow/brow to make them look gold. If you prefer a more plain looking sword you can make them theĀ  same darker grey as the blade.

Finally make the wrapping on the hilt brow to make it look like leather.

Conclusion

This tutorial shows one way to draw a fairly simple and slightly stylized sword. You can of course always change up the drawing by giving it different proportions, design and/or colors while still using a similar drawing approach.

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