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Uploaded: February 20, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: February 20, 2008
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This is a tutorial on the .44 magnum model 29 used by Clint Eastwood in the film “Dirty Harry”. This huge revolver gained popularity from this movie because Eastwood’s character would refer his .44 magnum “the most powerful gun in the world”. One of my favorite lines from Dirty Harry was “I know what you're thinking.”Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” Lets talk a bit abut this heavy high powered revolver, as we all know the .44 magnum was manufactured and produced by the Smith & Wesson company in 1955. The .44 is a six shot double action revolver with a six inch barrel and a total length of fifteen inches. When the revolver was released in 1955 it was used primarily by some law enforcement officials and huntsman. When 1971 rolled around Clint Eastwood made the .44 magnum a star and it became the most popular gun in the U.S in the 70s era. It was so popular that the Smith & Wesson Company had a hard time keeping up the production demand of this massive gun. Back in those days it was true that this particular gun model was in fact the most powerful revolver around, the gun can use .44 special cartridges as well as the magnum cartridges since model 29 was inspired from the .44 special. In 1978 a stainless steel version of the .44 magnum was introduced and was labeled model 629. In 1990 S&W stopped the production of the .44 magnum model 29, and the only way to get one was to place a special order for the revolver. When ever you draw a hand gun or revolver remember that the sketch should always give off a sense of power associated with the gun. In this tutorial I will show you an easy way how to draw the famous .44 magnum used by Clint Eastwood’s character “Dirty” Callahan Harry. I sketched the image from an artical posted in the Guns and Ammo magazine for the 50th anniversary of the .44 magnum. The step by step instructions are simple to understand and read. So take a “SHOT” and draw one of the most popular guns to date.

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how to draw dirty harrys 44 magnum

How to Draw a 44 Magnum Gun

how to draw dirty harrys 44 magnum step 1

STEP 1.

Now in this first step you are going to start drawing out the line art fro the .44 magnum. There is a total of seven horizontal lines, five vertical lines and a few lines that are slanted to fit the shape of the revolver. What you do is look at the image and draw out all the lines. If you are a novice artist you could use a ruler until your hand becomes more steady to draw a perfect line.
 
how to draw dirty harrys 44 magnum step 2

STEP 2.

In this step you will start to sketch out the actual shape and body of the gun. Starting at the top sketch and draw the barrel of the .44 magnum with simple line art. I used the text tool in Photoshop to actually write Smith & Wesson along the middle of the six inch barrel. At the chamber sketch out the a bit of an oblong square shape to prepare the chamber for detailing. Also sketch out the trigger and the butt of the gun before you move to the next step.
 
how to draw dirty harrys 44 magnum step 3

STEP 3.

Now this is the step where you will be detailing the gun. Starting at the top right at the tip of the barrel, draw four holes. This allows the pressurized air flow through the gun after being fired. Detail and define the chamber by sketching in the grooves and crevasses along the side. Since I used an actual picture as a reference, I even sketched in the three screws. I like to stay detailed as possible when it comes to drawing. After you detail the chamber, move onto the trigger and the hammer parts of the .44 magnum. After all that is done you can then move onto erasing all the guidelines that you drew in step 1 to finish off the revolver.
 
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STEP 4.

Here is your finished sketch of Dirty Harry's weapon, the .44 magnum. All you need to do is color in the sketch with pencils, charcoal or just leave it as is. I colored my sketch in Photoshop CS and used coloring tools to emphasize the details like the smoke, and the shine to the guns and the bullets. The tools I basiclly used was the smudge tool to blend in the lighter color of a whitish grey to give it the shine associated with a stainless steel gun. That concludes this tutorial on how to draw a .44 magnum used by Dirty Harry.