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Uploaded: February 20, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
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Updated: February 26, 2008
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In this tutorial you will earn how to draw one of the most well known types of sword, the Samurai sword. These weapons have been a part of Japanese culture for centuries, the most popular of all swords is the Katana sword with the first being developed in the 10th century. The reason for the creation of the Katana samurai sword was to equip the Japanese Calvary so they can perform sneak attacks on their enemies. The way these swords where carried on the soldiers were blade side up in a sleeve that was attached to the hip and hung down the side of the leg. The Katana sword became a standardized issue for soldiers over time, these swords where being forged by the hundreds during the years 1190-1337 and many of them had assigned National Treasures. The samurai sword has become a very popular weapon that’s been used in numerous motion pictures and cartoons. With the film “The Last Samurai” Tom Cruise plays a solider that has been taken prisoner by the samurai army of Japan. He is later trained to fight like a samurai and becomes friends with the people of the village and the captain and falls in love with the Japanese woman that was instructed to care fro him. The other mainstream movie that had a Katana sword the main weapon for a blonde headed girl that was out for revenge because she was shot in the head and left to die while she was pregnant was Kill Bill vol. 1&2. A cartoon series called Samurai Jack is also a cartoon about a young samurai that grew up an orphan and was trained by a great samurai master. His main goal was to get revenge for the death of his parents but is always side tracked by helping villagers defeat the foes that terrorize the people that live there. After assisting the people he would then travel through a portal to another location until he faces the enemy that took the lives of his parents. The samurai sword has been a popular item that is collected by people from all over the world. The most collected samurai swords are from the WWI and WWII era, having said all that this tutorial shows you the easiest way to draw a Samurai sword or Katana sword with step by step instructions. I sketched out this sword and added a dragon at the top of the handle just to add some pizzazz to the sketch. I hope you find this tutorial helpful and bid you a fond farewell on your drawing journey.

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How to Draw a Katana

how to draw a japanese katana sword step 1

STEP 1.

Okay lets start off this step by drawing the frame and the sword sleeve. Because this is going to be a very simple tutorial to sketch or draw out I didn't use any vertical or horizontal lines going down the middle. Starting at the tip, try and keep your hand steady and draw one long line for the top of the blade. It has a faint curve to it right in the center so keep that in mind. Now do the exact same thing for the bottom of the blade until both sword ends meet at the handle. Draw the handle next by just making a moon shaped that starts on one side and ends on the other, then the boxed handle at the end. For the sleeve all you have to do is draw a very oblong and narrow shape that is squared at both ends.
 
how to draw a japanese katana sword step 2

STEP 2.

Now in this step all you will be doing is drawing out the detailing on the handle of the sword. This is a typical diamond shaped design, but you can use any design you want to on your own katana sword. Detail the blade a bit by adding two or three lines to emphasize the detail so it doesn't look to flat. And you also want to detail the sleeve as well. Sleeves are usually wrapped with a type of cloth but you can use your own imagination.
 
how to draw a japanese katana sword step 3

STEP 3.

This is a very short and sweet step but it will take some time to get it right. What you are gong to be doing is lightly sketch out the dragon head and serpentine body that is wrapped around the butt of the sword. I used a dragon because not only do I love dragons but, I thought it go nicely with this piece of hardware. After you are done go back and correct any mistakes you may have noticed or didn't notice. Correct the errors and move onto the next step.
 
how to draw a japanese katana sword step 4

STEP 4.

This is what your final sketch should look like when you are finished. All that is left to do is color your sketch in and that's it your done. See now wasn't that fun and easy at the same time. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw a Japaneses katana sword.