how to draw military dog tags

How to Draw Military Dog Tags

Step 1.

You will start this first step by drawing two oval shapes for the guidelines of your military tags. Draw the guidelines in the center of the forward facing tag for the star you will be drawing in and then draw a small hole in the center of the other dog tag. Lastly draw the two chains that these tags are held by.

Step 2.

Now in this step you will draw the inner lining for the rubber border that these tags have. Once that is done you will draw the bullet hole that pierced through the other dog tag. Add some shading and then move onto the next step.

Step 3.

In this step you will draw out the actual shape of the tags which is an oblong form. Draw the chipped and or cracked piece in the lower left corner of the forward facing tag.

Step 4.

For your last drawing step you will draw the beaded chain that holds these tags around a soldiers neck. When the chain is drawn out you can then draw in the nautical star and add the shading on sides of the star as you see here. Next draw the inner lining for the other tag and start erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.

Step 5.

When you are done you should end up with a drawing that looks like the one you see here. I hope you had fun with this lesson on "how to draw military dog tags step by step".

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Uploaded: September 30, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: October 1, 2009
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I wanted to do two lessons for my younger brother who is insanely into anything that has to do with the military. I did two tutorials that my brother had requested me to do three months ago. Yesterday he brought home a book that was all about the military, and when I noticed he did that, I decided to fulfill his request. So with my third tutorial I will show you “how to draw military dog tags step by step”. Now the design concept came straight from my brothers imagination and for a ten year old kid, I think he did a pretty good job. The tags that you will draw are very simple and cool. One of the more interesting things about the dog tag is the history of it’s creation. I did a little research and read up on these labels that carry the name of each individual that is involved with the military. It all started with the civil war. American soldiers wanted a way to keep their identities if anything should happen to them while in battle. All the men that joined the war only had sacks with letters, and personal belongings of where they came from and who they were. Most of the time these soldiers would only be left with a few pages of a letter the more the war progressed. In 1863, a group of troops wrote their names and unit designations on pieces of paper tags that they later pinned to their clothes. The more popular spots for these paper tags was the shoulder and or chest. Later on down the road more and more soldiers started taking this very serious and many of them started tagging their personal belongings as well. Some of them even started making more sturdy tags that where made from pieces of wood. The wooden tags would later be transformed into a tag that was modified to be held around the neck on a piece of string. Once the demand for these tags became high, the first advertisement for “Solider Pins” was in a magazine that could be mail ordered. Although gold and silver tags where available to these men, they still felt that they needed something that identified them from their government instead. Because there was never no official tag issued by the Federal Government, forty two percent of the men that died in the Civil War are still without a name or unidentified. In the year of 1899, Chaplain Charles C. Pierce recommended the use of an identity disc that would be included with every field kit issued to soliders. So, because of that, in 1913 the United States Army made it mandatory that all men be provided with an identification tag. In the year of 1917 all soldiers that were in combat was issued an aluminum disc that hung from a chain that displayed the their name, rank, and unit designation. These men wore these tags around their necks ever since. It wasn’t until WWII that the circle shaped tags were replaced by oblong identification tags that we are familiar with today. We now call these tags “dog tags”. Each fallen solider can now be properly identified when found on the battle field. There is a new tag that is being tested with the Army. The new tags that are being tested will hold about eighty percent of the soldiers medical and dental information that is stored on a micro chip. I mean that was inevitable right? Anyways I hope you guys like this lesson on “how to draw military dog tags step by step”. Have fun guys!