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Uploaded: December 6, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: December 29, 2009
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I was going to write out description text for another lesson that I am going to submit today, but I found myself attracted to the tutorial I drew live this morning on “how to draw a samurai, step by step”. For some reason I thought I had a tutorial on a samurai, but I guess I never uploaded it. It's a good thing too because that drawing really stunk. The samurai are Japanese fighters or warriors, that are very skilled in the arts. They are sometimes called “Bushi”, and in the past they were members of the military class. When you try and think of what a Japanese samurai looks like, a certain image of these warriors come to mind. You think of a man that is fully dressed in protective armored plates such as metal gauntlets, gloves, breastplates, and helmets. There are actual names for each piece of equipment that a samurai wears. First off they wear a skirted breastplate that is basically made up of several layers of scales. They also wear armored gloves to protect their hands from a potentially brutal attack from an enemy and his sword. The helmet is called a “Kabuto”, a black colored metal mask that covered the samurais face is called a “Menpo”, the sash around the warriors waist is called an obi and this was used to hold the katana sword in place, as well as the warriors wakizashi, and tanto. A wakizashi is a small sword that ranges between size around twelve to twenty four inches. A tanto is a regular blade and or knife that the samurai used to carry along with their katanas and wakizashis. As for their legs, all samurai wore was tight pants over baggy ones that were usually called “hakama”. Hakama is a form of clothing that is only worn by Japanese men and these pants look a lot like skirts. And to finish off there fighting attire, samurai wore Japanese sandals called “zori”. These shoes are made from rice straw and or other fibers that come from plants, cloth, wood, leather and even rubber and synthetic material. When a samurai wore his zori they were always worn with a pair of socks called tabi. Those are the socks that you see most Bleach character wear on their feet. Anyways the samurai are well respected and just hearing their name alone makes you respect what you do not know. The Japanese culture is a fascinating race. They carry much honor, loyalty, and tradition. I tried to sketch out a character that conveyed the share skill that these warriors had and still have. Learning "how to draw a samurai step by step” is probably going to be one of the funnest lessons you will ever try on Dragart. I absolutly love this drawing and I will add it to my portfolio. Have fun guys and be sure to come back and join me next time for another fun filled lesson on the best drawing tutorial site in the world, Dragoart.com!

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how to draw a samurai

How to Draw a Samurai

how to draw a samurai step 1

STEP 1.

You will start this step by drawing out the shape of the samurai's head and then add the facial guidelines. You will then draw the guidelines for the hair that is on top of the head and then draw out the shape of his torso and then the shapes of his arms. You will then now draw out the shape of the samurai's hakama pants.
 
how to draw a samurai step 2

STEP 2.

For step two all you have to do is sketch out the shape of the samurai's face and then when that is done you can draw the shape of the aggressive eyes and then his nose and mouth.
 
how to draw a samurai step 3

STEP 3.

Start sketching out the hair style and be sure to take your time too because a samurai's hair is one of the more important things about these warriors, or so I've read. When the shape and style of the hair style is drawn, you will add detail and definition like so.
 
how to draw a samurai step 4

STEP 4.

Finish sketching out the samurai's face and be sure to add some detailing like a cut or scar over the eye. Next sketch out the top part of his body starting with the chest, and then move onto sketching out the arms and sleeves. You will need to add much detail to the samurai's clothes as you see here. Next, draw the hand, and then draw the sleeve for the katana sword. You will lastly draw the hand guard on the sword in his right hand that is pointed at the viewer, and be sure to add the designing in the hand guard. Draw the blade of the sword too.
 
how to draw a samurai step 5

STEP 5.

Start sketching out the pants starting at the top by drawing out the samurai's obi or sash around his waist. Add detail and definition to the cloth, and then add some minor detail to the left sleeve.
 
how to draw a samurai step 6

STEP 6.

Now that the complex parts of the samurai is drawn out you can start sketching out the rest of his hakama pants that are flared as you see here. Next draw the shape of his right leg that is bent inward. You will also need to add some detailing to the hakama pants as you see here.
 
how to draw a samurai step 7

STEP 7.

For your last drawing step you will add some more detailing and definition to the hakama pants, and then define his knee. Draw the left foot, and then draw the shape of his tabi socks. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one and then move to see what your finished sketch should look like.
 
how to draw a samurai step 8

STEP 8.

Now that you are done with this tutorial on "how to draw a samurai step by step", you can color him in any shade you wish. All the hard work is over, and all you are left with is an awesome drawing on the great warriors of Japan.