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How to Draw a Shield

Learn how to draw a shield with my easy nine step tutorial. Start the lesson and learn some very useful skills.

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how to draw a shield step by step

In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a shield. This is an ancient hand weapon that was used in battles by warriors of different nations. A shield is a rounded, diamond-shaped, or rectangular plane that protects against enemy attacks. Usually, the shields were made of metal, but there were also wooden shields.

The shield has a symbolic meaning and means protection and patronage. Very often you can see some kind of image on ancient shields. The shield can be beautifully decorated, on the front of the shield there may be symbols, signs, emblems, or the shield may have thorns along the edges.

In this picture, you can see the shield, which is decorated with decorative spikes along the outer edge. It looks simple and strict. If you wish, you can draw a symbol in the center of the shield. You can easily follow this tutorial because the simplest elements are used here. Be sure to keep both sides of the shield symmetrical in this lesson.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 15 minutes

How to Draw a Shield

  1. Draw the upper part of the shield.

    Depict two smooth lines so that there is a small ledge in the middle.how to draw a shield shape

  2. Add the left side of the shield.

    Draw a small vertical line from the top.how to draw a shield easy

  3. Depict the right side of the shield.

    Repeat the previous step on the other side.how to draw a shield outline

  4. Draw the bottom of the shield.

    Connect both sides of the shield with smooth lines.how to draw a cool shield

  5. Sketch out an inner path on the left.

    Depict a smooth line under the top of the shield.how to draw a simple shield

  6. Draw an inner path to the right.

    Depict a line as in the previous step on the other side.shield drawing easy

  7. Add details.

    Sketch out the rest of the inner contour lines.shield drawing simple

  8. Depict protruding spikes.

    Draw small circles around the edge, evenly spaced apart.basic shield drawing

  9. Color the shield.

    Use multiple shades of gray. Add highlights and shadows.shield cartoon drawing

Now you have learned how to draw a shield. You have seen that it is very simple. I would be glad if you share your feedback on this lesson in the comments. You can also suggest your ideas for the following lessons.

At the end of the tutorial, you can download the PDF file that I have prepared specially for your convenience. Download the file as soon as possible and follow the drawing lesson whenever it suits you.

Circle Shield Drawing Tutorial

Throughout human history, warriors have used a variety of shields in a variety of shapes and from a variety of materials.

So, it’s time to try to learn how to draw shields of other shapes.

This shield is similar to the one used by the Vikings. It is made of wood and metal, and is one of the simplest types of shields.

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