How to Draw a Cute Pirate Character in Photoshop

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Step 15

Then use Pen Tool (P) to draw shape of the hair. You can just draw right side and then copy it by dragging, hold “Opt/Alt” and drag using Path Selection Tool (A) to duplicate, then press “Cmd/Ctrl + T” and Right Click > Flip Horizontal. Then you need to group them all and name it “Head”.

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Step 16

For the front part of the hat, draw this shape with black color.

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Step 17

And this back part, draw and place it behind the front part.

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Step 18

Draw the hem with #b47b02 color.

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Step 19

Make a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl +Shift + N) in front of “front part” and fill it with black. Create clipping mask (“Cmd + Opt + G” / “Ctrl + Alt + G”) and give filter, click menu Filter > Sketch > Chalk & Charcoal, and use the following setting.

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Step 20

Do the same way for the back part of the hat. Then group them and name it “Hat”.

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Step 21

Use Ellipse Tool (U) to create white circle, and place it behind face.

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Step 22

To create the legs you must draw them manually using Pen Tool (P). Draw the left or right first then “Opt/Alt + Drag” using Path Selection Tool (A) to duplicate it. When dragging, you have to hold down the Shift key to constrain your movement to perfect vertical.

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Step 23

Next, create your jacket shape using Pen Tool (P). This will need more than one path in a layer. When you’ve finished the first path, you have to hold down “Shift” key while drawing the other path in order to be in one layer. Use #361b0c for its color.

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Step 24

Make a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N) in front of the jacket shape. Fill it with #7a7a7a and create clipping mask. Then go to Filter > Sketch > Note Paper. Set the Image Balance to 25, Graininess to 10 and Relief to 11 then click OK. Set the blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 25

Draw these white parts of cuff, an extra layer of fabric at the lower edge of the sleeve.

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Step 26

And black parts.

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Step 27

Next, create hands with #ebbda1 color.

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Step 28

Create a red rectangle using Rectangle Tool (U). Place it behind the jacket, it will be the belt.

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Step 29

Go back to the face. “Cmd/Ctrl + Click” its layer thumbnail to take selection. Then use Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to subtract the selection. Hold down the “Opt/Alt” and create an elliptical marquee as shown below.

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Step 30

When you release your mouse, the face’s selection will be subtracted. Then create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N) and fill it with #ebbda1.

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Step 31

Go to menu Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Set amount to 10%, choose “Gaussian Distribution” and check “Monochromatic”. Then create clipping mask (“Cmd + Opt + G”/”Ctrl + Alt + G”).

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Step 32

Next, you are going to paint shadow (dark parts) and highlight (light parts) that will form the curve of face. You need to start trying to understand the lighting and the face curve. Now create a new clipping masked layer named “Shadow 1” and set its blending mode to “multiply”. Paint the dark part of the face using Brush Tool (B) with soft rounded brush. Set the opacity to 10% and hardness to 0%. Give #ebbda1 for its color. See image below for reference, the soft dark areas are shown by green arrows. Paint carefully.

23 thoughts on “How to Draw a Cute Pirate Character in Photoshop”

  1. hello guys! i’m new on photoshop and i having trouble at textures in step 19, can anyone tell more details about this step? thanx! :)

    1. Go to layer palette, put your cursor on the black “front part” of the hat, click to activate it. Then Create a new layer using “Ctrl+Shift+N”. Fill it with black, and then create clipping mask using “Ctrl + Alt + G”. Click menu “Filter > Sketch > Chalk & Charcoal” and set like the example.

  2. Maria Kjartansdottir

    Great tutorial, can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for putting so much work and effort into making it clear.
    Happy Photoshoping,
    M.

  3. It wasn’t as hard as it initially felt like it would be. Thank you for the another amazing tutorial, might pass this on to some of my game dev friends :)

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