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How to draw chainmail

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Published: January 13, 2010
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Whoo, extremely half-assed tutorial for the win.
Hope someone gets some use out of it, anyway.

EXAMPLE: [link]



OKAY LEX HAVE YOUR THUMBNAIL
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FriendOfTheCats's avatar
Your tutorial helped me a lot ! thank you very much :)
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DoniDoodlesHobbyist Digital Artist
gods bless you, you have saved my life
Chriminie's avatar
ChriminieHobbyist Digital Artist
Looking at this, and other tips and tutorials on how to draw chainmail makes me understand why Red Sonja and other characters only get a bikini-top worth of armor! Time consuming to draw! 
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ElricgurlHobbyist Artist
Thanks this really helped!~
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KredriProfessional Artist
Surprisingly helpful...
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jfDoyonHobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative :) Thanks for making this! 
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Moonstar2DHobbyist Digital Artist
I had no clue how to draw a chainmail. Now I'm pro in it xD
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riku-gurlProfessional Digital Artist
WOW. This is a very simple method to something I've struggled with. Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial!! :la:
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lectraplayerHobbyist Traditional Artist
I was looking for a basic tutorial for pencil. Let's see if this turns out. :icondragonprayplz:
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tiagoxosStudent General Artist
I was actually looking for a tutorial on how to do them with a pencil, but then I found this. Simple, but a good tutorial. I plan on trying digital art soon, so this may come in handy.
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Lord-VarianHobbyist General Artist
I would say this is a very good tutorital! This will come in useful! :)
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ThatDwarfGuyHobbyist Artist
The links are too big.
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AremelesProfessional Interface Designer
Very instructional, straight to business. Thank you very much.
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You're very welcome!
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JMUVMHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial! I've put it to great use with one of my pics :thumb358654536:

I found a way to make it a bit more time-efficient, as well. If you want a more uniform style, make one really nice dark grey ring, then copy it. You can multiply it several times and arrange them into a multi-layer sheet. Merge those layers and you'll have a one-layer "sheet" of rings, of which you can then select and arrange as you want, then lock the layer and shade/highlight as needed.
Shin-ai's avatar
You're very welcome! I'm glad it was useful to you.

Ooh, clever! That would save a lot of time indeed.
Only downside would be that you couldn't make the rings smaller/slanted to indicate curves, but even so, it's a lot more efficient. c:
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JMUVMHobbyist Digital Artist
I figure for special circumstances (such as curves) you can just leave those spots open and make a new layer to "patch in" the needed rings. I did that with my drawing, by adding in the necessary curves needed to show the chain wrapping around an object (such as an arm). One thing I found that was -very- helpful from your tutorial was that you really can make an effective-looking mesh with just three or four colors. *thumbs up*
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JMUVMHobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops, forgot that thumb tags don't work here.
[link] for the picture.
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Castaguer93Professional Digital Artist
awesome! thank you very much
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You're very welcome! I hope it was useful to you. c:
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Castaguer93Professional Digital Artist
definitely! :D
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KaedeKatsuraHobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! Thank you for uploading :heart:
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You're very welcome! <3
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