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How to draw chainmail by Shin-ai How to draw chainmail by Shin-ai
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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Chriminie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2019  Hobbyist 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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Elricgurl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks this really helped!~
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Kredri Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Artist
Surprisingly helpful...
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jfDoyon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative :) Thanks for making this! 
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Moonstar2D Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had no clue how to draw a chainmail. Now I'm pro in it xD
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riku-gurl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Professional 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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lectraplayer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was looking for a basic tutorial for pencil. Let's see if this turns out. :icondragonprayplz:
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tiagoxos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Student 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-Varian Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say this is a very good tutorital! This will come in useful! :)
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ThatDwarfGuy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The links are too big.
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Yup.
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Aremeles Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Very instructional, straight to business. Thank you very much.
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
You're very welcome!
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JMUVM Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist 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.
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
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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JMUVM Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist 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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JMUVM Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops, forgot that thumb tags don't work here.
[link] for the picture.
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Castaguer93 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome! thank you very much
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
You're very welcome! I hope it was useful to you. c:
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Castaguer93 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
definitely! :D
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KaedeKatsura Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! Thank you for uploading :heart:
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
You're very welcome! <3
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Tirilno Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
After you're done drawing a chainmail this way, you should be a pro at drawing rings.. x) Thanks for making this, it worked =D nice drawing(last picture) by the way =)
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Yeah, I definitely gained some skill in it. XD
I'm glad to hear it was useful to you!
And thanks. c:
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phoenixn91 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome tut, too bad it's like a lot of work lol (tiiiiring), but this helps a lot :D needed a tutorial on chainmail
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Glad that it could be of help!
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Dragdar Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I'll give you an advice. Make a CIRCLE brush instead of hand drawing everything, and then one click one circle.

This isn't convinient if you wnt o be picky and rotate them according to perspective.
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
-Shrug-
That'd require me knowing how2brush. Which, well, I don't.

But hey, good tip for other people. C:
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Dragdar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
you can easily do it in 2 minutes.

[link]

In Painter you can't start from scratch but you can make a .Jpg of your brush tip then open it in Painter . 6*6 inches 300 dpi make a nice cricle.


First make another cathegory of brushes "Chainmail" or whatever (capture brush cathegory) in the small triangle on brushes , you'll need a picture of for expample real chain mail to repressent that cathegory (make a rectangural selction on it) once you do that open cricle.jpg that is black cricle (make a rectangular selction) and click the same small triangle and go capture dab. nothing seems to happen but you did it. press control+B and try it


the "variants" are sub-brushes
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Don't have Painter. >_>
I use OpenCanvas.

But thanks for your explanation, I'll see if I can apply it to oC. C:
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uberhaxxorofpwnage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
coolio person at the end-- i like your characters. chain mail looks like like massive amounts of work, but now that i know how to do it i want to try. when time allows... ah, time. i remember you. but i digress. thanks for the tutorial, it's pretty interesting.
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Shin-ai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
The drawing at the end is actually a commission, so I didn't design the character, but I'm glad you like it. C:
Drawing chainmail isn't really that much work- it's just repetitive. XD
But, um, you're welcome? C:
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