How to Draw Chess Pieces Part 1: The Pawn

In this step by step tutorial I show how to draw the easiest chess piece, the Pawn. All the chess pieces have essentially the same base design, differing only in their relative size. Symmetry is important for all the pieces so always draw in the centerline so that you can then draw both side profiles as mirror images. I’m shading fairly smooth gradients to show that the surfaces are smooth and continuous and to show roundness, but also shading in a rather simplistic manner with the light source coming from above left, therefore casting shadows towards the lower right.Thanks for watching and look out for the other chess pieces over the next few days! And let me know what you think in the comments below, and please like, share and subscribe! Have a great day!


  1. great line work and shading exercise thanks!

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