How to Draw Navy Ships

By Kirk Maltbee

The U.S. Navy boasts several classes of various warships and carriers, all serving the basic purpose of protecting the coasts and American interests overseas. For the purposes of this article, we’ll cover drawing a 2D rendering of a typical destroyer class ship. As with any object in the physical world, it’s the little details you add to your drawing that make it an accurate representation of the subject matter at hand.

Draw a horizontal rectangle in the center of your paper, sized about 6 inches long and 3 to 3 1/2 inches tall. Erase the top line of the shape and redraw a line that starts on the top left angle and slopes downward and continues across, running parallel with the bottom line (with about an inch of space between them) then connect it with the right line. This is the basic shape of the ship.

Erase the bottom line of the rectangle and draw a squiggly line in its place to give the impression the ship is floating on the open sea. Draw a square on the top deck of the ship about midway in the length of the shape. Draw another slightly smaller square spaced to the right of that square then draw a rectangle in between that connects the two squares.

Add in the two control towers on the top of each square: simply draw two elongated triangles then flesh them out by adding intersecting lattice-like lines to signify steel girders. Add in the radar dishes to the tops of the towers, windows in the main cabin, and of course turret guns to the stern (back) and bow (front) of the ship.

Look at the picture of the destroyer if you have one to add in any small, minute details such as railings, lifeboats, additional guns, etc. Destroyer designs have changed over the years so some slightly differ in build than others. Finish your drawing by adding insignia/numbers to the stern to indicate class then trace over your drawing with black ink to make your drawing stand out on the page.