October 15, 2020 3 min read

Christopher Columbus drawing

Hi everybody, welcome to anew NIL-Tech drawing tutorial:"Christopher Columbus". Columbus remains a prominent historical figure worldwide and written for centuries. There is numerous information about his life that is still an enigma. In Italian, he is known as Cristoforo Colombo, which was long thought to be his birth name and in Spanish as Cristóbal Colón. He has also been named, by himself and others, Christoual, Christovam, Christofferus de Colombo, and Xpoual de Colón. There is also a theory that he adopted the name from a pirate named Colombo.


Here are some interesting facts about Christopher Columbus:

1. Christopher Columbus began his career as a seafarer at the age of fourteen and later supported himself by selling maps and charts.

2. Half of his trips ended in disaster. On Columbus' famed 1492 voyage, his flagship, the Santa Maria, ran aground and sank, causing him to leave 39 men behind at a settlement named La Navidad. He was supposed to go back to Spain loaded with spices and various essential products and knowledge of a crucial new trade route. Instead, he returned empty-handed and without the best of the three ships handed over to him. On his 4th voyage, his ship rotted out from under him, and he spent a year with his men marooned in Jamaica.

3. Queen Isabella was hesitant to fund Columbus's trip. It took her six years to agree. Having surrendered, Christopher Columbus was 4 miles out of town when the Queen's carrier caught up with him and shared the news.

4. After receiving the money and the ships, Columbus still had a tough time looking for a crew. Many people believed the earth was flat and that at some point, a boat would hit a waterfall and fall off the side of the planet.

5. Christopher Columbus's first voyage with Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria began on August 3, 1492. On October 12, 1492, a seafarer on the Pinta shouted: "Tierra!" or "Land!".


In this tutorial, we used the following supplies:

  • B pencil
  • 3B pencil
  • colored pencils
    • green (medium and dark)
    • brick
    • brown (medium and dark)
    • ocher
    • blue
    • skin color
    • pink
    • yellow
    • black
    • orange
  • White Vinyl Eraser
  • Kneaded Eraser
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Let's draw "Christopher Columbus" step by step


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Step 1. We start by building the skeleton. Outline the head and body with circles. With lines, outline the arms (pencil B).


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Step 2. Outline the steering wheel and palms. Draw the collar (pencil B).


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Step 3. Draw the neck and add details on the steering wheel (pencil B).


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Step 4. Add arms and body. In front, draw a ribbon - later, there will be writing (pencil B).


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Step 5. Draw the face, hair, and hat (pencil B).


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Step 6. Erase all excess construction lines. Brighten the contour with a soft pencil (pencil 3B).


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Step 7. Start coloring with hatching the main details (colored pencils: green, brick, dark brown, brown).


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Step 8. Make the drawing more by adding shadows. For the hair, use a dark brown pencil, and brighten the light areas with an ocher color. For the jacket, use dark green. Since the sleeves are white, use a blue pencil to make small shadows. Draw folds on the collar with a dark brown pencil. Make shadows on the steering wheel in the same color. Hatch the hat and leave space on top for the stripes (colored pencils: dark brown, ocher, blue, dark green).


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Step 9. The last step is to draw the skin: the general tone is skin color, and the shadows are brown. Draw the face and finish the hat: brighten its color and add yellow stripes on top. On the ribbon, make shadows with blue and the 'T' on the sleeves and add the "Christopher Columbus" writing (colored pencils nude, brown, pink, yellow, blue, black, orange, dark brown).


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