Draw a Motorcycle Helmet
Motorcycle helmets can be wonders of science and aerodynamics. For those reasons, they may seem a little intimidating to draw at first. However, unless you are drawing a design for a helmet that you hope to produce, these are probably not major factors for you. Drawing a motorcycle helmet can therefore be quite simple, once you have figured out what type of helmet you would like to draw. Choose from one of the three main types: dome, 3/4 or full-face.
1. Find an image of a helmet that you would like to replicate onto paper. Begin drawing the overall outline of the helmet. All three types of helmets are rounded around the crown of the head. It is only from there that they begin to differ. If you are drawing a helmet with an open visor, do not draw the outline of the visor just yet. Leave an open space where the visor will go and draw around it instead. If you draw one long connecting outline between the shell and an open visor, the completed project will look less realistic than if you had drawn them as two separate pieces.
2. Begin to add details. If your helmet has aerodynamic venting or blades along the top or sides, draw those. Make sure to observe each separate piece that went into making the helmet that you are drawing. If an aerodynamic vent looks like a single piece within the larger structure, draw it as such. If you are drawing a dome helmet, this rendering will be much easier as you will not have aerodynamics or visors to worry about. Full-face and 3/4 helmets will require a bit more work. If you are drawing a dome-type helmet, proceed to Step 4. If you are drawing a full-face or 3/4 helmet, proceed to Step 3.
3. Draw the visor. If you are drawing a tinted or smoked visor, it may actually be easier than if you are drawing a clear one. It is more difficult to get something that is clear and shiny in real life, such as a visor, to look right when you draw it on paper. Begin by drawing the bottom and top curves of the visor, then working on where they meet and attach to the helmet.
4. Draw the straps and D-rings (if your helmet has them). Perspective on these should be fairly easy since most of the helmet has already been drawn. Use crosshatch patterns with your pencil to replicate the weave of the straps. Do this holding your pencil to one side or the other, not straight up and down. This will allow the lines to look more fluid and sketchy, and will add to the realism of the finished piece.
5. Shade in the darkest parts of the helmet and visor. Hold your pencil so that the lead part is on its side. It may feel awkward at first, but begin rubbing it back and forth over the area that you want to shade. With some control, you can create some very nice-looking shadows this way. You may want to practice this technique on a scrap piece of paper before moving it to your work in progress.
6. Outline and/or color in your finished product with a black pen, colored pencils or markers. You may want to just leave the finished project as-is, however. Sometimes a skillfully rendered black and white pencil sketch is more effective artistically than one that is colored in.