How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 1

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Intro

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 1

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 2

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 3

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 4

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 5

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 6

Draw the Crown and Hat Band

Draw the Outline for the Crown and Hat Band


In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to draw a cowboy hat! This will be a cowboy hat on a man’s head. We will include just the upper portion of the cowboy’s head in this drawing. I want the focal point of this drawing to be the cowboy hat itself, but don’t worry! We’ll spend time talking about how to draw the head too.


We’ll want to start off by drawing the crown and the hat band. I’m using an HB pencil to begin with.

Lightly sketch a vertical line with a slight curve. This will be the front of the crown of the hat.


The top of the crown of the cowboy hat is kind of folded and bent inward. Although we don’t see the view of the cowboy hat from above, we should represent this fold as we get to the top of this line. That’s why I am bending this line to form a hook which is the fold on one side and sketching a line underneath to be the other side of the top fold.


Keep extending this line in a diagonal fashion for the top of the hat. This cowboy’s head is tilted downward, so we don’t want a perfectly horizontal line. Then curve this line downward for the back of the crown.


Sketch a line along the base of the crown that is roughly parallel to the top line. This line should have an ever so slight curve to it. This line should also connect the front and back of the crown.


Now let’s sketch a somewhat rectangular outline for the hat band. This should be close to the base of the crown and following the contours of the lower edge. When we draw the brim later on, it will conceal the back of the band, so it is not necessary to go all the way back.

Draw the Crown Crease and Hat Band Details


Now we’re going to draw the crown crease and a few details on the hat band.


Cowboy hats are often known for a curved inward crease on both sides of the crown, but this is not a sharp crease. Very lightly sketch the indications of a crease on the side we can see. The shape that I’m sketching almost looks like a half-circle or bowl shape.


Now on the hat band, sketch another half-circle shape near the front. The purpose of this shape is to remind us later when we get to shading that we want to indicate value changes where light hits the hat band.


Now, let’s sketch in stitching and other details of the hat band. Sketch very short and tiny horizontal marks along the top of the band to represent stitching. Repeat this along the bottom. Remember to keep the marks very close together, almost touching. Then put two dots on the band between the top and bottom stitching to represent small holes in the band.

How to Draw a Cowboy Hat – Part 2

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