The lotus is an aquatic, or water loving, flower native to tropical regions of Asia and Australia. The lotus actually lives in the water - its roots stretch down to the mud at the bottom of a lake, pond, or river, while its flowers and leaves float on top.
The lotus is a survivor. Not only will a single plant bloom year after year, but its seeds remain viable much longer than those of other plants. Lotus seeds were recovered from a dry lake in China. Although they had been without water for about 1,300 years, the seeds sprouted and grew when planted.
The lotus has a great cultural significance in its native lands. Every part of the plant is used in traditional foods, medicines, and teas. The Buddhist and Hindu religions hold the lotus as sacred. For example, thread made from the plant is used to weave garments for statues of Buddha. Ancient temples feature carvings of lotus flower designs, and the Hindu goddess Lakshmi is often depicted holding lotus blossoms and standing within a giant lotus flower. The Hindu god Vishnu wears a crown of lotus flowers, and is sometimes painted with a lotus flower growing from his belly button.
Would you like to draw a lotus flower? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial will show you how. All you will need is a piece of paper and something to draw with, such as a pen or pencil. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers or paints to color your beautiful flower.
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1. Enclose the central petal of the lotus flower. To do so, use two curved lines, allowing them to meet in a sharp point at the top. The bottom should be flat or rounded like a teardrop.
2. Draw a second petal extending from one side of the first. Again, use two curved lines, meeting in a sharp point at the top.
3. Draw the third petal by extending two curved lines from the first, allowing the lines to meet in a sharp point.
4. Draw additional petals on the back side of the flower, visible between the previous petals. Again, use two lines for each, allowing them to meet in points.
5. Draw the lower petals of the flower. To do so, extend three sets of curved lines outward from the bottom of the flower. Allow the lines to meet in points.
6. Draw additional petals between the existing upper petals, using two curved lines for each.
7. Draw additional lower petals emerging from the back of the flower. Then, detail some of the petals by drawing lines of various lengths from their base. This adds depth to the flower.
8. Draw the anthers, or pollen producing structures, within the flower. For each anther, extend two short, parallel lines from the center of the flower. Enclose the lines by drawing a circular shape at the tip.
9. Draw the flower's environment. Draw a slightly curved horizon line passing behind the flower. Draw a lily pad beneath it by enclosing an irregular circular shape. Draw a few more lily pads, each an irregular circle like a pie with a slice cut from it. Detail the lily pads using short, curved lines. Then, draw wavy, horizontal lines of various lengths all around the lily pads to indicate ripples in the water.
10. Color your lotus flower. In nature, lotuses may be white, red, pink, purple, yellow, or a combination of these colors.
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica , the cross is "the principal symbol of the Christian religion." Millions of people wear a cross on a necklace or employ the cross in body art or to decorate their homes, vehicles, or clothing.
The cross as a symbol has a long history spanning numerous non-Christian religions. Simple X or + marks are found in prehistoric cave drawings. In ancient Egypt, the cross-like ankh or crux ansata - translated "cross with a handle - was often depicted in the hand of the pharaoh or of various deities. It was used both as a fertility symbol and to represent life. W. E. Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words also notes that the cross or t was used as a symbol for the Chaldean god Tammuz.
For 300 years after the founding of Christianity, there is no historical evidence of the use of this symbol in worship. It came into popularity when promoted by Roman Emperor Constantine, between 306 and 337 A.D. Throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, the cross was used as a religious symbol. The design, for example, adorned the shields of knights and crusaders. The cross also appears in much of the religious artwork from the sixth century onward, appearing in paintings, on the cover and pages of religious texts, and in architecture, especially of churches.
Would you like to draw your own cross? The stylized cross in this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial features a rose wound about it.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. Note that in each step, new lines are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. At times, you will need to erase lines in order to complete the step. You may also wish to use colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing.