“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” ― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Scientifically, sunset describes “the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon as a result of Earth's rotation.” Culturally, however, this frequent phenomena holds much deeper meaning
Various ancient religions held that the sun was a god, pulled across the sky each day in a great celestial chariot. The setting of the sun indicated the god’s passage through the underworld.
Some religions, such as the worship of Amun-Ra in ancient Egypt, included rituals meant to awaken or revive the sun from its daily death. This idea still resonates in the metaphorical application of “sunset” to the later years of one’s life.
Today, sunsets are often featured in works of art. They are also a favorite subject of photography.
Beach sunsets, such as the one featured in this drawing tutorial, are used to represent vacations, relaxation, the tropics, and ample monetary funds.
Would you like to draw your very own sunset? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to employ crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to vividly shade your finished sunset.
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1. Begin by drawing a straight, horizontal line. This line is called the horizon line. The horizon is the point at which the ground or water meets the sky.
2. Begin drawing the mountainous islands on one side of the picture. To do so, draw a curved, bumpy line from the side of your paper to the middle of the horizon line.
3. Draw another island on the opposite side, again using a curved, bumpy line.
4. Draw the sun. Enclose a circle using a long, curved line. Notice that since the sun is setting, part of it is hidden by the horizon line.
5. Draw the sun’s reflection on the water. To do this, draw a series of straight, curved, and zigzag lines to shade an upside down triangle shape beneath the sun.
6. Begin to draw a palm tree emerging from one of the islands. Extend two curved lines from the island across the sun, allowing the lines to meet in a point. This forms the trunk of the tree.
7. Draw leaves, or fronds, on the palm tree. From the tip of the trunk, extend several short, curved lines in pairs. Allow each pair to meet in a sharp point.
8. Draw leaves, or fronds, on the palm tree. From the tip of the trunk, extend several short, curved lines in pairs. Allow each pair to meet in a sharp point.
9. Add final details to your drawing. Draw curved, wavy lines at an angle across the water to indicate waves. Draw a few birds flying across the sun. Each bird can consist of a simple line – a curved, loosely “M” shaped line with a downward point. This line serves as a simple reflection of the shape of a bird in flight.
10. Color your sunset drawing. Note that in our example, the islands, tree, and birds are shadowy, backlit by the sun. Finally, don’t forget to add sunset colors such as yellow, pink, purple, and blue to the water, indicating a reflection of the sky.
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.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.