Some credit William Shakespeare with the maxim, "the eyes are the windows to the soul." This means that you can learn a lot about a person by watching their eyes.
The eyes are one source of nonverbal communication - we show our feelings to others when we cry, when our eyes are drawn up along with a smile, when they grow wide with fear, are squinted in anger, or when we roll our eyes in contempt.
The Japanese animation style known as anime takes the art of the eye to a whole new level.
The eyes of anime characters are large and expressive, often square in shape and somewhat pointed, rather than round.
Each artist or series displays a distinct drawing style, which may include interesting styles of hair and dress and differing degrees of realism.
Modern anime arose during the 1950s, following the success of American animated cartoons, such as those produced by Walt Disney.
Since then, the popularity of anime has spread around the world. Many popular cartoons are dubbed with other languages, such as English, and marketed around the world.
A subculture has grown up around anime and manga - not only do fans watch the television shows, but they often delight in playing video or card games, reading books, dressing up as characters and engaging in live action role play, or learning to draw their favorite characters.
Would you like to draw an anime (or manga) character? Mastering anime girl eyes is a good place to start, and this simple, step-by-step eye drawing tutorial is here to help.
All you will need is a pencil or a pen and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use colored pencils or something similar to shade your finished drawing.
Emojis are small drawings that can be added to text messages or emails to convey emotion. The unicorn emoji was released in 2015. It is used to represent the mythical beast, whimsy, fantasy, uniqueness, and the LGBTQ community.
What is a unicorn? This horse like creature was believed to have a spiral horn protruding from its forehead. The horn was often thought to have magical powers, such as healing. Unicorns are mentioned in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, the Middle East, China, and India. Some translations of the Bible into English mention the unicorn; likely, the Hebrew word re'em referred to the rhinoceros or aurochs, a type of wild bull.
Legends of the unicorn were often cases of mistaken identity. The spiral tusk of the narwhal, a type of whale, was mistaken for that of the unicorn. When the science of paleontology was in its infancy, sketches were misidentified as those of unicorn skeletons.
As recently 1809, unicorns were still believed to exist. The Encyclopaedia Britannica of that year stated: "There can, we think, be little doubt that the unicorn exists in Africa not far north of the Cape of Good Hope, and perhaps, at some distant period it may be as well known as the elephant or the hippopotamus is at present."
Science still has not uncovered evidence of the unicorn, but it is alive and well in the imaginations of many. Today, the term "unicorn" is often used to describe something that is rare or especially unique.
Would you like to draw the mystical unicorn emoji? This easy, step-by-step emoji drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.
Cats and humans have enjoyed a long history together. Archaeological evidence from China, Egypt, and the Middle East indicate that cats were hunting mice near agricultural storehouses - and eating table scraps - thousands of years ago. The first solid evidence of domestication - breeding cats for the specific purpose of catching mice and living alongside people - dates to 1,500 B.C.E.
Would you like to draw a cute cat face? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to shade your finished kitty.
Cats were regarded as religious icons in some ancient societies, especially in Egypt. As such, they were often depicted in art. Later, cats, especially black cats, were associated with witches and thought to possess magical powers.
Today, cats often enter the art preferences of pet lovers. They are also featured in animated films and related artwork. For example, cats are a common addition to anime cartoons.
"Lips, however rosy, must be fed."
- Ovid, Roman poet, 43 BC to 18 AD
Lips have long featured in popular culture. Since time immemorial, poets have waxed romantic about the fleshy protuberances surrounding the mouth that form the smile. William Shakespeare cast young Romeo to swoon over his Juliet: "Thy lips, two blushing pilgrims ready stand." Love letters are sealed with a kiss, and school supplies, clothing, and everything in between may be emblazoned with puckered lips, especially near the romance-themed holiday of Valentine's day. They also represent iconic logos, such as the tongue and lips logo of the Rolling Stones.
Lips, however, have many important uses besides kissing. Lips are a tactile organ, meaning they have nerve endings that are sensitive to touch, heat, and cold. Babies and small children thus use their lips to learn about their world. Lips are also forming the smile, a form of non-verbal communication.
Lips are also important in speech and food intake. We use our lips to articulate different sounds when we talk. People with hearing loss can even increase their understanding of a conversation by lip-reading, or watching the shapes made by the mouth. Our muscular lips also enable use to keep food inside our mouths and create the airtight seal necessary to draw liquid through a straw.
Would you like to draw cartoon teeth and lips? How about a smile? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. You won't need any lipstick - just get your pen, pencil, markers, or crayons and a sheet of paper.
Holding hands is a form of nonverbal communication, a gesture whose meaning varies widely depending on culture.
Children from various parts of the world hold hands in friendship or in play. Certain rhyming games, such as "Ring Around the Rosy" and "Red Rover" involve hand holding.
Parents hold their children's hands, often as a means of protection, authority or control. For example, a parent may hold a child's hand while in a public place or while crossing a street in order to keep the child close and protect him from potential dangers.
In North America, hand holding among adults is typically seen as a romantic gesture, indulged in by couples who are dating or married.
In many other countries, however, adults may hold hands as a sign of friendship or respect. For example, in 2005, Americans were shocked to see photos of then-president George W. Bush holding hands with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. This adult hand holding is traditional in parts of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean region.
At protests, demonstrators sometimes hold hands as a sign of solidarity. This is called a "human chain." During some protests in Asia, several million people have joined in this hand holding behavior.
Would you like to draw a set of hands in a warm embrace? Doing so is easy when you use this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use colored pencils, markers, paints, or other tools to shade your finished drawing.
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Sunflowers are a well known sight across much of the world. Their scientific name, Helianthus, can literally be translated "sun flower," from the Greek words helios (sun) and anthos (flower).
The sunflower's name describes the behavior of this large plant, as its blossoms turn to follow the sun in its daily march across the sky. The yellow flowers themselves are alsothought to resemble the sun.
There are about 70 varieties of sunflower, and they are farmed for their beauty as well as their seeds, which both humans and animals find to be tasty and nutritious.
Wild sunflowers are native to North and South America, and the sunflower is one of only four agricultural plants to be domesticated by the Native Americans.
Sunflowers have featured prominently in artwork. Native Americans not only made representations of the flower itself, but used its seeds as ornamentation. In the late 1800's, famed painter Vincent Van Gogh produced two series of paintings featuring sunflowers.
Sunflowers were also used extensively in the artwork of Disney's animated film, Pocahantas (1995).
The large, bright flowers gained popularity as a design element in clothing and home decor during the 1960's and 1970's, and are still used as such today.
Would you like to add cheerful sunflower designs to your room, your clothing, your school supplies,or your artwork? Doing so is easier than ever with this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser, crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.
Simply follow the instructions of the written steps, along with the accompanying illustrations. In each step, new lines are shown in light blue. Using this easy drawing guide, you will soon "grow" an entire garden of sunflowers!
Lippy Lips is one of the Shopkins - cute, plastic collectible characters based on grocery store items. The characters, which include Apple Blossom, Kooky Cookie, Chee Zee, and many more, have the large, watery eyes characteristic of anime and manga style art. The toys were developed by Moose Toys of Melbourne, Australia and have been available since 2014.
Shopkins like Lippy are classed as "common, rare, ultra rare, special edition, limited edition [or] exclusive." Hundreds of different Shopkins are available, and collectors trade for their favorite models based on rarity. Related characters include a line of dolls - also sporting food themed names and attire - that represent countries around the world. The dolls are sized so as to inhabit the same fictional world of Shopville.
In addition to the figurines, images of Shopkins now appear on clothing and accessories, cosmetic items, in games and books, in an animated film and online series, on collectible trading cards, and on school supplies. The company has also produced the Trash Pack and the Grossery Gang, described as "your Shopkins gone rotten." These toys are aimed at boys and, as the name suggests, sport less-than-appetizing features.
Would you like to draw Lippy Lips? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil or pen and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, paints, colored pencils, or markers to shade Lippy like your favorite lipstick!
Hand washing or hand hygiene is important to everyone's health. Long ago, before the discovery of germs, people thought that sickness was caused by "miasma" or "bad air." It wasn't until the mid-1800s that doctors and nurses realized how important handwashing was in protecting their patients from infection.
In an age of global pandemics, the need for good handwashing practices is more important than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should wash your hands before you eat, after using the toilet, before and after caring for a sick person or treating a wound, and after you cough, sneeze, blow your nose, touch your pet, or do anything else that could dirty your hands, even with microscopic germs.
Did you know? Germs like coronavirus are destroyed by soap, but the process takes time. After soaping up your hands, you should wash them for at least 20 seconds to let the germ-killing soap do its job.
If you'd like to create a reminder for people to wash their hands when they come to your home, school, or business, you've come to the right place. This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial will show you how to draw your own handwashing sign. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.
Cosmetics like lipstick have been used since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and others used lip color. Queen Elizabeth I of England used a red chemical called mercuric sulfide, a pigment also used to make vermillion paint. A cosmetic called rouge was used both as a lipstick and as a blush on the cheeks.
Today, "lipstick is made of dyes and pigments in a fragranced oil-wax base." Beeswax, carnauba wax, or candelilla wax may be used. Lipstick is considered "an almost universal cosmetic since, together with the eyes, the mouth is a leading feature, and it can be attractively coloured and textured."
Lipstick differs from lip balms or chapstick in that its main purpose is to provide long-lasting color, while the other products are intended to moisturize the lips. There can, however, be a crossover of these purposes - moisturizing lipsticks and tinted lip balms. Lip balms are usually packaged in smaller and less decorated tubes than lipsticks.
In the past, women who wore lipstick and other makeup were considered to be of poor moral character. This began to change during the 1800s. Today, lipstick is often associated with beauty and perhaps fame. Sometimes, lipstick is even personified as a character in its own right, such as Lippy Lips from the Shopkins toy line.
Would you like to draw a tube of lipstick? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.
This time we will draw a dragon’s head. This is probably the easiest dragon to draw as it has fewer details than a complete dragon drawing. As such, the dragon’s head can be a perfect place to start practicing how to draw a dragon.
We will draw the dragon’s head with the help of simple shapes. These will make drawing the dragon much easier.
Sketch with a light pencil as you will need to erase the early lines before the drawing is complete.
In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.
You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.
The magnolia is a flowering tree native to North and South America, Asia, and the Himalaya mountains. The flowers of the magnolia have a strong sweet scent, and many of the 240 species are evergreen - they don't lose their large, flat leaves even in cold weather. Some magnolia trees grow over 100 feet tall.
In ancient China, magnolia flowers were seen as a symbol of feminine beauty and gentility. In the Victorian floriography - the art of sending secret messages using flowers - the magnolia meant nobility and dignity.
Today, the magnolia blossom retains symbolism in many cultures. In the American south, white magnolia blossoms are used in bridal bouquets to indicate purity. The fragrant magnolia is the national flower of North Korea, and the flower is used in Chinese medicine.
Modern practitioners of magic use magnolia blossoms in casting spells. In popular culture, it is used to represent a juncture of strength and delicacy, such as in the film Steel Magnolias.
Would you like to draw a spray of magnolia blossoms? This simple, step-by-step drawing guide is here to make doing so easy and fun. You'll need only a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper. You may wish to use colored pencils or something similar to shade your finished drawing.
Dragons are mythical, legendary creatures, usually depicted with a long, snake-like body, wings like a bat, and the ability to breathe fire. The word "dragon" is derived from the Greek word drakōn, meaning "large serpent." Some dragons are depicted as vicious monsters, while others are friendly and even helpful to human companions.
Myths of dragons arose independently in various parts of the world. In the Middle East, they were derived from the existence of large, poisonous serpents. In Egypt and elsewhere, some deities were dragon-like in form. In China, dragons were often seen as a force for good, and their image represented the imperial family. In Europe, dragons featured not only in legend but on shields, ships, and coats of arms. Maps from past centuries at times held the words "here be dragons," or depictions of the animals, in unexplored or dangerous regions.
Dragons have long featured in art, as they continue to today. From ancient vases and throne rooms, to modern religious items of China and Japan, to fan art and t-shirts, dragons are abundant.
A number of books, movies and television series highlight this creature, including the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, the original film and remake of Pete's Dragon, various fairy tale cartoons such as Shrek and Sleeping Beauty, and the wildly popular Game of Thrones television series.
Would you like to draw a dragon's eye? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or something similar to shade your finished drawing.