The first modern bicycle was invented in 1885. An earlier vehicle with two inline wheels, called the Dandy Horse, was developed in Germany in 1817. Similarly, the velocipede gained attention in 1839; it resembled the modern bike except for its large front wheel and lack of a chain.
Today, bicycles serve a variety of purposes. Both children and adults enjoy riding bicycles for fun and for exercise. In crowded cities, bicycles are often used as a means of transportation to and from work. In some places, police officers, mail delivery personnel, and even the military utilize bicycles. Bikes are also used in sports such as racing, mountain biking, and BMX trick riding.
The most popular bicycle design in the world is called the Chinese Flying Pigeon. In fact, it is the most popular vehicle in the world, outranking any car with over 500 million in circulation. Some cities are constructing special bike routes to encourage this form of transportation.
Bicycles have become an important component of visual arts. Antique bicycles are sought by collectors; these are often restored and placed on display. Items such as pillows, t-shirts, and wall art featuring a bicycle motif are common. The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates urban cycling through art and music.
Would you like to add a bicycle to your own artwork? With the aid of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial, doing so is easy. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps a good eraser. Would you like your bike to display bright colors? Use your crayons, markers, paints, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the front wheel of the bike.
2. Draw the bicycle’s rear wheel using a second circle.
3. Draw a slightly smaller circle within each of the previous circles. This completes the outline of the bicycle tires.
4. Begin to draw the structure of the bike. Draw a narrow, horizontal rectangle above the rear wheel. Extend a pair of diagonal, parallel lines from each of the wheels, and connect them using another set of parallel lines. Where the rear wheel’s diagonal lines meet the horizontal lines, draw an additional set of parallel, diagonal lines crossing in the opposite direction.
5. Draw another set of diagonal, parallel lines extending from the front wheel’s original set of diagonals. Enclose a curved shape overlapping the front tire, forming a fender.
6. Erase the guide lines from overlapping shapes.
7. Draw two small circles in the center of each wheel, one inside the other. For the front wheel, extend a short pair of parallel lines from the central circles; then, extend a second set of lines upwards at a slight angle from the first. Draw a circle between the wheels, and enclose a teardrop shape around it, connected to the small circles of the rear wheel. This forms the bike’s chain.
8. Extend two curved lines from the circle of the rear wheel to that in the middle, completing the bike’s chain. Enclose an irregular shape like a backwards “C” to form the handle bars. Use another irregular shape for the seat, and give it dimension by drawing a curved line across it.
9. Draw the pedal using a small rectangle, and texture it with vertical, straight lines. Use straight lines to draw the spokes extending from each wheel’s central circle to its tire.
10. Color your bike. Will it be shiny and red, or pink and sparkly? Mint green, a favorite color for vintage bikes? The choice is yours.
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.