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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1. Begin by sketching the first arm. Draw two diagonal, parallel curved lines. Notice the angle in the top line that indicates the curve of the wrist.
2. Extend a long, curved line from the bottom of the arm. Double the line back upon itself, outlining the thumb.
3. From the thumb, extend another long, curved line. Double the line back upon itself, forming the pointer finger. Notice the angle formed by the nearly straight lines of the top of the finger. This indicates the bent knuckle.
4. Draw a curved line upwards from the finger, beginning between the fingertip and first knuckle. Follow the curvature of the pointer finger, forming the middle finger. From the middle finger, extend a similarly curved line to form the ring finger. From the ring finger, extend a curved line to form the pinkie finger. Allow this line to connect with the wrist, completely enclosing the hand.
5. Next, begin to draw the fingers of the second hand. Enclose two elongate rounded shapes, one smaller than the other, overlapping the hand and pointer finger.
6. Enclose two more elongate rounded shapes, overlapping the hand and thumb.
7. Extend a curved line from the base of the thumb. Allow the line to cross over into the thumb, doubling back upon itself until it almost connects outside the hand. This forms the thumb of the second hand.
8. Erase the guide lines that cross the fingers.
9. Extend a pair of parallel, diagonal lines in the opposite direction from the first, outlining the wrist and arm of the second hand. Use a few short, curved lines to designate the palm at the base of the wrist. Then, detail your hands. Enclose the rounded shapes of fingernails at the tips of the fingers. Draw short, curved lines to indicate the curve of each knuckle, both on the fingers and on the back of the hand.
10. Color your hands.
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.