"Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above, and a thing called love."
- "The Birds and the Bees" by Jewel Akins, 1965
When people speak of love, they often use the euphemism "the birds and the bees," and affectionate human pairs are often referred to as "love birds." But did you know that love birds are an actual avian species?
There are nine species of love birds, in fact. These small parrots are native to Africa and the island of Madagascar. Why are they called love birds? It is because they mate for life, and bonded pairs will often spend long hours side by side, snuggled close to one another. It has also been noted that the birds will grieve if separated from their partner. Captive birds may form an affectionate bond with their keepers, grooming them as if they were fellow birds.
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Interestingly, the idea of love birds, lovers, and Valentine's Day first came together during the 1300s. In a poem entitled "Parliament of Birds", Geoffrey Chaucer describes a meeting of birds at which the birds will choose, and compete for, their mates. This poem is also "the first reference to the idea that St. Valentine's Day is a special day for lovers."
Would you like to draw a pair of love birds? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. This guide will show you how to draw using simple lines and shapes. All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and an eraser. You may also wish to use colored pencils or something else to shade your finished drawing.
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will outline the head of one of the birds.
2. Draw a second circle, with a small portion eclipsed by the first. This will form the head of the second bird.
3. Use long, curved lines to outline the first bird's body. Notice how the lines nearly meet. Then, draw a curved "M" shaped line to enclose the heart shaped tail at the end of the body.
4. Repeat this process to draw the body of the second bird. First, draw two curved lines that nearly meet. Then, enclose the heart shaped tail.
5. Erase the guide lines left by the original circles.
6. Draw the wings in the middle of the bodies, using two connected "U" shaped lines for each. Then, draw a crest of feathers upon the heads. For each crest, draw several connected, curved lines that double back sharply upon themselves. Erase guide lines as necessary.
7. Draw feet beneath each bird. For each leg, extend a short, straight line downward from the body. Then, enclose a triangle to form the foot. Shade the triangle.
8. Draw the faces of the love birds. To draw the beaks, sketch two curved triangle shapes. Notice that the triangles touch at the tip. Shade a small circle to represent each eye. Indicate eyebrows by placing a short, curved line above each eye.
9. Give your birds something to stand on. Draw a tree branch by extending two long, parallel curved lines horizontally beneath the birds. Texture the branch's bark with swirls and curved lines.
10. Color your love birds. In our example, we've shaded the birds pink and blue. In the wild, however, love birds may be green, blue, or grey, with patches of red, pink, black, white, or yellow.
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.