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.
1. Begin by drawing a series of curved lines to form the stem. First, draw a pair of curved lines that are parallel at the bottom, but diverge in a "V" shape as they extend upward. Let one line extend farther than the other. Then, draw a pair of "V" shaped lines parallel to the previous lines.
2. At the tip of one stem, enclose two irregular curved shapes. Notice that one shape is smaller than the other. This forms the base of the flower.
3. On the other stem, draw a large, columnar, irregular shape. Then, use a curved line to enclose a similar shape partially covered by the first. This forms the first petals of the second flower.
4. Using curved lines, enclose a small, pointed petal and another elongate petal on the side of the second flower.
5. Use a pair of curved lines to enclose the large, elongate petal of the first flower, allowing them to meet in a gentle point. Enclose another large petal beside the first, then sketch several smaller petals between and beside the larger petals.
6. Extend another pair of curved, parallel lines from the split in the stem, forming another twig.
7. Using curved lines, enclose a pair of narrow, curved petals at the tip of the new stem. Then, enclose a large petal between the narrow ones. Finally, draw a few smaller petals peeking from behind the larger petal.
8. Draw a number of leaves emerging from the stem. For each leaf, begin with a single curved line. This forms the central leaf vein. Then, enclose the leaf around the vein, using two curved lines that meet in a gentle point.
9. Add detail and texture to your flowers. Extend diagonal, straight lines outward from each leaf vein. Draw pairs of short, curved lines along the stem in various places. Extend curved lines of different lengths along the length of each flower, beginning at the base of each petal.
10. Color your magnolia blossoms. Southern magnolias have dark green, shiny leaves and white or cream colored flowers. Pink flowered varieties are also common.
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.