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.
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
- Martin Buber, philosopher
The cat has been a beloved fixture in human life since antiquity. The ancient Egyptians worshiped temple cats, even mummifying some. In other cultures, cats were used to control rodent pests. Today, cats are most often house pets.
Did you know? In 2001, the cat became the world's first cloned pet. Her name was CC, short for "Copy Cat."
The term "cat eyes" has entered popular culture as more than just the cat's means of sight. Glasses that are pointed on the sides are referred to as "cat eyes," as is a specific style of makeup that utilizes pointed eyeliner. Both of these styles attempt to imitate the slanted shape of the cat's penetrating eyes.
Would you like to draw a realistic cat's face? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished cat.
"Come with me, the time is right,
There's no better team!
Arm in arm, we'll win the fight,
It's always been our dream!"
- Pokémon theme song
Ash Ketchum is a young Pokémon trainer from Pallet Town. At the age of ten, he left his home to become a Pokémon master.
As the main protagonist of the series, we've followed Ash's journey through numerous manga, anime, and films. During the Pokémon Sun and Moon series, Ash makes a thrilling discovery, one that has not occurred in hundreds of years - Ash's Greninja powers up due to a strong bond with its trainer, becoming Ash-Greninja.
Would you like to draw Ash-Greninja? This easy, step-by-step Pokémon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
Mewtwo is a legendary psychic-type Pokémon from Generation I. He is part of the so-called "Mew duo" along with Mew. Both Pokémon were introduced in the animated film Pokémon: The First Movie, also called Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998).
Mewtwo does not evolve from any other Pokémon. Instead, it was created in a scientific laboratory, cloned from one of Mew's eyelashes.
Mewtwo does not normally evolve into other Pokémon, either, but it can mega evolve into Mega Mewtwo X or Y when exposed to the Mega Stones Mewtwonite X or Y.
Mewtwo is a very rare Pokémon, and as few as two specimens have ever been found. Trainers can encounter Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave after testing their skill at the Indigo Plateau.
Would you like to draw the dark and brooding Mewtwo? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step Pokémon drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
Mewtwo, I choose you!
Rayquaza is a Legendary dual-type flying dragon Pokémon of Generation III. Rayquaza has not been observed to evolve into or from any other Pokémon, but it can mega evolve.
Along with Kyogre and Groudon, Rayquaza leads the weather trio or elemental trio, a protective group of super-ancient Pokémon.
Rayquaza is said to be hundreds of millions of years old. It lives in the upper atmosphere, and is rarely seen by people because it resembles a falling meteor while in flight. It also consumes meteors in order to use their power.
Would you like to draw a rambunctious Rayquaza? This easy, step-by-step Pokémon 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 color your finished drawing.
Rayquaza, I choose you!
Lucario, the Aura Pokémon, is a dual-type fighting and steel Pokémon of Generation IV. Lucario evolves from Riolu and can mega evolve when exposed to the Mega Stone Lucarionite.
Lucario are extremely rare. They live in the mountains and hunt in packs. Lucario are prideful Pokémon but are also very loyal to their trainers.
Lucario has the ability to sense and manipulate "aura," energy put off by Pokémon and their trainers, using small organs on the back of its head. It can read the thoughts and feelings of others up to half a mile away.
Would you like to draw the doglike Lucario? This easy, step-by-step Pokémon drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
Lucario, I choose you!
Ever since its video game release in 1996 and the anime series debut in 1998, Pokémon has been popular among children, teenagers, and adults. The character Charizard adds humanity's centuries-long fascination with dragons to this exciting world.
To draw your own Charizard, follow this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a piece of paper and something with which to draw. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, or markers to color your work.
In each illustration, new lines are highlighted in blue. Draw your lines lightly at first, as you will be erasing many to complete your drawing.
Are you ready to begin your Pokémon adventure? Charizard, I choose you!
Hawks are hunters, birds of prey known as raptors. Hawks of various sizes are found all over the world.
Falconry, also called hawking, has been a popular sport for centuries. Falconry involves training a hawk to hunt prey on command. Since this was a sport of royalty, falcons were often seen in artwork.
One such example is that of the book De Arte Verandi cum Avibus, or On the Art of Hunting with Birds, written in the 1200s and featuring many illustrations.
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Today, hawks appear in such art forms as sports team mascots and cartoon characters. Included among these are DC Comic's Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and Looney Tunes' Henery Hawk.
Would you like to draw a cartoon hawk? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and perhaps a good art eraser. You may also wish to employ crayons, colored pencils, paints or markers to shade your finished drawing.
Anime is a popular style of cartoon animation. It can be hand drawn or computer generated. Anime can be recognized by the large, expressive, often rectangular eyes of its characters, as well as the spiked nature of many hairstyles.
Anime's history dates back to at least 1917, when the first known Japanese animation was produced. Today, this art has grown to include more than 400 production studios. Not only do they produce cartoons for children, but dramas, romances, and action series for adults as well.
The love of anime has grown far beyond manga comic books and animated cartoons. Many fans dress as their favorite characters, acting out battles or scenes in a hobby called cosplay. In Japan, otaku, or anime fan culture, extends as far as themed restaurants staffed by costumed employees. Fans desire to enter real spaces that mimic their favorite fictional worlds as closely as possible.
Would you like to draw an anime girl face in 3/4 view? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
Prayer is an act that is universal to all religions, throughout human history. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes prayer as "an act of communication by humans with the sacred or holy," usually a god or gods.
In many religions, prayerful adherents assume certain postures during prayer. These may including bowing with the face to the ground, raising the arms toward the sky, bowing the head, closing the eyes, or "folding" the hands in prayer - typically, by placing the palms and fingers together.
The origin of the praying hands is uncertain. Some sources cite ancient religious use of this gesture, from ancient Babylon and later from the Jews. Other references cite it as a symbol of servitude, arising from the practice of shackling the hands of prisoners so that they could not grasp a weapon and retaliate. Similarly, a medieval pope references the custom of placing one's joined hands into the hands of a feudal lord, as a sign of respect and obedience.
Hands in a prayerful stance have often been the subject of the fine arts. One famous drawing is known as "Praying Hands" or as "Study of the Hands of an Apostle." The drawing was made by painter Albrecht Durer in the year 1508. A 60 foot tall statue, also called "Praying Hands," stands on the grounds of a university in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Would you like to draw a set of praying hands? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a good eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paints to color your finished drawing.
Anime is a popular style of Japanese animation used in cartoons. This characteristic art style emerged in the 1960s, both in cartoon anime and the related comic book manga. Its popularity increased markedly during the 1990s and still continues to grow.
Anime characters typically have large, expressive eyes, and extreme emotions are commonly displayed. Loss, death, unrequited love, and betrayal are popular themes, especially in series aimed at adults rather than children. As such, sad characters such as the one in this drawing guide are a staple in many anime.
Today, over 400 studios produce anime, and others have adopted the style outside of Japan. More than half of the world's animated television shows are considered anime.
Would you like to draw a cartoon of a sad anime girl? This easy, step-by-step anime cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.
The term "chibi" is derived from a Japanese verb meaning "to become shorter." It is a style of caricature that features its subject in an exaggerated way. Chibi "are small and chubby, with stubby limbs and oversized heads to make them resemble children." The word chibi can also be translated as "little" or "cute."
Chibi has become popular due to its use in anime and manga. When drawing a chibi character, the head usually takes up one third to one half of the cartoon's height. The design, including the features of the face, is also simplified and less detailed when compared to other drawing styles.
Chibi drawing styles are used occasionally in non-chibi cartoons to achieve a comedic effect. The chibi character is often expressing a strong emotion, such as anger or infatuation. Examples can be found in anime such as Pokémon and One Piece. Chibi caricatures are also drawn of famous people and historical figures.
Would you like to draw a chibi cartoon? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.