What is a dream catcher? In some Native American cultures, especially the Ojibwe people and neighboring nations, the dream catcher is regarded as a protective charm often hung over the cradles of infants.
Legend has it that Asibikaashi, the Spider Woman, was a protector of the Ojibwe Nation, especially its children. As the people multiplied and spread across the land, Asibikaashi could not be everywhere at once to protect everyone. In her absence, mothers and grandmothers crafted spider webs out of plant fibers or animal sinews, supported by hoops of willow wood, and hung these over the cradles of the children. The hoops were often decorated with other sacred objects, including beads and feathers. According to ethnographer Frances Densmore, "It was said that they 'caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it.'"
Today, dream catchers are created and sold by many "new age" artists. However, many Native Americans find this to be an offensive misappropriation of their religious item.
Would you like to draw a dream catcher? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial will show you how. All you will need is a writing implement, such as a pen or pencil, and a sheet of paper. You may wish to use crayons, paints, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing.
A hug is a gesture recognized the world over. This universal posture can take place between friends, family members, or even strangers. It can be used as nonverbal communication in welcome, to express affection, to congratulate someone, or to comfort them. When many people hug at once, it is called a "group hug."
In addition to strengthening relationships, hugging has been shown to have other benefits. For example, it may lower blood pressure in some individuals or release the feel-good hormone oxytocin. The "Free Hugs" campaign was started by a man in Australia to share the benefits of hugging. He had the idea after a random hug from a stranger helped him overcome depression. Later, he stood in a public place with a sign offering "free hugs."
Did you know? The word "hug" dates back to the 1560s. It may have been derived from a Norse word meaning "to comfort" or a German word for "cherish" that originally meant "to enclose with a hedge."
In this age of social distancing, you may not be able to hug the people you love. It may be advisable not to touch other people in order to prevent the spread of germs. Or, you may live far away from your loved ones. But one thing you can always do is send them a card or give them a drawing - a paper hug!
Would you like to draw a paper hug for someone you love? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
The Celts or Kelts were the people of Europe from about 2000 BCE to 100 BCE. They ranged across the islands of Britain, across Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and much of Central Europe. Exactly who the Celtic tribes were, where they came from, and their relationship to one another is a subject of debate by researchers.
Evidence of Celtic culture is divined from archaeological findings and the writings of Greek and Roman historians. Celtic peoples were polytheistic and worshipped many gods and goddesses as well as nature. They were known as fierce warriors. Modern mythologies of warriors who carry their own heads, as in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, can be traced to Celtic myth.
Modern Celtic culture survives in a number of languages spoken in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. Celtic music and dance are also popular. Performances such as Celtic Woman can be seen around the world.
Celtic warrior themes are not uncommon today. For example, a rugby team from Great Britain is known as the Celtic Warriors. Their logo includes an armored warrior bearing a sword and a shield with a raven on it. Various Irish wrestlers and boxers have also used this moniker. Many sports teams use names like the "Celtics."
Would you like to draw a cartoon of a Celtic warrior? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper.
A cemetery or graveyard is a place set aside for burying the remains of the deceased. Cemeteries reflect the religious beliefs of the area and are often considered "holy ground." In some countries, such as Mexico and Japan, festivals in honor of the dead are celebrated in graveyards.
Since ancient times, graveyards were often avoided for sanitary reasons. The ancient Jews and Romans, for example, required that graveyards be located outside of cities. Later, graves were common in churchyards or "family plots" near homes.
Superstition added to the avoidance of graveyards. People feared that the dead or their spirits could rise from their graves to harm the living. These beliefs have especially centered around holidays such as Halloween and its predecessors.
Would you like to draw a cartoon graveyard? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to help you craft a creepy scene. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
- Jude 6, King James Version
Angels are defined as "any benevolent...spiritual being that mediates between the transcendent and temporal realms." Throughout history, various cultures have recorded such beings in their art, often endowing them with wings. Ancient examples can be seen in the Assyrian relief panel and other works displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Today, popular culture often glorifies fallen angels. Books and movies portray them as romantic figures. Interestingly, both ancient mythologies and the Bible did the same - though typically in an unfavorable light. In Greek mythology, for example, gods such as Zeus fathered half-human children.
In the Bible book of Genesis, it states that "the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them." It was this event that caused the "great flood" to occur.
Did you know? The term "angel" means "messenger." While modern artistic renderings of angels depict them as female, this has not always been the case. In the holy writings of Christianity and Judaism, materialized angels are always seen as males. The idea of female angels, such as the one in this drawing guide, may have been adopted from mythological goddesses worshiped throughout the world.
Would you like to draw a fallen angel? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial will show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser.