How to Draw a Sunset – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” ― John SteinbeckThe Grapes of Wrath

Scientifically, sunset describes “the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon as a result of Earth's rotation.” Culturally, however, this frequent phenomena holds much deeper meaning

Various ancient religions held that the sun was a god, pulled across the sky each day in a great celestial chariot. The setting of the sun indicated the god’s passage through the underworld.

Some religions, such as the worship of Amun-Ra in ancient Egypt, included rituals meant to awaken or revive the sun from its daily death. This idea still resonates in the metaphorical application of “sunset” to the later years of one’s life.

Today, sunsets are often featured in works of art. They are also a favorite subject of photography.

Beach sunsets, such as the one featured in this drawing tutorial, are used to represent vacations, relaxation, the tropics, and ample monetary funds.

Would you like to draw your very own sunset? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to employ crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to vividly shade your finished sunset.

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How to Draw a Cartoon Forest

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Can you see the forest for the trees?

Forests are a vital part of earth's ecosystems. They produce much of the oxygen we breath, and they are home to animals large and small. Without the world's forests, life as we know it would not be possible.

Now you can draw a forest, thanks to this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You'll learn how to draw, not only a single tree, but many.

You will not need any special skills or tools, only a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to color your finished drawing, and an eraser to remove guide lines or mistakes. In each step, new lines are added in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black.

When you're finished, why not check out some of our other drawing tutorials to fill your forest with friendly woodland creatures, such as a fox, a bear, a squirrel, or a wolf?

How to Draw a Rainbow – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Rainbows are a meteorological, or weather, phenomenon. When white light from the sun is bent, or refracted, by droplets of water, a rainbow appears. Rainbows always appear on the opposite side of the sky from the sun.

Did you know? The color bands of the rainbow always appear in a specific order. An easy way to remember the order is the acronym ROY G. BIV. Each letter in this fictional “name” stands for the first letter of a color: Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Indigo (a very dark shade of blue), and violet (a dark purple). In nature, the red is always on the top and the purple is on the bottom in a primary rainbow. This is due to the fact that blue and purple light bend more than red light when filtered through the raindrops. In the case of a double rainbow, the colors in the secondary arch are reversed.

Rainbows have featured in art and culture for millennia. One of the earliest recorded mentions of a rainbow is found in the Bible book of Genesis. In this account, the rainbow symbolized God’s promise to never again bring a global flood to the earth. The Greek scholar Aristotle and other ancient philosophers theorized possible causes for rainbows. In Ireland, leprechauns were said to hide their pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. Since rainbows appear to “move” when approached, the gold could never be discovered by people.

Rainbows feature prominently in religious art, and artists interested in painting the effects of light often include rainbows in their work. Certain family crests in Europe contained rainbows, and in Italy a rainbow flag was once used as a symbol of peace. Rainbows have featured in songs and poetry as well, such as in the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the film The Wizard of Oz (1933).

Would you like to draw your very own rainbow? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. Since rainbows are very colorful, you will also likely wish to use crayons, colored pencils, paints, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

In each step, notice the highlighted blue lines in the illustration. These represent new lines to be added to your drawing. Explanatory text accompanies each illustration.

How to Draw a Waterfall – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Waterfalls - rivers that descend steeply, often from mountains - are among the most breathtaking landmarks on the planet. Some are small, while others are massive. Consider a few of the world's most interesting waterfalls.

Niagara Falls in Canada is perhaps the most famous waterfall in the world. The three distinct waterfalls that comprise Niagara Falls straddle the border between the United States and Canada. Horseshoe Falls, with its Maid of the Mist boat ride, lies on the Canadian side while the American and Bridal Veil Falls are located in the state of New York. This waterfall is 188 feet high and nearly 3,500 feet wide.

Angel Falls in Venezuela is the tallest waterfall in the world, cascading an amazing 3,200 feet. Angel Falls descends from a table-top mountain, a mountain with a flat top.

The Damajagua Cascades, also called 27 Charcos or 27 Waterfalls, is located in the Dominican Republic. This series of 27 small waterfalls provides tourists with a natural water park. Equipped with helmets, life jackets, and local guides, visitors climb, slip, slide and jump down the falls, some of which are 40 feet in height.

Would you like to draw your own waterfall landscape? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step waterfall drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints on hand, you can use these to shade your finished drawing.

In each step, you will either add or remove lines from your drawing. You will be shown a detailed illustration along with explanatory text. An instructional video is also available.

How to Draw a Cartoon Tree

Trees are an important part of every ecosystem. In fact, we couldn't live without them - trees produce the very oxygen we breathe.

Whether just a feature in the background or as the focal point of your picture, you will enjoy drawing this cartoon tree. Simply follow the easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial below.

In order to draw a cartoon tree, you will need a sheet of paper and something to draw with, such as a pencil, pen, or marker. You may also want to have handy an eraser and colored pencils, crayons, or markers.

As you follow this drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an image. New lines in each step are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps are in black.

Sketch lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your initial lines before you complete the drawing.

How to Draw Grass – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

"Though nothing can bring back the hour.
Of splendour in the grass,
Of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find.
Strength in what remains behind."
-"Splendour in the Grass" by William Wordsworth

Grass is ubiquitous - in most parts of the world, grass is everywhere. This plant covers the ground we walk on, feeds us, feeds the animals we eat, and manages to survive in the most hostile of environments - such as a crack in the hot city sidewalk.

Perhaps you've never thought about it before, but life as we know it would not be possible without this humble plant. Grasses contribute to the oxygen we breath, with grasslands covering nearly half of the earth's non-icy land area. Grasses have provided staple crops throughout human history, including corn, wheat, rice, and other grains. Have you eaten a grass product today? If you've had cereal, bread, pasta, rice, or tortillas, you certainly have. Beer, which has been produced for over 4,000 years, would not exist without this plant.

In popular culture, grass continues to play a role. A green cultivated lawn has come to be regarded as a symbol of affluence. Grasses are also the topic of many maxims, including, "the grass is always greener on the other side" and "a snake in the grass." In art, grasses typically assume a supporting role as the greenery beneath the subject's feet.

Would you like to add such greenery to your own drawings? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper.

Is the grass always greener on the other side? It can be, if you choose to draw it so.

How to Draw a Cactus – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

There are about 1,750 known species in the group of plants known as the cactus (plural, cacti). Cacti are known for their sharp spines and the ability to conserve water in their thick flesh. Most live in areas that experience periods of drought, many in the world’s driest deserts.

Cacti play unique roles in their native ecosystems. For example, the saguaro cactus of Arizona, U.S.A., is the “tree” of the desert, growing to be up to 70 feet tall. They may live 150 years, and don’t grow their first arm until they reach 75 years of age. In late spring, the cactus opens white flowers for just one night, which are pollinated by bats that travel long distances to find the flowers. The saguaro is the type of cactus featured in this tutorial.

Cacti are also used by humans and animals for food, water, and shelter. Woodpeckers may excavate holes in large cacti, in which these and smaller birds nest. Some cacti contain enough water to quench the thirst of a desert traveler. Others, such as the prickly pear cactus, produce fruit and flesh that can be added to tasty dishes. The “pads” of the prickly pear are pickled or roasted to become the Mexican dish known as nopal.

Cacti feature prominently in the art of areas in which they naturally grow. For example, a stone carving of a man carrying a cactus dating to around 1,000 B.C. was discovered in Peru. Cacti are still a common subject of artwork in the American southwest. The coat of arms of Mexico includes a golden eagle perched atop a prickly pear cactus.

Would you like to draw a cactus? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to employ crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade you finished drawing.

Would you like to draw a cactus? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to employ crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade you finished drawing.

How to Draw a City – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

"Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city,
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty."
Petula Clark, "Downtown"

Big, bustling cities have become a part of the global culture. Some cities are iconic. Paris is known as the City of Love; Tokyo is often called the Neon City. Other famous metropolises include London, New York, San Francisco, and Sydney. The buildings and landmarks of each city - such as the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate bridge, and the Statue of Liberty - are widely recognizable, giving to each a unique personal identity.

Culturally, cities have represented both good and evil in religious works, such as in the Bible. They have been the subject of written stories and in movies. One example of the city in film is that of Metropolis (1927), based on a futuristic dystopian novel.

The cityscape is a popular image in art, especially photography. City landscapes at night are especially lauded, the city lights sparkling against a bedarkened sky. Many photographers use long exposures to capture "rivers" of vehicle headlights. Bokeh effects, or softening of light rings, are also used. Before the advent of photography, cityscapes were recorded in paintings.

Would you like to draw a city skyline? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple drawing guide. All you will need to draw your city is a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, paints, or markers to add color to your city.

How to Draw Lightning – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Lightning is essentially a really powerful burst of static electricity. Lightning can discharge within a single cloud, between two clouds, or between a cloud and the ground. Did you know? Lightning is called a strike if it hits something on the ground, and a flash if it stays in the clouds. Lightning that happens in winter is called thundersnow.

Scientists still don't fully understand the mechanics of how lightning works. It is thought that sub-freezing air in the middle of a storm cloud creates large and small ice crystals. The lighter crystals move upwards on the wind while the larger fall downwards. When these bump into one another, it creates an electrical charge.

It is estimated that around 1.4 billion lightning flashes occur on earth each year - that's 40 to 50 lightning bolts per second! A small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo receives more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the world. Other "hot spots" include areas in Venezuela, Singapore, and Florida, U.S.A.

The natural result of lightning is thunder. A lightning bolt super-heats the air it passes through, causing the gasses in the air to expand rapidly. This creates a shock wave which we hear as thunder. Because sound moves through the air at a constant rate, you can count to estimate how far away the lightning is. Each second from the time you see lightning to the moment you hear thunder represents about two tenths of a mile, or one third of a kilometer. Therefore, three seconds approximates one kilometer, and five seconds a mile.

Culturally speaking, lightning has blazed into the human psyche. Certain ancient gods were thought to use lightning bolts as weapons. Today, the lightning bolt is used to represent speed - for example, on the costume of the fictional superhero, the Flash.

Would you like to draw lightning? To do so, follow this easy, step-by-step lightning drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, paints, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Volcano – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

What is a volcano? Volcanoes form where cracks or ruptures are present in the earth's surface, or crust. Magma - molten, liquid rock beneath the surface - rises through these cracks. Once it reaches the surface, it is called lava. High pressure due to heat may even cause it to explode.

Ancient peoples attributed volcanic eruptions to acts of the gods. This is evident from Greek myth, and possibly from a man-made, volcano shaped pyramid discovered in Peru. In modern and popular art, volcanoes are often drawn alongside dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, hearkening to early times in the earth's history when the planet may have been less geographically stable.

Are volcanoes only a feature of the past? No, there are many active volcanoes on earth today. Some of the most active include Kilauea, on the island of Hawaii; Mount Etna and Mount Stomboli, in the Medditerranean region, near Italy; and Mount Yasur of the island of Vanuatu, that has been erupting for more than 800 years.

The geysers and other water features of Yellowstone National Park in the northwest United States are also fueled by volcanic activity. Astronomers have observed volcanoes on the surface of other planets in our solar system.

The most common volcanic figure in art is that of a mountain - called a cone - with a broken top, from which lava, smoke, and ash erupt. This is the type of volcano depicted in our easy, step-by-step drawing guide. Would you like to add a fiery volcano to your artwork? With the help of this simple drawing tutorial, all you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to enhance your finished drawing. Notice that each step features an illustration, in which new lines added are highlighted in blue, as well as explanatory text.

How to Draw the Sky – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

The sky has long been an object of fascination for humans. Since the dawn of time, he has looked to the stars, the clouds, the sun, and the rain, and drawn conclusions. In the sun, he saw a god who caused crops to grow as he made his daily march across the sky. In the stars and the clouds, he saw images of people, animals, and events of the past.

Scientifically, the sky, also called the celestial dome or sphere, is “everything that lies above the surface of the Earth, including the atmosphere and outer space.” Culturally, the sky was often considered the realm of the gods. In the religion of ancient Egypt, the sky itself was regarded as consisting of the goddess Nut and the god Horus. Sky gods were often considered to be creators of the earth and humanity and the bringers of weather – whether good or bad.

It has only been in very recent history that man has ventured forth in this unknown realm. It was in 1903 that the first airplane took flight in Kittyhawk, North Carolina, U.S.A. By the 1960s, manned space flights were possible.

A classic question asked by young children is, “Why is the sky blue?” Parents may dread this seemingly unanswerable question, but there is, in fact, an answer. While the sky actually has no color, it appears blue because the earth’s atmosphere scatters the blue wavelengths of sunlight more readily than it does red light. Therefore, more blue light reaches our eyes than any other color in the spectrum.

Would you like to be able to add a detailed sky to your drawings? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step sky drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to color your finished drawing. The sky can come in a variety of colors – blue on a sunny day, orange or purple at sunset, and black at night.

In each step of this drawing guide, you will see an illustration as well as explanatory text. Pay special attention to the highlighted blue lines in each drawing. These indicate new lines to be added to your drawing.

Remember, when you are drawing, the sky’s the limit!

How to Draw a Night Sky – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Pumbaa: "Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?"
Timon: "Pumbaa, I don't wonder; I know. They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing."
- Disney's The Lion King (1994)

Timon and Pumbaa may not have understood the science behind their view of the night sky, but night is essential to the rhythm of life on earth. Animals, plants, and people exhibit circadian rhythms - some are diurnal, sleeping at night but active during day. Others are nocturnal, awaking at night.

Night time and the night sky has had an impact on human culture since time immemorial. The darkness of night brings forth an element of predatory danger, yet the beauty of a starlit sky can only be experienced at this time.

Many cultures assigned meanings or even deities to the patterns of stars, called constellations, that could be seen in the night sky.

In Norse mythology, night itself was deified in the goddess Nótt, rider of a black horse. Ghosts, goblins, vampires, and other denizens of folklore are said to roam at night.

In the Bible book of Genesis, the stars in the sky are used to exemplify a promise made to the patriarch Abraham.

In the recent past, night time has still been used as a powerful metaphor. For example, Elie Wiesel's autobiographical account of the Holocaust - a genocide of Jews and others during World War II - is symbolically entitled Night.

Starry skies are also used to represent the concept of space exploration, and are therefore lent to adventure, courage, and facing the unknown.

Would you like to draw a nighttime sky? Doing so is as easy as a gentle night time breeze with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a good eraser. You may wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to bring your finished drawing to life.