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.
Emojis are small drawings that can be added to text messages or emails to convey emotion. The unicorn emoji was released in 2015. It is used to represent the mythical beast, whimsy, fantasy, uniqueness, and the LGBTQ community.
What is a unicorn? This horse like creature was believed to have a spiral horn protruding from its forehead. The horn was often thought to have magical powers, such as healing. Unicorns are mentioned in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, the Middle East, China, and India. Some translations of the Bible into English mention the unicorn; likely, the Hebrew word re'em referred to the rhinoceros or aurochs, a type of wild bull.
Legends of the unicorn were often cases of mistaken identity. The spiral tusk of the narwhal, a type of whale, was mistaken for that of the unicorn. When the science of paleontology was in its infancy, sketches were misidentified as those of unicorn skeletons.
As recently 1809, unicorns were still believed to exist. The Encyclopaedia Britannica of that year stated: "There can, we think, be little doubt that the unicorn exists in Africa not far north of the Cape of Good Hope, and perhaps, at some distant period it may be as well known as the elephant or the hippopotamus is at present."
Science still has not uncovered evidence of the unicorn, but it is alive and well in the imaginations of many. Today, the term "unicorn" is often used to describe something that is rare or especially unique.
Would you like to draw the mystical unicorn emoji? This easy, step-by-step emoji drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.
Cosmetics like lipstick have been used since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and others used lip color. Queen Elizabeth I of England used a red chemical called mercuric sulfide, a pigment also used to make vermillion paint. A cosmetic called rouge was used both as a lipstick and as a blush on the cheeks.
Today, "lipstick is made of dyes and pigments in a fragranced oil-wax base." Beeswax, carnauba wax, or candelilla wax may be used. Lipstick is considered "an almost universal cosmetic since, together with the eyes, the mouth is a leading feature, and it can be attractively coloured and textured."
Lipstick differs from lip balms or chapstick in that its main purpose is to provide long-lasting color, while the other products are intended to moisturize the lips. There can, however, be a crossover of these purposes - moisturizing lipsticks and tinted lip balms. Lip balms are usually packaged in smaller and less decorated tubes than lipsticks.
In the past, women who wore lipstick and other makeup were considered to be of poor moral character. This began to change during the 1800s. Today, lipstick is often associated with beauty and perhaps fame. Sometimes, lipstick is even personified as a character in its own right, such as Lippy Lips from the Shopkins toy line.
Would you like to draw a tube of lipstick? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.
Today, books are familiar sights in homes and classrooms around the world. Books may be sheets of paper, called leaves, hinged together on one side, or they may be electronic representations of the same material. Electronic books, called ebooks, can be read on computers, tablets, phones, and dedicated e-readers.
Books as we know them have not always been around, however. In early history, tablets were used to record information. A tablet was a piece of stone or clay on which words were carved. Some tablets were made in the shape of cylinders. Later, scrolls, or long sheets of paper rolled around a spindle, were used. By the end of the first century C.E., the book had taken its familiar form, then called a codex.
For many thousands of years, books were rare and expensive, as they had to be written and drawn by hand. In 1450, German inventor Johannes Gutenberg developed the first printing press with movable type. From that time, books became more affordable and available.
What books have the most copies in print? The Bible has over 5 billion copies in circulation, nearly one for every person on earth; billions of copies have also been made of the political work Quotations from Chairman Mao. Don Quixote, written in 1605, has sold 500 million copies; A Tale of Two Cities, 1859, 200 million copies; and Lord of the Rings, 1954, 150 million copies.
In this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial, you will learn to draw a three dimensional book. Will this book be your math book, your journal, or your favorite story? The choice is yours.
All you will need to complete this drawing is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing.
In each step, you will see a detailed illustration along with explanatory text. Pay special attention to the light blue lines, as these indicate new lines to be added. Now, hit the books and start drawing!
Massive castles are a sight to behold. At first they were build to protect the inhabitants and the surrounding areas. Later they evolved into decorated residents for the nobility.
Castles have also long been an important part of fairy tale illustrations. Have you seen the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland?
Drawing a cartoon castle is easy. There are a lot of details but they are all easy to draw. Would you like to draw your very own cartoon castle?
With the aid of this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial, you will need only a pencil and paper, and perhaps an eraser and something with which to color.
In each step of this simple drawing guide, notice that new lines are highlighted in blue.
When we think of cartoons, we often think first of the characters. The environment, however, can be just as important.
Think of Goldilocks and the three bears - the story wouldn't have been the same without the bears' house, where everything was either too much, too little, or just right. What about the gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel found, the little old woman who lived in a shoe, Nemo's anemone, or even the pineapple under the sea that houses the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants? Without the houses, these and other stories would simply not be complete.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon house? Doing so is simple and easy when you use this step-by-step drawing tutorial.
You won't need any special tools or skills, only a pencil and a piece of paper. You may want to have an eraser handy to correct any mistakes, and some colored pencils, markers, or crayons to shade your finished picture.
As you follow this drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, new lines added in the current step are highlighted in blue. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along.
"Beef - it's what's for dinner."
- Slogan of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
The word "steak" comes from the mid-fifteenth century terms steik or stekys, refering to "a thick slice of meat cut for roasting or grilling or frying." Steak is a favorite food of people around the world.
While steaks can be cut from virtually any type of meat, including pork, venison, and fish, the term most often refers to beefsteak. Restaurants that specialize in serving steak are called steakhouses. In many countries, including the United States and Australia, menus generally consist of several different cuts of steak that can be cooked to order, from rare to well done. Steaks are often served with salads, vegetables, mushrooms, rolls, and a starch, such as mashed potatoes, a baked potato, or steak fries.
Some steak cuts, such as prime rib and t-bone steak, are more highly prized than others, as are some types of cattle. For example, the Japanese Wagyu is known for the fine marbling of fat within the meat. Some Wagyu cattle are treated as celebrities, receiving massages and drinking wine.
In popular culture, a steak dinner is representative of an expensive meal, date night, or a celebration. The wealthy may be depicted as enjoying a steak dinner in juxtaposition to the hungry lower class. Many cartoons feature starving characters picturing their companions as giant steaks.
Would you like to draw a cartoon steak? This easy, step-by-step cartoon food drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your drawing.
The modern automobile was invented in the late 1800s. Ever since, the car has been a beloved part of our technological culture.
It wasn't long before cartoonists were personifying cars and other vehicles by giving them eyes, mouths, and personalities of their own. This type of image has become increasingly popular since the release of Disney's feature film Cars in 2006.
Would you like to be able to draw your very own cute cartoon car? Now you can, using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you will need to draw a cartoon car is a piece of paper and a pencil, pen, or marker. You may also want to have some crayons, colored pencils, or markers handy to color your finished drawing.
As you follow the step-by-step drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an illustration. In the picture, new lines added in that step are highlighted in blue. Sketch lightly at first, as you will likely need to erase some of your early lines before you finish the drawing.
It's time to put the pedal to the medal and draw a cartoon car. Gentlemen, start your engines...ready, set, go!
Bang! Pow! Many early children's cartoons, such as the Looney Tunes, included the use of guns. Iconic characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Tom and Jerry, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzales, and Wile E. Coyote, were often seen firing these weapons. More often than not, though, the result was a "bang" with no bullet - perhaps a little flag extending from the tip of the weapon. Some of the more violent scenes have been edited from television re-runs of the cartoon series.
The revolver, the type of gun featured in this step-by-step drawing guide, has been in existence since the 1580's. The style still in use today was patented by Samuel Colt in 1836. By 1857, Smith and Wesson were also producing weapons based on this patent.
To draw a cartoon revolver, you will need only a piece of paper and a pencil. You may also wish to acquire an eraser to correct any mistakes, and colored pencils, crayons, or markers to color your completed drawing.
Each step in this simple drawing guide is accompanied by a an illustration. In each picture, lines added in the current step are highlighted in blue; lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. You will need to erase some of your early lines, called guide lines, in order to complete the drawing. Therefore, you may wish to sketch lightly at first.
The first modern bicycle was invented in 1885. An earlier vehicle with two inline wheels, called the Dandy Horse, was developed in Germany in 1817. Similarly, the velocipede gained attention in 1839; it resembled the modern bike except for its large front wheel and lack of a chain.
Today, bicycles serve a variety of purposes. Both children and adults enjoy riding bicycles for fun and for exercise. In crowded cities, bicycles are often used as a means of transportation to and from work. In some places, police officers, mail delivery personnel, and even the military utilize bicycles. Bikes are also used in sports such as racing, mountain biking, and BMX trick riding.
The most popular bicycle design in the world is called the Chinese Flying Pigeon. In fact, it is the most popular vehicle in the world, outranking any car with over 500 million in circulation. Some cities are constructing special bike routes to encourage this form of transportation.
Bicycles have become an important component of visual arts. Antique bicycles are sought by collectors; these are often restored and placed on display. Items such as pillows, t-shirts, and wall art featuring a bicycle motif are common. The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates urban cycling through art and music.
Would you like to add a bicycle to your own artwork? With the aid of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial, doing so is easy. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps a good eraser. Would you like your bike to display bright colors? Use your crayons, markers, paints, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
"Diamond's are a girl's best friend." "He's a diamond in the rough." "I'm just a lump of coal, but I'm going to be a diamond someday." The little stone known as a diamond has taken on a multifaceted meaning in cultures around the world.
Diamonds are made of carbon, the same material abundant in common coal and graphite. High temperatures and intense pressure, however, can cause carbon to bond in a crystalline structure that endows ordinary rock with extraordinary beauty. Diamond is one of the toughest materials in the world; in fact, it is used on the tips of many cutting and industrial tools. The word diamond means "unbreakable" in ancient Greek.
The shape we recognize as a diamond today is the result of cutting the stone so that light reflects from it, causing it to sparkle. Diamonds often symbolize aristocracy, a high economic status, and, when set in a gold band, marital engagement. The practice of giving a diamond ring as a symbol of betrothal dates back to the 1400's. The practice became thoroughly embedded in popular culture during the 1930's, due to advertising campaigns by De Beers mining company of South Africa. The diamond is also the birth stone for the month of April.
Would you like to draw your very own sparkly diamond? All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. In each step, new lines drawn are highlighted in blue, and explanations can be found in the accompanying text. You may wish to use colored pencils, paints, markers, or crayons to shade your finished picture.
A chair is a common piece of furniture throughout the world. It is also one of the most ancient. The oldest known chairs date to about 2600 B.C.E. and were from ancient Egypt.
Chairs take on many forms. Traditionally, wooden chairs were upright in form with a cloth or woven cushion. Today, chairs range from cloth sacks filled with styrofoam beans (bean bag chairs) and hammock-like chairs strung on a frame to single-piece chairs made entirely of plastic. Some chairs, such as the office or video gamer chairs, serve specific purposes and are ergonomically designed to support the body.
Chairs also have symbolic meanings. Heavy, elaborate chairs called thrones have long been used to distinguish royalty and other important people. To "chair" a meeting or an event means to preside over it, being given a symbolic seat of honor. Offering someone a chair can indicate friendship.
Would you like to draw a cartoon chair? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.