Bow ties are a traditional type of necktie often worn primarily at formal occasions, including weddings, funerals, religious services, graduations, special parties, prom, and other dances. Technically speaking, the bow tie is described as "a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt in a symmetrical manner so that the two opposite ends form loops."
The bow tie is said to have originated during the Thirty Year War that took place in Europe during the seventeenth century. Scarves were worn by mercenaries, or hired soldiers, to hold together the neck opening of their shirts. The scarves became popular in France, and later evolved into bow the standard necktie and the bow tie.
Culturally, the bow tie inhabits a number of roles. Events may be described as "white tie" or "black tie affairs," meaning that attendees must "dress up" formally. This typically includes a bow tie for men. During the 1980s, many business women wore a fuller, feminine form of the bow tie with their business suits. Alternatively, clowns are at times depicted as wearing oversized, comical bow ties.
Bow ties, long regarded as relics, are making a comeback in modern society. For example, young Moziah Bridges of Memphis, Tennessee, USA has reintroduced the bow tie as an accessory for adolescents. Says Mo, "I started my company because I needed an accessory to help me look sharp, but didn't see anything out there that fit my style or personality. So, with the help of my granny, I started making my own bow ties." Mo is now the CEO of the company Mo's Bows; he will graduate high school in the year 2020.
Would you like to draw a bow tie? Now you can, using this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a good eraser. You may also wish to employ markers, crayons, colored pencils, paints, or other implements to shade your finished drawing.
In each step of this drawing guide, you will find detailed illustrations as well as explanatory text. Pay special attention to the highlighted blue lines, as these indicate new lines to be added to your drawing. In some steps, lines drawn previously will be removed.
Ships are large water-going vessels, especially those that traverse deep water such as oceans and seas. Historically, ships have been used to transport goods and people over long distances, including those used by the military.
Sailing vessels large enough to be called ships were first invented around 3,000 years ago. Such ships brought settlers across the ocean to Australia and its surrounding islands. The ancient Egyptians were also skilled ship builders. One of their ships was discovered, intact, in 1954, buried among other items of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
During the past several centuries, there have been a number of ships that have become famous. For example, three wooden sailing vessels, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria were used by Christopher Columbus during his well known voyage to the Americas.
Perhaps the world's most famous ship is the Titanic, similar in appearance to the ship in this drawing tutorial. When it was launched in 1912, the Titanic was the biggest ship ever built; for this reason, its designers thought it was unsinkable. The Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The sinking of the Titanic has been immortalized in a number of films, including the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic.
Would you like to draw your own sailing ship? With the aid of this simple, step-by-step tutorial, doing so is easier than ever. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps a good eraser. If you have supplies such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paints on hand, you may use these to shade your finished drawing.
Trucks are motor vehicles that range in size from that of a passenger automobile the huge, specialized emergency and construction vehicles. Originally designed for hauling cargo, trucks have become symbols of masculinity, hard work, and rural life.
The word "truck" was derived from the term "truckle," meaning "wheel" or "pulley." The first trucks were steam powered and came into use during the 1800s. The 1890s saw the invention of trucks that used modern internal combustion motors.
Pickup trucks, such as the one pictured in this tutorial, are a common element of Americana art depicting the "good old days" or farm life. In 2006, Disney's animated truck named Mater garnered acclaim as the comic relief in the film Cars. Since then, Mater has had a role in two sequels and various short films. Other cartoons have employed personified trucks as well.
Would you like to draw your own truck? Simply follow along with this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints handy, you may wish to use these to complete your drawing. Pay careful attention to the highlighted blue lines in each step, as these indicate new lines to be added.
"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.
A horseshoe is a metal object designed to protect a horse's hoof. Horseshoes have a long history. In ancient China, horses' feet were sometimes wrapped in leather, and a "hipposandal" or hoof boot of ancient Roman design has been discovered in Great Britain. Nailed horseshoes were developed over 1,000 years ago.
Did you know? A horse's hoof is actually its toenail. Domestic horses have just one toe, and ideally, the soft part of the foot never touches the ground. Because it is a toenail and has no sensitivity or nerve endings, the horseshoe can be nailed directly to the hoof. Other hooved animals, such as oxen, may also be shod.
Why do horses need shoes? In the wild, horses typically live in dry areas, and they move slowly all day long in search of food. This results in hardening and even wearing of the hoof. In captivity, the environment is often much wetter, and horses may be confined in barns or relatively small enclosures. The hooves grow unchecked and may split, causing injury. The shoe gives support to the weakened hoof.
Horseshoes are a common feature of rustic, equestrian, or western decor. In some areas, they are also used as good luck charms. In most cases, a "lucky horseshoe" is hung with the opening pointing up in order to "catch luck." If it was hung facing down, it is said that all the luck would fall out. Sometimes, it is hung upside down so that the luck "pours out" on people walking under the shoe.
Would you like to draw a cartoon horseshoe? 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.
In this really easy drawing tutorial you will learn to draw a simple guitar.
While the guitar is on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry - no rock star could perform without it - this instrument is actually very ancient. Its predecessors, the lute, lyre, bowl harp, and tanbur date to over 4,000 years ago.
One ancient tanbur belonged to an Egyptian singer named Har-Mose. It is presumed to be 3,500 years old, and it was found in the tomb in which Har-Mose was buried. Today, this guitar-like instrument is on display at the Archaeological Museum in Cairo, Egypt. Such instruments are shown in paintings and carvings in places around the world.
Over time, these instruments of antiquity changed, little by little - for example, growing to include six strings instead of four. By the 16th century, guitars looked very much like they do today. The instrument continues to evolve, however - many modern musicians use steel-stringed electric guitars.
Would you like to draw your very own guitar? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step guitar drawing tutorial. Do you have a pencil and a piece of paper? That's all you'll need to begin drawing your guitar. You may also want to have an eraser handy, as some early lines, called guide lines, will need to be removed from your drawing. Finally, do you have colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints? Use these tools to shade your finished guitar.
If you're ready to be the star of the show, it's time to draw an easy guitar.
"Mandala" is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle." In Hinduism and Buddhism, mandalas are spiritual symbols that represent the universe, organization, and connection to things seen and unseen. These religious mandalas typically consist of a circle and a square with four "gates," all adorned with tiny details of design. These mandalas are used to establish sacred spaces, aid in meditation, or induce a spiritual trance.
In some forms of Buddhism, mandala sand paintings are used in funeral rites, or symbolically represent a sacrifice of the entire universe to Buddha. The sand often consisted of crushed gemstones. The mandala has also influenced other spheres of life in areas where the Hindu and Buddhist religions are prominent. The Rajamandala, or "circle of states," has been used to describe forms of government in the region of Asia.
Designs similar to the mandala are historically seen in other regions as well. For example, windows, floors, and paintings in centuries old Christian cathedrals reflect the mandala's intricate detail and circular shape. Native Americans also created artwork that could be called mandalas. Many tribes used designs called "medicine wheels." The Navajo created sand art mandalas similar to those still accomplished by Tibetan monks. These represented the impermanence of life. The Aztecs and Maya recorded their religious calendars in an intricate circle.
Today, the term "mandala" has been expanded to include any chart or diagram representing the universe, as well as any detailed circular pattern. The famous psychologist Carl Jung related the drawing of mandalas to personal growth, an expression of the emotional state inside a person. Intricate mandala patterns have also become a popular subject of adult coloring books, often meant to help the artist relax and relieve stress.
Would you like to draw your own mandala? This simple beginner's mandala is a good place to start. You will improve your skills as you follow this easy, step-by-step mandala drawing tutorial. All you will need is a sheet of paper and something with which to draw. Pay close attention to the highlighted blue lines, as these indicate new marks to be made in each step.
If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers or paints handy, you can use these to color your finished mandala. Historically, mandalas have included a range of bright colors. Even the colors in ancient mandalas held meaning. What will yours mean?
Shoes are a very ordinary item. In most parts of the world, people wear them everyday to protect their feet from injury or cold.
Shoes, however, have become much more than foot protection. Today, many people select their shoes as a decorative item, a symbol of self-expression.
Tennis shoes, also called sneakers, are among the most popular. Designed as athletic shoes, they are now worn casually as well.
The name "sneakers" was recorded as early as 1887, because the rubber sole was very quiet compared to the leather soles often used at that time.
Sneakers have also become emblematic of popular culture. Music artists are often contracted to promote popular brands.
"Sneakerheads" are collectors of shoes. "Artistically modified" collectible shoes may sell for upwards of 1,000 dollars at retail stores, while those worn by celebrities in competitions or movies may be sold at auction for thousands or even millions of dollars.
For example, Nike made 1,500 replica pairs of the Nike Air Mag shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in the movie Back to the Future. The shoes were sold at a charity auction, one pair selling for over 37,000 dollars.
The Air Jordan 12 sneakers worn by basketball star Michael Jordan during a 1997 finals game sold for 104,000 dollars at auction.
Singer Kanye West once partnered with Nike to design a shoe called the Air Yeezy 2 Red October. In an eBay auction, bidding for this shoe reached 17 million dollars.
Would you like to draw your own pair of kicks? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step shoe drawing tutorial.
All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a good eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints on hand, you can shade your sneakers in bright colors.
Boots are an ancient form of footwear originally designed to protect the wearer from cold, moisture, or other hazards. The earliest boots consisted of three parts - called soles, uppers, and leggings - that were worn in an overlapping fashion to protect the foot, ankle, and leg. Around 1,000 B.C., the first one-piece boots were invented.
Today, boots come in many styles. Steel toed boots protect construction workers, while other boots are used in such applications as horseback riding, hiking, flight suits, and the military. Cowboy boots have became a well-known symbol of the American west, and these and other styles of boots are considered fashion accessories. Rain boots, or galoshes, are often brightly colored and worn by both children and adults in rainy weather.
Would you like to draw your own pair of sturdy boots? Doing so is now easier than ever with the aid of this simple, step-by-step boot drawing tutorial. All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and a good eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints on hand, you can color your drawing when finished.
In each step of this drawing guide, you will find detailed illustrations accompanied by explanatory text. Pay close attention to the light blue lines, as these indicate new lines being added. In some steps, you will need to erase lines previously drawn.
The fishing rod is the tool most often used by recreational fishermen. The sport of fishing is also referred to as angling, and fishing equipment is known as tackle.
The oldest accounts of a fishing rod date to about the fourth century B.C.E. in China. The rod was made from bamboo, with a silk line and a hook made from a sewing needle. Early fish hooks made of stone, wood, or bone were called gorges.
The reel was invented in England during the 1700s. Since that time, the design of the fishing rod has remained relatively unchanged, with materials being replaced with stronger and lighter ones.
Interestingly, fishing methods have also been steady for hundreds of years. During the 1600s in Europe, a number of books were written on fly fishing. The same techniques are used by fly fishermen today either from a fishing boat or river shores.
Would you like to draw a cartoon fishing rod? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
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Starbucks is a chain coffee shop known around the world. The company was named after a character in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Its logo is a "twin-tailed mermaid, or siren as she's known in Greek mythology." The green color represents the college of the founders.
Starbucks started as a coffee and equipment seller before transforming into the cafes we know and love today. It quickly became a part of popular culture, resulting in many parodies in comics, music, movies, and television. Parodies of the iconic green logo can be found on everything from children's toys to t-shirts, and authentic Starbucks branded items, including Christmas tree ornaments and reusable cups, often become collector's items.
Did you know? Starbucks has a so-called "secret menu" created by clever baristas and discerning customers. Many of these "secret" beverages have cute names, like "the Cinderella," but odds are your local barista wouldn't know these drinks by name. Instead, you can order from the "secret menu" by describing a beverage not otherwise offered. "The Cinderella," for example, is a combination of white chocolate mocha and pumpkin spice, so named because Cinderella purportedly rode in a carriage that had once been a pumpkin.
Would you like to draw up some Starbucks? Place your order, because this cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.