Cowboys are intimately associated with both the lore and the real history of the American West. Who were the cowboys? Encyclopaedia Britannica defines a cowboy as "a horseman skilled at handling cattle, an indispensable labourer in the cattle industry of the trans-Mississippi west, and a romantic figure in American folklore."
The world over, the cowboy hat is recognized as a symbol of the American West. American cowboys were not the first to wear them, however. Similar hats can be seen in depictions of Mongolian horsemen in Asia as far back as the thirteenth century - a design that kept a rider warm and the sun out of his eyes. Modern cowboy hats arose in northern Mexico, worn by the vaqueros, Spanish for "cowboy," in the early 1800s.
The design of the hat has changed little over the years. In fact, according to one source, "Today's cowboy hat has remained basically unchanged in construction and design since the first one was created in 1865 by J.B. Stetson." After the advent of motion pictures, stars of "Westerns" such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry were easily recognized by their hats. People from many backgrounds now sport this style of hat, most notably country music singers.
Original cowboy hats were made out of fur felt or leather, designed to be worn in all sorts of weather, including rain. One Stetson hat from the 1890s was recovered from a sunken ship after fourteen years; it was cleaned off and appeared as good as new. Today, many hats are designed to serve decorative rather than utilitarian purposes; wool felt or straw are not so durable.
Yeehaw! Saddle up and hit the trails with this easy, step-by-step cowboy hat drawing tutorial. You'll feel at home on the range as you gather your pencils, erasers, and paper to get started. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished cowboy hat. Now, get along, little doggy!
Fireworks are now a common sight during celebrations the world over. Brilliant multicolored light patterns, accompanied by loud pops and booms, ring in the new year, celebrate independence, or mark other important events, such as the birth of a baby. Where do fireworkscome from?
The earliest known fireworks were created in China over one thousand years ago. Chemists combined certain ingredients and discovered gunpowder. They stuffed the powder into bamboo tubes, which made a loud cracking noise when tossed into a fire - the first firecracker.
Such early fireworks were used in religious ceremonies designed to scare off evil spirits, especially at times of birth, marriage, and funerals. Later, fireworks were adapted to be used as bombs in warfare, and eventually the rocket-style firework, the type that is launched into the sky, was invented.
By the thirteenth century, this technology reached Europe, and the earliest recorded fireworks display in England occurred in the 1400s. Kings across Europe used this bright new toy to entertain guests and mark special events. John Smith, famous for his interactions with Pocahontas, is said to have set off the first fireworks in North America in 1608.
During the 1800s, inventors discovered that they could change the color of the fireworks by adding metals or salts to the gunpowder mixture. This has allowed fireworks to further grip the imagination. In addition to yearly fireworks displays, fireworks motifs are often used on clothing, accessories, and in decorations and art.
Would you like to draw a vibrant fireworks display? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step fireworks drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper. You might also use crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished artwork.
The human skull has long served as a symbol of death and mortality in art. This is no more plainly seen than in the danse macabre or dance of death, an allegorical concept that arose in Europe during the Middle Ages.
The danse macabre presents death as the great equalizer - no matter one's station in life, death awaits them. Danse macabre artwork often features skulls and dancing skeletons. This artistic style arose during the late 1300s and early 1400s, when the bubonic plague had killed nearly half of Europe's population.
Macabre themes still exist in art today. One example is the tattoo artist Ed Hardy's design featuring images similar to our illustration, along with phrases like "Love kills." It can be found on clothing, car accessories, and other products. The Ed Hardy brand even sells a cologne called Skulls and Roses - the perfume bottle is shaped like a skull holding a rose stem between its teeth.
Would you like to draw a cartoon of a skull with roses? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
"Darkness...no parents...really, really rich...kinda makes it better..."
- Lego Batman, The Lego Movie
The Lego Batman Minifigure debuted in 2006. He has appeared with a number of cosmetic variations, including the "classic comic suit" in grey and dark blue, the 2008 Dark Knight film suit, the white "Arctic Batman," and many others.
Even as a Lego figure, Batman remains a crime-fighting icon. Along with Superman, Robin, and others, he takes on villains such as the Joker.
Lego Batman has appeared in a number of films, including The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, and Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite. He has also be featured in numerous Lego playsets and video games including Lego Dimensions and The Lego Batman Movie Game.
Would you like to draw Lego Batman? This easy, step-by-step superhero drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
Ballet, or danse d'cole is a type of theatrical dance. Ballet was developed as entertainment for the royal courts of Italy during the Italian Renaissance, during the 1500s. France soon became the center of this artistic movement.
Ballerinas or ballet dancers practice for years in order to master this art. In fact, most professional dancers begin training when they are 6 to 8 years old.
Along with the tutu, ballet shoes are part of the traditional ballet costume. A ballerina begins with soft, flat shoes made of leather or satin. Later, they graduate to pointe shoes, as pictured in this drawing guide. These shoes have a hard toe, called the toe box, that allows the dancer to dance en pointe, or on the tips of the toes. Pointe work was first developed in 1795.
Would you like to draw a pair of ballet slippers? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.
"Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!"
- "Jingle Bells," 1857
A sled or sleigh is one of the oldest vehicles known to man. Traditionally used in snowy conditions, sleighs were often pulled by dogs or horses.
Sleighs may be flat-bottomed or run on two sliders called runners, as in this drawing guide.
However, it was not until the 1800s that the sleigh became connected with Christmas festivities.
From where did the idea come that Santa Claus rides on a flying sleigh, pulled by tiny reindeer? The idea was first recorded in 1821 in a poem called "Old Santeclaus with Much Delight."
The reindeer and sleigh were popularized two years later in the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," also called, "Twas the the Night Before Christmas:" "What to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer."
However, the idea of a flying benefactor visiting homes to leave gifts is much older.
In ancient Europe, the god Odin was said to visit homes in early December, flying above the housetops on his loyal grey horse.
Later, Saint Nicholas was said to take a similar gift-giving horseback ride on Saint Nicholas Day.
This tradition crossed the Atlantic along with Dutch settlers and was eventually assimilated into American Christmas customs.
Today, the sleigh and reindeer are common sights among Christmas decorations and memorabilia. A number of children's films have been produced detailing the lives of Santa's reindeer, especially of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
Would you like to draw Santa's sleigh? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help.
All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
Basketball is an iconic American sport. Its legendary players, such as Michael Jordan and LeBron James, are considered heroes. It is the only sport to date whose origins lie solely in America.
How did basketball begin? It was a rainy day in 1891. James Naismith was teaching a P.E. class at a YMCA school in Massachusetts. Stuck inside, what was his class to do? With a soccer ball and two half-bushel peach baskets, Naismith invented the game we now call basketball.
School football teams helped popularize the sport; when the weather was too cold to practice outside, they would go inside and play basketball.
Did you know? Early basketball baskets had bottoms, so each time points were scored, the ball had to be retrieved from the basket. Later, the bottom of the basket was removed, but the balls were too large to fall through. Instead, a long pole was used to propel the ball out the top of the basket.
Actual baskets were used until 1906, when the metal rim and backboard was introduced. The backboard also prevented fans with balcony seats from interfering with the shots, and allowed for rebounds.
From its humble roots, basketball has now spread across the world. Not only do professional teams exist in many countries, but public parks often sport outdoor basketball courts.
Recreational basketball goals can be seen outside homes and on neighborhood streets. This half-court version of the game is often called "streetball." Other spin-offs of the game, including a beach version that allows carrying of the ball, have been invented.
Would you like to draw a basketball goal? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
"And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."
-"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Rockets have long been staples of both science fiction and real science. Types of rockets include fireworks, missiles, and vehicles used in spaceflight.
The first rockets were invented in China by at least the 1200s. They were fueled by gunpowder and were used by the military. Within a hundred years, they were also used in the Middle East and Europe. Francis Scott Key famously referred to rockets used in war in the song "The Star-Spangled Banner," the national anthem of the United States.
Modern rockets were first invented in 1926. Techniques were improved during World War II, and by the 1960s, rockets were used to carry people outside the Earth's atmosphere.
Since that time, rockets have ignited the imagination and played a major role in literature and film. Television series such as Star Trek, movies like Star Wars, and the writing of authors such as Anne McCaffrey have entertained with starship voyages beyond the stars.
Did you know? The word rocket comes from the Italian word rochetto, meaning "bobbin." A bobbin is a cylinder or spool around which sewing threat is wound.
Would you like to draw a rocket ship? This easy, step-by-step, out-of-this-world drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
The basketball is the only piece of mobile equipment needed to play the game of the same name. Basketball has become an American icon; in fact, it is the only major sport that originated entirely in America.
Basketball is a relatively young sport. In 1891, the physical education teacher at a college in Massachusetts was instructed to design a new game "to entertain the school's athletes in the winter season." The teacher organized the eighteen young men into two teams, and designated team captains for each.
The first ever basketball game was played using a soccer ball; the goals consisted of half-bushel sized peach baskets hung on each end of the gym. The boys only scored one point during the course of the game.
The first basketball baskets had bottoms; referees had to retrieve the balls when a basket was made. By the early 1900s, the first string nets were used. Early basketballs were made of leather, which did well on indoor courts but were damaged by the asphalt surface of outdoor courts. By the 1990s, most consumer basketballs were made from rubber or other sturdy materials to alleviate this problem.
Did you know? Warm basketballs bounce better than cold ones, because the materials are more flexible when warm. A professional basketball must be able to bounce about four feet when dropped from a height of six feet. Today, basketballs are a symbol both of the sport and of athletics in general.
Get your head in the game and shape up your skills with the help of this simple, step-by-step basketball drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use markers, crayons, colored pencils, or something else to shade your completed basketball!.
Monster trucks are specially fitted pickup trucks and SUVs used in competitions. Most monster trucks are twelve feet wide, twelve feet tall, and have sixty-six inch tires. Monster truck competitions usually feature a race and a freestyle event, in which the trucks jump over obstacles, do wheelies and flips, and crush other vehicles.
The appeal of monster trucks is not lost on the animation industry. Numerous children's movies and series have featured monster truck characters, such as the 2006 Discovery Kids series Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks. In 2016, Paramount and Nickelodeon's animated film Monster Trucks was released, featuring a truck inhabited by an actual monster.
Would you like to draw your very own monster truck? Now you can, using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to have an eraser handy and something with which to color your finished drawing, such as crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints. In each step, new lines are shown in blue.
Lamborghinis are among "the fastest, most expensive, and sought-after sports cars in the world." Originally a tractor manufacturer, Ferruccio Lamborghini opened a car factory in order to "challenge the top-ranked Ferrari high-performance cars."
The first Lamborghini, the 350GT, hit the roads in 1963. One of the company's most famous cars is the 1966 Miura sports coupe, which could reach speeds of 185 miles per hour. The company would later expand to embrace sport utility vehicles, powerboat engines, formula one race cars, and motorcycles.
Today, Lamborghini is owned by Audi, a subsidiary of Volkswagen. Interestingly, the original Lamborghini Trattori tractor and farm implement producer is also still in operation.
Cartoons about cars have been popular throughout the history of film, as have live-action videos. Lamborghinis have featured in films such as Cannonball Run, Speed Zone, The Dark Knight, and The Italian Job. They are also popular in video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Need for Speed.
Would you like to draw a sleek Lamborghini? This easy, step-by-step cartoon sports car drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
The football helmet is one of a football player's most important pieces of equipment. It protects his skull and brain from serious injuries, such as concussions.
Football helmets have four main parts - a hard outer shell, thick interior padding, a metal facemask, and a chinstrap to keep it in place.
Some football helmets also have visors to protect the eyes, radio transmitters for communication, or sensors which record information when impact occurs.
While different forms of football have been around for hundreds of years, the football helmet did not come into use until the 1890s.
Early football helmets were made of leather. Plastic helmets were invented in the 1930s, and became the rule in professional football by the early 1950s.
Around the same time, teams began to display their logos on their helmets. The first team to do so was the Los Angels Rams. Their logo was a ram's horn. As of 2018, only one NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, abstains from using a helmet logo.
The helmet itself is also a logo, representing professional, college, and high school football.
Fall leaves and football helmets are often pictured together. It is especially prominent on clothing and party supplies during the Super Bowl season in February of each year.
Would you like to draw a football helmet and color it to match your favorite team? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. Don't forget your colored pencils, markers, or crayons as well.