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How to Draw a Football

American football is one member of a family of sports that includes soccer, rugby, and Australian football. In each game, the teams try to get the ball through the opponent's goal.

Kicking games similar to football have been around for thousands of years. Organized games similar to football were played in China and Greece - and perhaps in Rome - over 2,000 years ago.

During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, a game called folk football was played in Europe during the Easter season. Villages would compete against other villages, trying to get the ball through the goal - the opposing village's church doors.

This game may have pre-Christian religious ties as a fertility ritual. Folk football was at times banned by various governments due to property damage and violence.

Football underwent a makeover in Renaissance-era Italy. The rectangular boundaries were introduced and the game was enjoyed by aristocrats.

Soccer and rugby evolved from these as a game played by school teams. Later, American football - often called "gridiron football" due to the evenly spaced white lines on the field - arose from rugby and became the largest spectator sport in the United States.

The ball itself has also changed over the years. Earlier footballs were made from leather, or from the inflated bladders of animals. This is why the American football is sometimes referred to as a "pigskin."

The oldest football still in existence dates from the 1500s, discovered on the roof of a European castle in the 1990s. Today, footballs are made of plastic, rubber, and cow leather. The less than round shape of an American or Canadian football is called a "prolate spheroid."

Would you like to draw a football? This simple, step-by-step football drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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How to Draw a Soccer Ball

Since it was first played in 1863, soccer - called football or fútbol in many lands - has become one of the world's most popular sports. It is played in over 250 million people in two hundred countries, and championship games are viewed by millions of fans.

The iconic soccer ball most often used today was invented in 1962. The black and white checkerboard pattern of thirty two pentagonal and hexagonal panels is called a truncated icosahedron pattern.

Would you like to be able to draw a perfectly formed cartoon soccer ball in celebration of your favorite team? Now you can. Simply follow this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a piece of paper and something with which to draw, such as a pen, pencil or marker. You may also want to collect a good eraser, a ruler, and some markers, colored pencils, or crayons with which to color your drawing.

Notice the illustrations that accompany each step of this drawing guide. In each step, new lines added are highlighted in blue. Lines from previous steps appear in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will draw some lines simply as guides to be erased later.

How to Draw a Dress

Dresses are articles or clothing with a long history. Also called gowns or frocks, dresses are defined by a bodice that covers the torso and a skirt that covers the legs.

In ancient times, and in some cultures today, clothing for both men and women fit this description. Garments were made from a single piece of cloth or several sewn together, tied at the waist with a belt or sash.

In the Middle Ages, young boys in Europe wore dresses until they reached the age of "breeching," or wearing pants. This age varied, with one prince famously wearing dresses until he was in his twenties! The designs or decorations on some dresses indicated a woman's social status.

Today, dresses are generally considered the attire of women and girls. These range from simple dresses that resemble a long t-shirt or sweater, to the elaborately decorated dresses worn at proms, weddings, and other special occasions.

In 2017, one such dress set the record for being the longest ever. A wedding dress in a French town famous for lace production had a train, or long skirt, nearly 5 miles in length. That's long enough to cover Mount Everest!

Would you like to draw your own fashions? This easy, step-by-step dress 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.

How to Draw a Crown

Since ancient times, crowns of various types have been worn to designate royalty by kings, queens, princes, and princesses.

The crown in this easy, step-by-step drawing guide features a design element known as the fleur de lis. In French, fleur means "flower" and lis means "lily," although the design is actually a stylized iris.

The fleur de lis has been used in art and architecture since antiquity, and is a popular political symbol in France. It can also be see on territorial flags, coats of arms, and group insignia from Spain, Italy, Bosnia, Britain, Canada, and the United States.

To use this simple drawing guide, you will need only a drawing implement and a piece of paper.

In each step, new lines added are highlighted in blue, whereas previously drawn lines are shown in black.

You may want to have an eraser handy, as you will need to erase guide lines as you go along.

You may also want to use crayons or other tools to color your finished crown.

How to Draw a Cake

Eating birthday cake, or any kind of a cake, is a pleasure. Drawing a cartoon cake isn't difficult either. In this guide we will draw a cake in thirteen simple steps.

As usual, we will sketch simple geometric shapes first. These shapes will help us to create a beautiful, symmetrical cake drawing. Sketch with a light hand. These early shapes will be erased later.

We will first draw the bottom layers of the birthday cake and, as the cake is going to be quite big, please remember to leave enough space for the whole drawing on your paper.

​In the tutorial below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, ruler, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.​

How to Draw a Snowman

It snowed here yesterday. Maybe it is a little early for the winter but it's never too early for some fun and games in the snow. Drawing a wintery snowman is easy with the step-by-step instructions below.

Again, we will be using basic shapes to draw our snowman. Draw lightly, as many of the lines will be erased later. When we're finished, you can outline your drawing with heavier lines.

​In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

How to Draw Ice Cream

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!"
- "Ice Cream," 1920s novelty song

Ice cream, a frozen confection made from sweetened milk, is popular around the world. Its origins are ancient; snow mixed with honey and fruit was sold in the marketplaces in Athens, Greece. Explorer Marco Polo first brought the idea of "fruit ices" to Europe from China during the 1200s. By the 1600s, successful ice cream shops had been established in France.

Ice cream was first contained in a cone during the 1800s, but it was popularized during the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Legend has it that the ice cream vendor ran out of bowls. He asked a nearby waffle vendor - who was selling little due to the heat - if he could fold his waffles to form a container, and the waffle cone was born.

Ice cream differs in various parts of the world. For example, in Japan, you might find unusual flavors such as sesame seed or sakura flower. In Iran, a frozen dessert is made from vermicelli noodles and rosewater - made with real rose petals - served with pistachio nuts and lime juice. Specialty shops often make ice cream right before the customer's eyes, using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ingredients quickly.

Would you like to draw an ice cream cone? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your ice cream using crayons, colored pencils, or markers.

How to Draw an Airplane

Today we're going create an airplane drawing. Real airplanes are very complex machines with countless details. But drawing a cartoon airplane is much, much easier. There are still quite a few steps in the drawing tutorial but all the lines and shapes are very simple and, as it is a cartoon plane, so they don't need to be super-precise.

Sketch lightly so that you can tweak your lines later. At the end, you can use heavier lines to trace your sketch and complete the drawing.

The airplane is quite long. Remember to leave enough space for the whole plane to fit on your paper.

​In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

How to Draw a Train

Rail lines called wagonways were invented as long ago as 1500. It was not until the 1820s, however, that mechanical trains were invented. These trains were powered by steam and were similar in design to the train featured in this drawing tutorial.

Many other types of trains have since been invented, including underground subway trains powered by electrified rails, and the futuristic Maglev train that uses magnetic repulsion to hover above its tracks.

Fictional trains are often given charming personalities. A few of the most famous cartoon trains include Thomas the Tank Engine and The Little Engine That Could.

Can you draw a cartoon train? Keep a positive attitude like that Little Engine - "I think I can, I think I can..." - and use this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. In each step of this drawing guide, new lines to be added are shown in blue. You may want to have an eraser handy to remove guide lines and correct mistakes.

You may use crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints, or any other supplies you may have to color your finished train.

How to Draw A Robot

Today we’re going to draw a robot. Robots are easy to draw because you can assemble a robot drawing from simple shapes. The following easy step-by-step robot drawing tutorial has only ten steps.

We’ll start by drawing simple shapes. The shapes will help to make the robot drawing symmetrical. Begin sketching very lightly. Don’t draw thick lines that are hard to erase during the drawing process.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

​You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

How to Draw a Hoodie

Hoodies have been a popular clothing item since the 1970s, though they were not given the name "hoodie" or "hoody" until the 1990s.

Hoodies are hooded sweatshirts or jackets; some zip up and others are pullovers.

Many hoodies feature screen printings of sports mascots, school names, tourist attractions, cartoon characters, or other themes of interest.

Did you know? Hoodies are just the most recent incarnation of a centuries-old fashion. In medieval Europe, as early as the twelfth century, hooded garments such as tunics or robes became popular.

These were worn by such varied persons as outdoor laborers, monks, students, and others. These ancient hoodies were called chaperons or capas.

The modern hoodie arose during the 1930s, marketed to outdoor workers by the sportswear brand Champion.

By the 1970s, the hip-hop, skater, and other urban cultures had embraced the hoodie.

The garment also appeared in the 1976 film Rocky.

Hoodies are now ranked with blue jeans as a high fashion item, both transcending the original utilitarian purpose of the items.

Hoodies are go-to garments for middle school through college students, musical artists, athletes, skateboarders, military personnel, soccer moms, and more.

Would you like to draw a cool hoodie? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step hoodie drawing guide.

All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Boat

Boats are among the oldest inventions of man. The most ancient boat discovered by archaeologists is called the Pesse canoe, a dugout canoe made from a single tree. This boat is thousands of years old and is now on display at a museum in the Netherlands.

While small boats such as canoes were used on protected waters, such as rivers and lakes, boats able to survive rough seas have also been in existence for thousands of years.

One such boat made from reeds was discovered in Kuwait, and seagoing vessels must have been used to colonize Australia and other islands in ancient times.

Today, there are many types of boats, ranging in size from single occupant kayaks to huge military aircraft carriers that function like floating cities.

This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial focuses on the sailboat, a medium sized boat that moves from place to place by capturing the wind in its colorful sails.

Sailboats go by many names depending on their size and structure, including cutter, catboat, dinghy, ketch, schooner, sloop, and yawl.

To draw a boat using this guide, you will need a pencil and a piece of paper. You will notice that in each step, new lines to be drawn are highlighted in blue.

You may also wish to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines, and coloring implements, such as crayons, paints, markers, or colored pencils, to shade your completed drawing.

Ahoy! It's time to draw your sailboat.