Rings are bands of metal or other decorative materials that are worn in the fingers or toes.
Throughout history, rings have indicated wealth, social status, authority, or fidelity. The oldest known rings have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs.
The kings used signet, or seal, rings that contained writing on the head or bezel. The writing could be pressed into wax or clay as a symbol of the king's approval.
Perhaps the most well-known types of rings are the engagement ring and wedding ring. Both symbolize loyalty to the fiancee or spouse.
There are a number of legends as to where this custom originated - some say that it symbolized the shackle which might hold a captive bride, others that it replaced the coins with which ancients purchased their brides, and still others that its circular shape simply represents unending love.
The ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought to be a direct connection to the heart. Whatever its origin, the diamond ring has become a well-recognized symbol of love, engagement, and marriage.
In popular culture, rings are given still other meanings. For example, rings imbue their wearers with special powers in stories such as Lord of the Rings and Green Lantern.
Would you like to draw a beautiful diamond ring? This easy, step-by-step ring 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.
Popsicles, also called ice pops, freezer pops, or ice lollies, are frozen snacks on a stick for easy handling.
Historically, the popsicle has been around since at least 1872. One story has it that the popsicle was created accidentally when a child left a glass of flavored soda water and a stirring stick outside on a cold night.
During the early twentieth century, popsicles became popular treats in California, U.S.A. The name "popsicle" - a combination of the words "pop" and "icicle" - stuck after Popsicle became the dominant brand.
In cities around the world, "paleteros" sell popsicles and other treats from chilly pushcarts.
Children often make their own popsicles at home by freezing fruit juice around a wooden or plastic handle.
In 2005, however, adults in New York City, U.S.A., sought to erect the largest popsicle the world had ever seen. The colossal ice pop stood 25 feet tall and used 17.5 tons of juice. The pop melted faster than expected and had to be washed away with fire hoses.
Foods with faces, such as the popsicle pictured in this tutorial, are a pop culture staple.
For example, Popsicle and Popsi Cool are both members of the collectible Shopkins toy line. Popsicles also feature in the plots of animated films such as Disney's Zootopia (2016).
Would you like to learn to draw a cute, smiling popsicle? This fun, step-by-step popsicle drawing guide is here to show you how. You will need only a sheet of paper and a pen, pencil, or marker.
The pencil is a simple object with a very long history. The earliest pencils were used in ancient Rome, then known as styluses. The stylus was a thin metal rod that left a dark mark behind when pulled across papyrus, a plant-based sheet similar to paper.
Did you know that you won't find any lead in your pencil today? A carbon-based material called graphite is used instead. It became popular after the discovery of a large graphite deposit in England in 1564.
Graphite is soft and needs a wooden shaft to support it; thus, the pencil as we know it today was created. Why, then, do we call it a pencil lead? Some ancient styluses were made of lead, and the name continues to be used today.
Today, the pencil is often used as a symbol for education. It may be personified by adding a face of other features. The cute face on this drawing is reminiscent of characters such as Penny Pencil from the popular Shopkins toy line.
Pencils are also valued for their use in art. Pencil drawings by famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci can be found in museums throughout the world. Just as a painter uses many sizes of brushes, artists can use pencils of various hardnesses.
The hardness of the pencil is determined by the amount of clay the graphite contains; harder pencils leave darker marks, while softer pencils leave light marks.
Would you like to ring in the new school by drawing your own school supplies? If so, this simple, step-by-step pencil drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a sheet of paper and - you guessed it - a pencil! This drawing is so easy to make you won't even need to use the eraser. After you are finished, why not color your drawing using colored pencils?
Skirts are a very common form of clothing. The term "skirt" typically describes a stand-alone garment worn with a shirt or blouse, but can also refer to the skirt portion of a dress or gown.
Some skirts are made onto other garments, such as shorts (called "skorts") or swimsuits.
Did you know? Skirts are one of mankind's oldest garments - and not just for women, but for everyone.
Statues dating to circa 3,000 B.C. show people wearing skirts. Why were skirts so popular? Likely because they were the simplest means of covering the body. Many skirts were simply a piece of cloth tied at the waist.
Today, women the world over wear skirts of various designs. In many cultures, men do, too.
For example, various sarong-like skirts are worn in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and men from Scotland and Ireland don traditional kilts.
In fact, pants did not become common in men's attire until the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. From the 1500s to the 1800s, boys were typically dressed in gowns until their "breeching" - their first time wearing pants - between the ages of two and eight.
Some boys of royal birth were not breeched until they were nearly twenty years old.
Would you like to draw a fancy, flowing skirt? This easy, step-by-step clothing 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.
A bubble is "a globule of one substance in another, usually a gas in a liquid." Bubbles are common to the human experience - we see bubbles of air in water and bubbles of carbonated gas in a glass of soda.
Children especially are fascinated by soap bubbles. These bubbles are produced by mixing soap in water, then forming a thin film of soapy water within a loop. Air is blown through the loop, and the bubble forms. Bubbles are often used in elementary science experiments.
In popular culture, bubbles are often associated with bubble baths, washing dishes, aquariums, and even disasters such as an overflowing washing machine. A joyful and excitable personality may be considered "bubbly," and as such a number of characters have been given the name "bubbles." These include a fish from Disney's Finding Nemo, one of The Powerpuff Girls, King Kai's pet monkey in Dragon Ball, and Mr. Bubbles from Lilo & Stitch.
Would you like to draw cartoon bubbles? 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.
Watering cans are portable containers used to water plants by hand. Most have a handle and a spout to direct the water. Some spouts have a perforated head so that the water falls on the plant gently, like rain. This is called the "rose."
The term "watering can" first appeared in the sixteenth century. Before that, similar tools had been called "watering pots." By the 1700s, modern style watering cans were in use.
Today, watering cans may be metal, ceramic, or plastic. The rustic design, as seen in our illustration, is still popular, both as a useful tool and as a decoration. In addition to watering plants, watering cans are used as flower pots, as home decor, and as art elements in statuary.
Metal watering cans often symbolize rural living or "the good old days." Other watering cans may feature whimsical shapes or depictions of popular characters.
Would you like to draw a rustic watering can? This easy, step-by-step 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 use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or something else to shade your finished drawing.
Drawing a teddy bear is very easy. It's made out of simple oval shapes. By following the step-by-step instructions below, you will have your teddy bear drawing done in just minutes.
Draw lightly first. The early shapes will be erased before your drawing is complete.
In the drawing tutorial 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.
Volleyball is a sport played by two teams of six players, in which a ball is batted back and forth over a net. The aim of the game is to keep the ball from touching the ground when on your side of the net.
The game has been around since 1895 when it was invented by the director of the YMCA. It was originally called "mintonette" and served as a substitute for basketball, which some gentlemen considered "too vigorous." The name volleyball was later adopted because the ball was volleyed, or propelled like a missile, over the net.
Game moves include the jump serve, pass, set, block, spike, and dig. A number of variations exist, including beach volleyball, which is played on a sand court and generally has only two players per team. Volleyball became popular around the world because it requires a minimum amount of equipment (a ball and a net), can be played indoors or outdoors, and can involve any number of players.
Would you like to draw a cartoon volleyball? This easy, step-by-step sports equipment drawing tutorial can show you how. It uses a simple circle and curved lines. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.
Paris, France - a city lauded as one of romance, wine, and food, sought out by expatriate writers and artist from America and throughout the world. Although Paris is home to a number of historic structures, none capture the mystique of the city better than le tour Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was not originally intended to be a permanent fixture. It was built for the Paris Exhibition of the 1889 World's Fair. The metal lattice structure was set to be demolished in 1909, but was instead re-purposed as a large radio antenna.
Today, its value is measured by the tourism it generates. The Eiffel Tower holds the title of being the most visited monument in the entire world. It is also the most imitated structure, with life size and smaller versions of the Eiffel Tower gracing tourist attractions throughout the world.
Bring to life the "City of Light" and the "City of Love" with your very own drawing of the Eiffel Tower. All you will need is a writing instrument - such as a pen, pencil, or marker - a piece of paper, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
Note that in each step, new lines added are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps fade to black. You may wish to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines.
Did you know that the last time the Eiffel Tower was painted, the paint alone weighed as much as ten elephants? That's a lot of paint! You won't need nearly so much as you use paints, markers, crayons, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
"Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded DEATH STAR. When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy..."
- Opening screen crawl, Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi
Star Wars fans first glimpsed the dreaded Death Star in 1977, alongside Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. "He's headed for that small moon," Luke said of a derelict TIE fighter. "That's no moon," Obi-Wan corrected. "It's a space station." Han could hardly believe that a space station could be so large.
Of course, Princess Leia Organa had already been introduced to the destructive power of the Death Star. A prisoner on the craft itself, she was forced to watch as the Death Star destroyed her home planet of Alderaan - the price she paid for keeping the stolen Death Star plans out of Darth Vader's hands.
Luke soon brought the weapon to an end, piloting his X-wing starfighter through its trenches in order to fire proton torpedoes into an exhaust port.
We've learned even more about the Death Star in the years since the original trilogy. Technically termed the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station, the Death Star was designed by the Geonosians just before the outbreak of the Clone Wars. Its superlaser is fueled by kyber crystals, the same crystals used in Jedi weapons.
How large was the Death Star? It had a diameter of 100 miles (160 kilometers) and housed 357 floors or levels. The second Death Star was even larger at 200 kilometers in diameter and 560 internal levels. This second station was destroyed near the moon of Endor.
Would you like to draw your very own Death Star? This easy, step-by-step Star Wars drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
- Lightning McQueen, Disney's Cars (2006)
When we first meet Lightning McQueen, he is a proud and self-assured race-car who believes he is destined for greatness. When he spends some time in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs, however, Lightning learns to care about others besides himself.
Lightning meets Mater, a rusty tow truck who eventually becomes his best friend. He discovers that he can learn from others, such as the older race car Doc Hudson. During the film's sequels, Lightning internalizes even more life lessons and teaches others.
This anthropomorphic race car has become one of Disney's most popular characters. He's made appearances in four films, several video games, and numerous toys and memorabilia, especially diecast model cars. He's even been immortalized in artwork, including an ice sculpture.
Would you like to draw the enigmatic Lightning McQueen? This easy, step-by-step Disney character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.
“Fifteen-hundred people went into the sea when Titanic sank from under us. There were twenty boats floating nearby, and only one came back. One. Six were saved from the water, myself included. Six out of fifteen-hundred. Afterward, the seven-hundred people in the boats had nothing to do but wait - wait to die, wait to live, wait for an absolution that would never come.”
— Rose Dawson, Titanic (1997)
The Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic was christened and launched in 1912. This so-called "unsinkable" ship famously went down during its maiden voyage from England to America after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. It was the largest luxury liner ever built at the time.
The story of the Titanic has been relived in countless books, movies, permanent and traveling museum exhibits. Perhaps the most famous of these is the 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tourists visit the wreck site each year, and a replica ship known as the Titanic II is scheduled to take its maiden voyage in 2022. Passengers will be able to relive their Titanic daydreams, as the BBC reports, "The ship, which has been designed to have the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, will follow the route of the original liner carrying passengers from Southampton to New York." Around the world cruises will follow the maiden voyage.
Would you like to draw a cartoon version of the Titanic? This easy, step-by-step cartoon ship drawing guide can show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.