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How to Draw a Dog Bone

The type of bone typically rendered in cartoons - and in this drawing guide - is known as a long bone. Long bones are hard and dense. They give the body strength and structure and are used to help you move around. Long bones can be found in the arms, legs, wrist, ankle, and fingers. The thigh bone, or femur, is a long bone.

Long bones and filled with both yellow and red bone marrow. Red marrow produces blood cells and yellow marrow is used to store fats.

Why do we feed bones to dogs? Bones contain minerals and nutrients. They also satisfy a dog's desire to chew, which in turn helps clean their teeth. Additionally, the dog food that we feed our pets today was not invented until 1860. For thousands of years, family dogs were simply fed table scraps. This often included bones and undesirable portions of meat.

Would you like to give a dog a bone? This easy, step-by-step dog bone drawing guide is here to help you draw one. All you will need is a sheet of paper and a pen, pencil, or marker. You can use this same bone drawing guide to depict a skeleton, a dinosaur dig, or the flag on a pirate ship.

How to Draw a Sunset – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” ― John SteinbeckThe Grapes of Wrath

Scientifically, sunset describes “the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon as a result of Earth's rotation.” Culturally, however, this frequent phenomena holds much deeper meaning

Various ancient religions held that the sun was a god, pulled across the sky each day in a great celestial chariot. The setting of the sun indicated the god’s passage through the underworld.

Some religions, such as the worship of Amun-Ra in ancient Egypt, included rituals meant to awaken or revive the sun from its daily death. This idea still resonates in the metaphorical application of “sunset” to the later years of one’s life.

Today, sunsets are often featured in works of art. They are also a favorite subject of photography.

Beach sunsets, such as the one featured in this drawing tutorial, are used to represent vacations, relaxation, the tropics, and ample monetary funds.

Would you like to draw your very own sunset? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to employ crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to vividly shade your finished sunset.

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How to Draw a Cartoon Sun

In this guide, we will draw a sun in a cartoon style in thirteen simple steps.

Follow step-by-step guide, and you'll be surprised how little time drawing a cartoon sun will take. I’ve highlighted each new step with blue lines to make the tutorial easier to follow.

Draw soft lines with your pencil. Many of the lines are there to help you with proportions and dimensions, and will be erased before the end.

At the end you can add a thicker line in black if you want, and color your sun. I’m sure you will be really happy with the final result.

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 Cartoon Monster

The word "monster" is derived from a Latin word roughly translated "something wrong within nature." Monsters are typically hideous, scary creatures that can cause harm to people.

Ancient mythologies hold tales of many and varied monsters. In Greek mythology, for example, the Gorgons and Medusa were women with snakes for hair, who could turn men into stone. A giant dog with multiple heads guarded the gates to the underworld. Mermaid-like Sirens lured sailors to their deaths, while the hideous cyclops had only one eye. It is speculated that the ideas for these monsters may have arisen from observing birth defects in humans and in animals.

In modern popular culture, monsters are at times depicted as frightful, at times as kind and helpful. This variable view of monsters is evident in such animated films and series as Aaahh!! Real Monsters (1994-1997), Monsters, Inc. (2001), and Monsters University (2013).

Would you like to draw your very own monster? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines, and colored pencils, markers, paints, or crayons to color your finished drawing.

In each step of this drawing guide, new lines drawn are highlighted in blue while previous lines fade to black. Will your monster be friendly or frightful? That is entirely up to you.

How to Draw Flames and Smoke – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

"I have created fire!" - Actor Tom Hanks, Cast Away (2000).

Fire and smoke have been employed by humans for millennia. The ability to start fires and control them allowed people to cook their food, flavoring it and reducing disease from microscopic organisms; to stay warm in cold climates; and to keep dangerous wild animals at bay. Eventually, people discovered other uses for fire, such as in the manufacture of metal and glass products, or in clearing land for agriculture.

Smoke has also been put to use by humans. For centuries, smoke signals have been used as a means of long distance communication. For example, along China's Great Wall, soldiers used smoke to warn of impending dangers. In just a few hours, fires could be lit along the wall, carrying the message as much as 470 miles (750 kilometers). Native Americans and the ancient Greeks also used smoke signals to convey messages. Even today, special smoke is used in the Vatican in Rome, Italy to indicate whether a new pope has been elected.

Both flames and smoke are the result of a chemical reaction called rapid oxidation. In this reaction, molecules of oxygen are broken apart, producing heat. The contents of the material being burned play a role in determining how hot the fire is and the color of the flames and smoke. If the material has water in it, it will produce white smoke, while fuel, paint and other chemicals produce dark smoke.

Would you like to draw this natural phenomenon? Flames and smoke can be useful in drawing volcanoes, campfires, religious ideas, and natural or man-made disasters. All you will need to draw flames and smoke is a pencil, a sheet of paper, a good eraser, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

In each step, you will be given a detailed illustration as well as explanatory text. Pay special attention to the light blue lines, as these indicate new lines to be added to your 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!

How to Draw a Rainbow – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Rainbows are a meteorological, or weather, phenomenon. When white light from the sun is bent, or refracted, by droplets of water, a rainbow appears. Rainbows always appear on the opposite side of the sky from the sun.

Did you know? The color bands of the rainbow always appear in a specific order. An easy way to remember the order is the acronym ROY G. BIV. Each letter in this fictional “name” stands for the first letter of a color: Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Indigo (a very dark shade of blue), and violet (a dark purple). In nature, the red is always on the top and the purple is on the bottom in a primary rainbow. This is due to the fact that blue and purple light bend more than red light when filtered through the raindrops. In the case of a double rainbow, the colors in the secondary arch are reversed.

Rainbows have featured in art and culture for millennia. One of the earliest recorded mentions of a rainbow is found in the Bible book of Genesis. In this account, the rainbow symbolized God’s promise to never again bring a global flood to the earth. The Greek scholar Aristotle and other ancient philosophers theorized possible causes for rainbows. In Ireland, leprechauns were said to hide their pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. Since rainbows appear to “move” when approached, the gold could never be discovered by people.

Rainbows feature prominently in religious art, and artists interested in painting the effects of light often include rainbows in their work. Certain family crests in Europe contained rainbows, and in Italy a rainbow flag was once used as a symbol of peace. Rainbows have featured in songs and poetry as well, such as in the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the film The Wizard of Oz (1933).

Would you like to draw your very own rainbow? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. Since rainbows are very colorful, you will also likely wish to use crayons, colored pencils, paints, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

In each step, notice the highlighted blue lines in the illustration. These represent new lines to be added to your drawing. Explanatory text accompanies each illustration.

How to Draw a Waterfall – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Waterfalls - rivers that descend steeply, often from mountains - are among the most breathtaking landmarks on the planet. Some are small, while others are massive. Consider a few of the world's most interesting waterfalls.

Niagara Falls in Canada is perhaps the most famous waterfall in the world. The three distinct waterfalls that comprise Niagara Falls straddle the border between the United States and Canada. Horseshoe Falls, with its Maid of the Mist boat ride, lies on the Canadian side while the American and Bridal Veil Falls are located in the state of New York. This waterfall is 188 feet high and nearly 3,500 feet wide.

Angel Falls in Venezuela is the tallest waterfall in the world, cascading an amazing 3,200 feet. Angel Falls descends from a table-top mountain, a mountain with a flat top.

The Damajagua Cascades, also called 27 Charcos or 27 Waterfalls, is located in the Dominican Republic. This series of 27 small waterfalls provides tourists with a natural water park. Equipped with helmets, life jackets, and local guides, visitors climb, slip, slide and jump down the falls, some of which are 40 feet in height.

Would you like to draw your own waterfall landscape? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step waterfall drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints on hand, you can use these to shade your finished drawing.

In each step, you will either add or remove lines from your drawing. You will be shown a detailed illustration along with explanatory text. An instructional video is also available.

How to Draw a Brain – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

The brain is like the body's computer. It has hardware and software, and it stores memories. The brain is much more powerful than any computer, however - computers run out of memory eventually, but so far, no one's brain ever has. Did you know? The brain weighs about three pounds, and it generally uses more of the body's energy than any muscle.

Today, cartoon images of brains are often used to symbolize intelligence or learning. A smiling brain wearing a graduation hat has been used to encourage students to work hard and graduate high school.

At other times, the realm of science fiction has used disembodied brains to craft stories of mad scientists, or at least those who are so dedicated to their respective work that they choose to leave the constraints of their bodies behind. One example of this is the Star Trek episode entitled "The Gamesters of Triskelion," in which gamblers have preserved only their brains, which are linked to computers. Similarly, the Star Wars franchise has the B'omarr monks, whose living brains are kept in jars, transported when necessary by spider droids. One such character can be glimpsed in the film Return of the Jedi, when droids R2-D2 and C-3P0 enter Jabba the Hutt's palace.

Would you like to draw your very own brain? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to have colored pencils, markers, crayons, or paints handy to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw Grass – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

"Though nothing can bring back the hour.
Of splendour in the grass,
Of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find.
Strength in what remains behind."
-"Splendour in the Grass" by William Wordsworth

Grass is ubiquitous - in most parts of the world, grass is everywhere. This plant covers the ground we walk on, feeds us, feeds the animals we eat, and manages to survive in the most hostile of environments - such as a crack in the hot city sidewalk.

Perhaps you've never thought about it before, but life as we know it would not be possible without this humble plant. Grasses contribute to the oxygen we breath, with grasslands covering nearly half of the earth's non-icy land area. Grasses have provided staple crops throughout human history, including corn, wheat, rice, and other grains. Have you eaten a grass product today? If you've had cereal, bread, pasta, rice, or tortillas, you certainly have. Beer, which has been produced for over 4,000 years, would not exist without this plant.

In popular culture, grass continues to play a role. A green cultivated lawn has come to be regarded as a symbol of affluence. Grasses are also the topic of many maxims, including, "the grass is always greener on the other side" and "a snake in the grass." In art, grasses typically assume a supporting role as the greenery beneath the subject's feet.

Would you like to add such greenery to your own drawings? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper.

Is the grass always greener on the other side? It can be, if you choose to draw it so.

How to Draw Lightning – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Lightning is essentially a really powerful burst of static electricity. Lightning can discharge within a single cloud, between two clouds, or between a cloud and the ground. Did you know? Lightning is called a strike if it hits something on the ground, and a flash if it stays in the clouds. Lightning that happens in winter is called thundersnow.

Scientists still don't fully understand the mechanics of how lightning works. It is thought that sub-freezing air in the middle of a storm cloud creates large and small ice crystals. The lighter crystals move upwards on the wind while the larger fall downwards. When these bump into one another, it creates an electrical charge.

It is estimated that around 1.4 billion lightning flashes occur on earth each year - that's 40 to 50 lightning bolts per second! A small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo receives more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the world. Other "hot spots" include areas in Venezuela, Singapore, and Florida, U.S.A.

The natural result of lightning is thunder. A lightning bolt super-heats the air it passes through, causing the gasses in the air to expand rapidly. This creates a shock wave which we hear as thunder. Because sound moves through the air at a constant rate, you can count to estimate how far away the lightning is. Each second from the time you see lightning to the moment you hear thunder represents about two tenths of a mile, or one third of a kilometer. Therefore, three seconds approximates one kilometer, and five seconds a mile.

Culturally speaking, lightning has blazed into the human psyche. Certain ancient gods were thought to use lightning bolts as weapons. Today, the lightning bolt is used to represent speed - for example, on the costume of the fictional superhero, the Flash.

Would you like to draw lightning? To do so, follow this easy, step-by-step lightning drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, paints, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Volcano – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

What is a volcano? Volcanoes form where cracks or ruptures are present in the earth's surface, or crust. Magma - molten, liquid rock beneath the surface - rises through these cracks. Once it reaches the surface, it is called lava. High pressure due to heat may even cause it to explode.

Ancient peoples attributed volcanic eruptions to acts of the gods. This is evident from Greek myth, and possibly from a man-made, volcano shaped pyramid discovered in Peru. In modern and popular art, volcanoes are often drawn alongside dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, hearkening to early times in the earth's history when the planet may have been less geographically stable.

Are volcanoes only a feature of the past? No, there are many active volcanoes on earth today. Some of the most active include Kilauea, on the island of Hawaii; Mount Etna and Mount Stomboli, in the Medditerranean region, near Italy; and Mount Yasur of the island of Vanuatu, that has been erupting for more than 800 years.

The geysers and other water features of Yellowstone National Park in the northwest United States are also fueled by volcanic activity. Astronomers have observed volcanoes on the surface of other planets in our solar system.

The most common volcanic figure in art is that of a mountain - called a cone - with a broken top, from which lava, smoke, and ash erupt. This is the type of volcano depicted in our easy, step-by-step drawing guide. Would you like to add a fiery volcano to your artwork? With the help of this simple drawing tutorial, all you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to enhance your finished drawing. Notice that each step features an illustration, in which new lines added are highlighted in blue, as well as explanatory text.

How to Draw an Umbrella – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

A humble tool though it may be, the umbrella has become an indelible part of modern culture. This item is celebrated in such song lyrics as "You can stand under my umbrella," ("Umbrella" by Rihanna) or "Bus stops, bus goes, she stays, love grows under my umbrella. All that summer we enjoyed, wind and rain and shine. That umbrella we employed it, by August she was mine," ("Bus Stop" by the Hollies).

The collapsible umbrella, also known as a parasol, was invented in ancient China. The earliest mention of such a device dates to the year 21 A.D., when a Chinese ruler had an umbrella designed to shade his carriage. An umbrella from the first century A.D. was discovered in a tomb on the Korean Peninsula.

Sculptures of umbrellas have also been identified in Egyptian hieroglyphics and the ruins of ancient Nineveh, a city in the Middle East. The art of Medieval Europe often shows royal personages being shaded by an umbrella.

Today, umbrellas are employed in art and film to express various emotions. Funeral scenes often depict numerous black umbrellas. Romance is embodied by a red umbrella in photography and painting; the couple often shares the umbrella, hiding their faces.

At times, especially in photographs, the umbrella may be the only true color object, the rest of the picture being in sepia or black and white. The umbrella also continues to be used as a religious icon. It is one of the "Eight Auspicious Symbols" of Tibetan Buddhism, and it is a symbol of honor during certain ceremonies of the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox churches.

At times, especially in photographs, the umbrella may be the only true color object, the rest of the picture being in sepia or black and white. The umbrella also continues to be used as a religious icon. It is one of the "Eight Auspicious Symbols" of Tibetan Buddhism, and it is a symbol of honor during certain ceremonies of the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox churches.