The leg is an important part of the bodies of mammals, birds, and most reptiles. The four bones and numerous muscles of the human leg afford a wide range of motion. The knee, hip, and ankle joints are not just hinges, swinging back and forth. They allow for twisting, circular, and side to side motions that give us the ability to run, swim, ride a bicycle, and perform other complicated tasks.
In many cultures throughout history, the leg has been used to describe a person's strength, health, or youthfulness. Today, most western cultures consider the tan legs of women to be a symbol of youthful beauty.
Legs also feature prominently in art when people are the subject matter. For example, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics feature people in a variety of occupations, with their legs positioned so as to be sitting, standing, running, or working. The Creation of Adam (1511), one of Michelangelo's frescoes within the Sistine Chapel, is a more modern example. Today, female characters in Japanese anime and manga art are often depicted with long, seductive legs.
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All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. In each step, you will be guided by an illustration as well as explanatory text. When finished, color your drawing using crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints. Now, as they say in theater, "Break a leg!"
Witches are usually described as women who practice magic, cast spells, and influence events using supernatural powers. Other witches worship nature or various gods and goddesses. Did you know? Male witches are often called warlocks.
Individuals fitting this description have occupied various cultures throughout history. Ancient "mystery religions" of Greece and Rome involved spells, omens, and magical concoctions. From the middle ages until the end of the 1700s, "witch hunts" took place in Europe and North America.
Supposed witches were often weighed or thrown into bodies of water, as they were thought to have no weight. If the courts decided a person was a witch, they were killed. Today, many tribal cultures employ "witch doctors" as physicians, and certain religions still practice witchcraft.
The image of a witch wearing a pointed hat is a relatively modern invention, appearing perhaps during the Victorian period. Pointed hats were regarded as evil symbols, resembling the horns of the devil. The idea of a witch flying on a broomstick may have originated with with early use of hallucinogenic plants by budding pharmacologists.
If you would like to draw a cartoon witch for Halloween, this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. In each step, you will be provided with explanatory text as well as a detailed illustration.
Dreadlocks, also called "locks" or "dreads," are rope-like strands or mats of hair that are formed by braiding, matting, combing, crocheting, or rolling the hair. Contrary to popular belief, dreadlocks are not the result of neglect of the hair. While simply not brushing the hair will result in matting, even ringlets of dreadlocks require planning and regular maintenance. "Mature," or fully formed, dreadlocks may take years to achieve, and many products are used in caring for this hairstyle..
Dreadlocks are actually a very ancient hairstyle. The earliest known depiction of dreadlocks is over 3,600 years old, from the Minoan civilization of Europe. In ancient Egypt, some people wore dreadlocks or dreadlocked wigs; these are seen in ancient Egyptian art, and some intact wigs have even been recovered from Egyptian tombs.
Over half of the ancient Greek sculptures dating from 615 to 485 B.C. are seen to be sporting dreadlocks, including athletes in scenes of competition. Historical use of dreadlocks is widespread, occurring in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and among the Aztec of South and Central America.
Today, dreadlocks are worn by some as a sign of religious conviction, for example, in some forms of Buddhism, shamanism, and Rastafarianism. For others, dreadlocks are a fashion statement, a traditional method of securing and styling the hair, or a means of self expression or defying local cultural norms.
Would you like to add a dreadlocks hairstyle to the characters you draw? Learning how is easy when you use this simple, step-by-step dreadlocks drawing tutorial.
All you will need to complete your drawing is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. Each step will guide you through the drawing process using illustrations and explanatory text. When you are finished, you may wish to color your drawing using paints, crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
"Can you hear me now? Good!" During the early decades of the cellular telephone, that was the motto of the Verizon phone company's spokesperson. We are reminded of the simple yet extremely important role of the ear.
We use our ears to hear, allowing us to learn about our environment, be alert to dangers, and form meaningful relationships with others. For mammals, the ear also contains an organ essential to keeping our balance when we walk, run, or perform any other physical task.
For millennia, humans have adorned their ears with items such as precious stones as a ritual of beautification. The lobe of the ear, and sometimes the cartilage of the upper ear, is often pierced with a needle to allow the insertion of an earring, typically an adorning object attached to a blunt metal rod. In both modern and ancient cultures, this piercing is sometimes extended by the placement of larger and larger ornaments, gradually stretching and extending the the flesh of the earlobe. These large ornaments are known as plugs or gauges.
The shape of the ear, as outlined in this tutorial, is important to the ear's function. The folds of cartilage of the outer ear help funnel sound vibrations to the ear drum. They also help us in determining where a specific sound is coming from.
In popular culture, pointed ears often differentiate such creatures as vampires, elves, orcs, fairies, or aliens from their human counterparts. This feature can be seen in fairy tales and fantasies dating back centuries, appearing in art from ancient Greece and medieval Europe.
If you would like to draw a portrait of yourself, a friend, or anyone else, learning to draw a realistic ear is a good place to start. Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you will need to complete your drawing of a ear is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. In each step of this drawing guide, illustrations and accompanying text will aid you in adding and removing lines from your drawing. Then, you can color your finished picture.
Since the first drawing was made in the dust or the first painting adorned a cave wall, people have been a major subject matter in art. As such, the human hand has likewise appeared in many, many works of art.
One of the most famous paintings of a hand or hands appears in The Creation of Adam, a sixteenth century fresco by the famous Michelangelo. The painting depicts the biblical figure of Adam extending his hand to touch the finger of God. It is located in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican in Italy.
The hand, despite its prominence, is often considered one of the most difficult parts of the human anatomy to draw, second only to the face. Hands are highly mobile body parts, and in life they take on many forms, ranging from various gestures, to grasping objects of different sizes, to manipulating objects and using tools. The hand is made up of 19 different bones, aiding in this mobility.
Did you know? Few animals - only the primates - have opposable thumbs as humans do. Humans are also the only creatures able to stretch the thumb all the way across the hand to touch the tip of the ring and pinkie fingers. This feature allows us to use hand tools and have a strong grip. The palm of the hand and the palm side of the fingers is one of the few areas of the body that does not have any hair.
Would you like to improve your skills in drawing the human hand? Doing so is now easier than ever with the aid of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. As you follow each step, note the illustrations as well as the explanatory notes. New lines added are highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black. In some steps, lines are erased. When you are finished, color your drawing using your choice of crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints.
Give yourself a hand and get started on this easy drawing guide. Is your hand waving, raised to answer a question, or giving someone a high five? The choice is yours.
It is known as a braid, a plait, and a pigtail. This popular hairstyle is achieved by overlapping three or more strands of hair in a deliberate pattern.
Hair braiding has been practiced for millennia in cultures throughout the world. For example, two ancient figurines discovered by archaeologists, dated as thousands of years old, depict women with braided hair.
Braids are not just for girls, either. In ancient Egypt, boys and young men wore their hair in a braided style called the "lock of youth." A single braid was once the acceptable hairstyle for men in the British army. In certain cultures, the manes and tails of horses are braided to prepare them for battle or competition.
In some places, hair braiding was even used as a means of communication. By looking at the hairstyle of another, you could determine their relative age and whether or not they were married. In some parts of Africa, distinctive braids still identify one's tribe of origin. Braiding was and remains a social activity, passed from one generation to the next.
Would you like to learn how to draw a person wearing a braid? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser.
Running has been a popular athletic event around the world throughout history. Different types of runs may be called footraces, marathons, sprints, dashes, relay, cross-country, or endurance races.
Different types of running competitions are held during the Summer Olympics. The first Olympic Games were held around 776 B.C., almost 3,000 years ago.
Did you know? In ancient times, the Olympic Games were part of religious festivals, as the ancient Greeks believed that athletic competitions were pleasing to the gods. Only men were permitted to compete and were often required to do so in the nude, as evidenced by much ancient artwork.
The figure of a person running is still a part of popular culture. Images such as the one in this drawing guide often represent marathons, high school athletics, and good health. They can also be used to signify endurance in any setting, comparing performance at work, etc., to winning a race. The animated Glico Running Man sign in Osaka, Japan, has been a landmark there for over 80 years.
Would you like to draw a cartoon running man? This easy, step-by-step cartoon runner drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
Santa Claus is a common sight in December throughout much of the world, adorning Coca Cola products, children's books, front yards, and more.
While Christmas or variations of it have been celebrated for centuries, Santa as we know him today is a relatively recent invention.
Santa Claus's roots are generally traced to the fourth century bishop Saint Nicholas, as well as to the European deity, Wodan, also called Odin.
Nicholas had been known for generosity and was remembered in early December; Yule celebrations to Odin and other spirits also took place in that month. Eventually, these were assimilated into Christmas celebrations held on December 25.
The modern appearance of Santa Claus was described in the poem "The Night Before Christmas" in 1823, and popularized in political cartoons. During the twentieth century, marketers capitalized on this image, using it to sell products ranging from foods and beverages to decorations, toys, and clothing.
Would you like to draw Santa Claus? All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You may also want to use an eraser and markers, colored pencils, crayons, or paints.
"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."
- Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Jessica Rabbit may not be what you'd expect. This cartoon diva is not a rabbit at all. Rather, she is an animated woman, the wife of furry and long-eared comic strip character Roger Rabbit.
Though cast as a femme fatale - a mysterious and seductive woman - Jessica is devoted to Roger. She is willing to do anything to save him - first his career, and later he himself when he is framed for murder.
As a part of popular culture, Jessica Rabbit is a modern rendition of classic pin-up girls and detective movie dames. She is said to have been inspired by real-life actresses like Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall. Author Gary K. Wolf claims to have based Jessica on Tinker Bell, Marilyn Monroe, and the cartoon girlfriend of Droopy variously called Red Hot Riding Hood and Miss Vavoom.
She appeared in a number of Roger Rabbit short films and made a cameo appearance in the Disney film Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Would you like to draw Jessica Rabbit? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.
Experts report that much of human communication in nonverbal. This means that in addition to words, we frequently "talk" with our hands and our faces, in the form of gestures and facial expressions. Some such communication is almost universal across cultures; others have different meanings in different places. What might be a friendly greeting in one culture could be an insult in another. Consider one example.
Have you ever stuck out your tongue at someone? Most children have. In many cultures, this is considered a childish gesture or a mild insult - rudeness, sass, or disrespect. In some places, however, sticking out the tongue conveys a very demeaning message. In fact, in Italy in 2009, an individual was tried and fined for sticking his tongue out at a neighbor during an argument. Interestingly though, in the region of Tibet, this facial expression is used as a greeting.
In 1970, the famous rock and roll band known as the Rolling Stones adopted the "tongue and lip design" as their logo. The mouth was used to represent the large, "intense" mouth of the band's lead singer, Mick Jagger.
The extended tongue is said to represent the Hindu goddess Kali, who is sometimes regarded as one of the seven tongues of the fire god Agni. Why this representation? This "goddess of everlasting energy" is though to "[signify] the use of free expression in their music."
As you can see, this bodily symbol has a multitude of forms and meanings. Would you like to draw a mouth with its tongue sticking out? Doing so is simple and easy with the help of this step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a good eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to shade your finished drawing.
The human form is an early assignment in most drawing classes. According to BBC, "the human figure offers all the complexities an artist needs to learn in order to be able to conquer any drawing subject."
Reporter Will Gompertz continues, "Every time a model makes a move, there's something to learn and work on. Shadows and skin texture, the way the limbs move, extend. Every pose or position, reveals a whole new composition, and another focus for a drawing. A great range of movement is possible, right in front of you, which combined with the anatomical and structural complexity of the body, make particular demands on us when we draw."
The above refers to sketching from a live model. But you, too, can begin your drawing journey with a sketch of the human form, even if a model is not available. This body outline drawing guide is designed to help you do just that. It will help you learn about human proportions of the head, torso, and limbs. Later, you can fill in additional details and bring your drawing to life.
Would you like to draw an outline of the human body? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
"This princess does not back down."
Once known by the name Koriand'r or Kori for short, Starfire was heir to the throne of the planet Tamaran. Ousted during a coup, Starfire then became a slave to alien scientists.
On Earth, Starfire became a member of the Teen Titans. She is known for a gentle, compassionate, and curious personality. She is often confused by the "strange" customs of Earth.
Starfire's superpowers include the ability to fly and to harness the energy of the sun for super strength and rapid healing. She can also shoot "starbolts" from her hands and eyes and produce a shield of ultraviolet energy that can protect her from virtually any weapon or attack.
Would you like to draw Starfire from Teen Titans? This easy, step-by-step superhero drawing guide is designed to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker, and a sheet of paper.