Spring

How to Draw Magnolia Flowers

The magnolia is a flowering tree native to North and South America, Asia, and the Himalaya mountains. The flowers of the magnolia have a strong sweet scent, and many of the 240 species are evergreen - they don't lose their large, flat leaves even in cold weather. Some magnolia trees grow over 100 feet tall.

In ancient China, magnolia flowers were seen as a symbol of feminine beauty and gentility. In the Victorian floriography - the art of sending secret messages using flowers - the magnolia meant nobility and dignity.

Today, the magnolia blossom retains symbolism in many cultures. In the American south, white magnolia blossoms are used in bridal bouquets to indicate purity. The fragrant magnolia is the national flower of North Korea, and the flower is used in Chinese medicine.

Modern practitioners of magic use magnolia blossoms in casting spells. In popular culture, it is used to represent a juncture of strength and delicacy, such as in the film Steel Magnolias.

 Would you like to draw a spray of magnolia blossoms? This simple, step-by-step drawing guide is here to make doing so easy and fun. You'll need only a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper. You may wish to use colored pencils or something similar to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Flower Bouquet

bouquet is a decoration made by tying together cut flowers or by arranging them in a vase.

The practice of making bouquets is very old. The earliest records of such come from ancient Egypt, over 4,000 years ago.

In Victorian England, floral bouquets were used as a way to send messages. Each flower had a meaning, as did its color and the way it was arranged.

"Flower dictionaries" were written to help people understand the messages they received and to send the correct messages to others.

Today, bouquets may be used as adornment or given as gifts on special occasions, such as at weddings, dances, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or dates, as well as to cheer the sick or at funerals.

While most people don't associate flowers with a secret message, this gift is often understood to express love or sympathy.

Would you like to draw a bouquet of flowers? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.

All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and colored pencils or crayons.

How to Draw a Flower Garden

People have been gardening for a very long time. Gardens allowed people to stay in one place, rather than traveling to find the plants they needed to survive. The earliest known plan for a garden dates from 1400 B.C.E. in Egypt.

Urban flower gardens are especially important today, since cities now take up the space once occupied by plants and animals. They provide food for pollinators. Why is this important?

Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, carry pollen from one plant to another, allowing them to produce fruit and seeds. Without pollinators, plants species would die out - and we wouldn't have any food to eat.

Would you like to draw a flower garden? This easy, step-by-step tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper.

How to Draw a Bunny – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

In this really easy drawing tutorial you will learn to draw a simple Bunny.

Bunnies have long been a staple of the animation industry. Perhaps the most famous is Bugs Bunny, who debuted in Tex Avery's Merrie Melodies short, "A Wild Hare," alongside Elmer Fudd.

Later, bugs was joined by other lapine characters, such as his girlfriend Lola Bunny and the youthful Babs and Buster Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures.

Other rabbits have graced the silver screen as well.

Among the most notable are Roger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, 1988), the Rabbit of Caerbannog (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975) and Judy Hopps (Zootopia, 2016).

Rabbits have also featured in other art forms for countless ages, often representing moon deities or fertility on ancient pottery and in early paintings.

Drawing a bunny is now easier than ever with this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

This simple guide will show you how to draw a bunny using only a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to use an eraser to correct mistakes, and crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished picture.

Note that in each step, new lines are shown in blue. Some steps don't add lines at all. In these steps, look for previous lines, called guide lines, that have been removed.

Now, get hopping and draw your bunny!

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 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 Cartoon Bee

In today's guide we will be learning how to draw a bee. This very simple tutorial consists of 14 easy steps. If you follow the step-by-step instructions you can have your very own buzzing bee sitting on the paper in front of you!

​Bees are very simple creatures to draw. They are made of very simple, round shapes. These shapes should take a minimal effort to draw.

​Begin sketching very lightly, you don't want to make any of your sketch lines too dark, this will just make it harder for you to erase them in the long run.

​Before you begin the sketching process, make sure to visualize the size of your bee. This will help you decide how big to draw each shape.

​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 Butterfly in Cartoon Style

In this guide we will draw a butterfly in seven easy steps. Butterflies are colorful and delicate creatures, but a simple, cartoon style butterfly is very simple to draw. Just follow the guide step by step.

First, before drawing anything, measure roughly how much space your butterfly drawing will take up. The wings are surprisingly large and if you make the body too big the wings may not fit in the paper.

We’ll draw simple shapes that, when connected, will make a great looking butterfly. First we'll sketch the butterfly’s body, and then add the wings and details. Note, that in real butterflies, the forewings are never smaller than the hindwings.

Draw the initial sketch with light pencil touches. When the sketch is ready, use stronger lines to complete and touch-up your drawing.

You can have fun when decorating the wings. Each butterfly has a unique pattern on their wings. Copy one you like from a photo or create your own pattern.

In the following drawing stages, I've highlighted each step with lines of 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 Bird Nest

A nest is a type of home. It is a structure created by an animal to protect its eggs and house its young after hatching. Birds are most famous for their nests, but mice, squirrels, insects, frogs, alligators, turtles, and even fish build nests of different kinds.

Bird nests are the most familiar to backyard observers. Even these can have a great variety. Some nests look like just a pile of sticks; others are highly detailed, teardrop-shaped baskets. Many birds construct bowl-shaped nests, as pictured in this drawing guide.

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Did you know? Hummingbird nests are the smallest (see easy hummingbird drawing instructions). They are held together using sticky spider webs, are less than an inch wide, and weigh only a few grams. The nest of a large eagle, by contrast, could be nearly seven feet wide and weigh over a ton!

When you see a backyard bird picking up twigs and grasses in its beak, it is most likely building a nest.

If you have a pine cone (learn to draw a pine cone) and some ribbon or string, you can be a part of the process. Wrap the string loosely around the scales of the pine cone, and use a ribbon to suspend it from a tree branch. In the spring, you may find that local birds decorate their nests with your brightly colored string!

Would you like to draw a bird's nest? This easy, step-by-step nature 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.

How to Draw a Butterfly Garden

What is a butterfly garden? Butterfly gardens are planted to attract butterflies and other species, such as moths, hummingbirds, and bees. Not only are butterfly gardens pretty, but they also help to revive and sustain butterfly populations, which have been affected by habitat destruction. Urban butterfly gardens can by an oasis for wildlife within the city.

What makes a butterfly garden different from a regular garden? Butterfly gardens contain plants that feed adult butterflies as well as their caterpillars. Native plants are especially important, because, while butterflies visit many types of flowers for nectar, the caterpillars are usually restricted to eat one or two types of wild plants.

Butterfly gardeners may also install butterfly houses, moist sand, water features, and offerings of fruit for the butterflies to use.

Butterfly gardens are educational as well. Children can be introduced to and learn to appreciate nature in such gardens. Many city parks and some schools now include butterfly gardens, planted with flowers such as milkweed, purple cone flower, and butterfly bush. Butterfly festivals may be held in the fall, at which thousands of newly winged butterflies are released for attendees to enjoy.

Would you like to draw your very own butterfly garden? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. Likely, you will also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or something similar to make your garden come to life.

How to Draw a Tree Branch

"Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all."
-"Rock-a-bye Baby," nursery rhyme

The tree limb, branch, or bough is a division of a tree where smaller portions branch from the main trunk. The tree's crown is home to many animals, including birds, squirrels, and in tropical areas, monkeys.

The above nursery rhyme speaks of a baby rocked to sleep on a tree branch. Different theories strive to explain the lyrics. One holds that its writer observed Native Americans rocking their children in birch bark baskets suspended from trees. Another points to an English family with eight children who literally lived in a tree. Still others describe a political association.

Would you like to draw a cartoon tree branch? This easy, step-by-step plant 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.

How to Draw the Sun – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

The sun is the star at the center of our solar system. This star is 93 thousand miles from the earth, yet it takes only 8 minutes and 19 seconds for its life sustaining light to reach us. Throughout the world, the sun was worshiped in various ancient cultures. Festivals held in winter time were meant to bring the sun-god back for another agricultural season, and other rites were held to bring blessings on future crops or in thanksgiving for the current harvest.

As such, images of the sun appear early in human artwork. Often called a solar symbol, the sun may be depicted as a circle, a circle with rays - as in this drawing guide - a cross, a spiral, a halo, or a crown. One of the earliest sun drawings with rays, similar to modern depictions, represented the "star of Shamash," a god in ancient Sumeria and Babylon. The similar Vergina Sun appeared in Greek art around 2,600 years ago. A face was added to the rayed sun during the medieval period in paintings of the ancient sun gods Sol or Helios.

Today, sun images are still popular in art, animation, and decoration. A sun with a face - often wearing sunglasses - is a familiar icon of summer, and it is frequently used in weather forecasts. The sun graces some national and regional flags, and it is a common design element in clothing and decor. Many animated films and television series have included a smiling sun, though often not as a main character.

Would you like to adorn your artwork or belongings with a little sunshine? Doing so is easier than ever with 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 use paints, crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing. Follow the written instructions and accompanying illustrations, and your drawing will soon make every day a sunny day.