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How to Draw a Rose Flower

Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.

This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.

In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.

You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.

How to Draw a Rose with Stem

Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.

You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.

Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.

There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.

How to Draw a Dragonfly – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Dragonflies are colorful insects often found near water. In fact, baby dragonflies are born in water. Similar to the way a tadpole becomes a frog, swimming dragonfly nymphs eventually take flight. Dragonflies can have lifespans of several years; most of this time is spent in the nymph stage. Some adult dragonflies even migrate across oceans, and they have been clocked at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

The fossil record shows that dragonflies are a very ancient species. Ancient dragonflies were much larger than those of today; some had wingspans of nearly three feet. Dragonflies are hunters, and they eat insects such as mosquitoes and moths.

Dragonfly images have been identified on age-old art forms, including pottery shards, Egyptian amulets, and rock paintings. Today, they are often pictured in jewelry and other decorative items. A cartoon dragonfly named Evinrude is featured in the 1977 Disney film The Rescuers. In Japan, dragonflies "are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness," and their images appear on vases and other items, both new and old.

Would you like to draw your own dragonfly? This simple, step-by-step dragonfly drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use paints, crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing, as dragonflies come in a wide range of often metallic colors.

How to Draw a Sunflower – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Sunflowers are a well known sight across much of the world. Their scientific name, Helianthus, can literally be translated "sun flower," from the Greek words helios (sun) and anthos (flower).

The sunflower's name describes the behavior of this large plant, as its blossoms turn to follow the sun in its daily march across the sky. The yellow flowers themselves are alsothought to resemble the sun.

There are about 70 varieties of sunflower, and they are farmed for their beauty as well as their seeds, which both humans and animals find to be tasty and nutritious.

Wild sunflowers are native to North and South America, and the sunflower is one of only four agricultural plants to be domesticated by the Native Americans.

Sunflowers have featured prominently in artwork. Native Americans not only made representations of the flower itself, but used its seeds as ornamentation. In the late 1800's, famed painter Vincent Van Gogh produced two series of paintings featuring sunflowers.

Sunflowers were also used extensively in the artwork of Disney's animated film, Pocahantas (1995).

The large, bright flowers gained popularity as a design element in clothing and home decor during the 1960's and 1970's, and are still used as such today.

Would you like to add cheerful sunflower designs to your room, your clothing, your school supplies,or your artwork? Doing so is easier than ever with this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.

All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser, crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.

Simply follow the instructions of the written steps, along with the accompanying illustrations. In each step, new lines are shown in light blue. Using this easy drawing guide, you will soon "grow" an entire garden of sunflowers!

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 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 Carrot

Carrots are familiar both in the garden and on the dinner table. The carrot a vegetable cultivated for its starchy edible taproot. Its name is derived from a word meaning "horn," describing its shape.

The carrot was domesticated thousands of years ago from a wild variety known as Queen Anne's lace. At first, it was the aromatic greens and seeds that were used, as relatives such as anise and cilantro still are today. Domestic carrots are sweeter and less woody than their wild relatives

Did you know? Many people believe that eating carrots will improve your vision. While carrots are good for you - they're a rich source of vitamins K and B6, as wells as alpha and beta carotene - that they drastically improve vision is a myth. This originated during World War II, when the British tried to hide certain technologies from the enemy by saying that they fed their soldiers carrots to improve their vision.

In popular culture, the carrot is often seen in the hands of characters such as Bugs Bunny or as the nose of a snowman. DC Comics featured the anthropomorphic rabbit superhero Captain Carrot, who obtained his powers by eating a "cosmic carrot."

The term "carrot and stick" or "carrot on a stick" is a metaphor for combining a reward and punishment, or for unattainable rewards. Visually, this is often seen as a carrot dangling from a string at the end of a stick, in front of a working animal such as a donkey.

Would you like to draw a tasty carrot? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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 Spider

Some researchers have said that no matter where you are on planet earth, you are never more than three feet away from a spider. These prolific arthropods live in buildings, in the forest, in the desert - some even hunt under water.

Spiders are distinguished from other invertebrates by several unique characteristics. Their bodies have two segments, the head and abdomen. All spiders have eight legs and digest their food using poison injected by their fangs. Most spiders are harmless to humans, but a few can cause injury or even death.

Spiders come in a wide range of colors. A variety of orb weaver spiders called writing spiders have yellow and black zebra stripes on their back. Lynx spiders are bright green, and Hawaiian happy face spiders are yellow with black, red, and white spots that make them look like living emoticons. Other spiders are brown, black, white, yellow, red, or a combination of colors.

Cartoon spiders are a part of our popular culture. They often play a minor role, such as the "Spi'ider" in Megamind (2010) or the singing spiders in Sing (2016). At times, however, spiders are cast in a starring role, such as in Charlotte's Web (1973, 2006).

If you would like to draw your very own cartoon spider, all you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

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 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 a Ladybug – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Your house is on fire, and your children are home!"
- A classic nursery rhyme.

Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a variety of insect found all over the world. Around 6,000 species have been identified. In general, they are very helpful garden insects, eating the aphids that destroy many garden plants.

It was once thought that the number of spots on a ladybug's back indicated its age in years, but this is now known to be a myth. Instead, the number of spots and their pattern can be used to identify the variety of ladybug in question. Young ladybugs, called larva, resemble tiny caterpillars that range in color from white to black with orange spots.

In many cultures throughout history, the ladybug has been considered a symbol of good luck, and images of the beetle are thus used to adorn clothing and other objects. Today, ladybugs are the logo of choice for such diverse companies as booksellers, clothing makers, and software developers.

One of the most memorable depictions of a ladybug in film is that of Francis in Disney and Pixar's A Bug's Life (1998). Despite being a "lady" bug, Francis makes it clear that this species of insect includes males, as well. Says he to a fly, "Just because I'm a ladybug, that automatically makes me a girl - is that it, Flyboy?" Says the fly: "She's a guy!"

Would you like to draw your very own ladybug? With the help of this simple drawing tutorial, doing so is easy. All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser. You may also wish to use markers, crayons, paints, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step includes both an illustration and explanatory text. New lines in each step are highlighted in blue.