Drawing a Maltese Cross

The Maltese cross is a little unusual in that it doesn’t borrow from either basic crosses. Instead, it follows its own pattern, which ends up making this is good design to practice eyeballing measurements on. It’s a simple design to follow, and since its completely symmetrical you can easily see …

Read More »

Drawing a Lamp

Lamps are a wonderful example of using simple shapes to build something complex. Here’s what you need to do to fashion an old school oil lamp: Start by drawing a rectangle resting on a half circle. Next, make a triangle out of the left side of the rectangle. Try to …

Read More »

Drawing an Iota-Chi

Simply follow the tutorial of your choice for the Chi Cross design and leave out the horizontal arm. That’s the only difference between the Iota-Chi monogram and the Chi Cross.

Read More »

Drawing a basic cross

Just about every cross design starts its life as either a Latin cross or a Greek cross, so to get the best results you should practice these designs and get familiar with drawing them. The better you are at drawing these, the better you will be at drawing any cross …

Read More »

Drawing a Fleuree Cross

It’s pretty easy to tell that this design is based on the Latin Cross, but there are a few extra steps you should take to ensure you’ve left enough room to include the buds. One solution is to use a grid: But, if that doesn’t appeal to you, here’s one …

Read More »

Drawing a Flame

Flames are fairly easy to draw. As long as you use smooth curves and bend everything in roughly the same direction, it will look pretty good. Here is a simple way to draw a nice tongue of flame: Start out by drawing a W over a lopsided S. The W …

Read More »

Drawing a fish

Fish are really easy to draw. Their natural flexibility makes it even easier. Here’s how to draw a simple fish: Begin by drawing a curved line. One end of the line will be the fish’s nose, so point that end where you want your fish to be looking. Place a …

Read More »

Drawing an Epiphany Star

There’s less to drawing this symbol than it looks, but it’s still one of the more difficult designs. The real trick is getting the star centered. Get ready to draw a lot of circles! Here’s how to tackle this design: Start by drawing a large plus. Divide the arms of …

Read More »

Drawing an Eastern Orthodox Cross

This one is rather easy as it’s similar to, but not quite a Latin Cross. It does take more than the usual amount of space on a grid though: Not using a grid? No problem, just do this: Start this design by making a Latin Cross that’s thinner than usual. …

Read More »

Drawing a Door and Lintel

This isn’t a hard symbol at all. It’s just a few rectangles with some splotches on them. Here’s all you need to do to make this design: Start out by drawing a simple square. Extend the bottom line a little distance on both sides so it looks like the square …

Read More »