Drawing a Nativity Star

No picture of the manger or the three wise men is complete without the star high above! Fortunately, it’s an easy design to work with, as it’s just a 4 pointed star with a little embellishment. Here’s how to turn a four pointed star into something a little fancier: As …

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Drawing a set of nails

When Christ was crucified, He was pinned to the cross using three large nails. These nails have more in common with railroad spikes than the nails used for carpentry today, so when drawing them, you need to make them look more like stakes or spikes than your everyday nail. While …

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Drawing a Marriage Cross

This design is fairly easy to work with, but getting the thickness of the circles correct can take some trial and error. Fortunately, if you’ve practiced the Latin Cross, you’re already a long way to making this design even easier. It’s possible to use a grid to simplify things, but …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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