Cross Drawing Free Tutorial.



This cross drawing tutorial is for the intermediate artist. Theree are many types of crosses and therefore cross drawings but this is not an article on the meanings or symbols it's purely about drawing and sketching an interesting looking cross.

I bear in mind that this is an old weathered cross so my linework should reflect this. I also worked freehand although you don't have to.

1. I start by choosing a pleasing angle. I'm not interested in a straight on viewpoint. I sketch an irregular circle.

cross drawing

2. I sketch the main upright part of the cross and show how thick the cross is by drawing the side of it. I sketch the horizontal part trying to get the correct angle. It's important to get this right and there is nothing wrong with using a ruler if you need to.

cross drawing

3. I mark where I think the centre line of the cross is at the very top so I can start to draw the shape of the extremities of the cross. It looks like three pointed arches.

cross drawing

4. I join this to my guidelines.

cross drawing

5. I do this for the rest of it.

cross drawing

cross drawing

6. Now I add the sides of the features to give a three dimensional effect.

cross drawing

7. I use the circle to draw in the round features of the cross.

cross drawing

8. I finish defining the vertical shaft.

cross drawing

9. Now I am going to add details within the subject.

cross drawing

10. I draw the inlaid effect

cross drawing

12. I add more details and then I feel I have enough information to develop the image further.

cross drawing

cross drawing

I went on to draw this.

cross drawing

If you want to read an article about the types of crosses and something of their history see this site

You'll also find some nice drawing lessons on a variety of subjects including drawings of crosses.

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