Poodles are highly intelligent and hypoallergenic dogs. They may seem to just be prissy show dogs, but they are very protective and loving as well. Their pretty haircuts can be a bit of a challenge to draw, however it can be done.

What you will need

To Draw a Poodle, Start with Basic Outlines

Start by drawing a thin triangle on the paper, at about a 60 degree angle. Leave the bottom part open and draw an inch line on one side, to represent the tail. For the head, draw a circle at the angle on top of the triangle. Draw an oval on top of the circle to represent the hair poofiness, and make a short muzzle that seems oddly too wide for the dog, because later on the mouth will be drawn open. Don’t worry, art usually does not make sense until it is completed.

Develop the Floof of the Poodle Drawing

Add another line for the tail that starts at a point and goes down to the rear. Draw a small circle at the tip to make it look like a poodle tail. Draw a big fluffy coat on the dog, think of cotton candy. Create another line coming out of the floof to make the front paw facing you, and add an oval to make the pompom, or a circle. Make a triangle to represent a bent paw and add a poof of hair to the end as well as draw a curved line for the back paw and add a pompom there as well. Add a lower jaw with a water drop shape for a tongue. The ear is a half oval that covers the neck, going down to the furry coat and looping back up to the fro.

how to draw a poodle

Fixing Minor Issues and Making your Lines Stand Out

Now is the time to go back and erase some base lines, cleaning up the drawing thoroughly. Any mistakes you made, erase them, anything on it that bothers you, alter it now. Once you have put the marker marks on the paper, there is no erasing or going back. Once you are completely satisfied, go over the drawing with the marker and outline everything. After outlining, go over it with an eraser to get any leftover pencil marks for a clean and well put together touch.

Hummingbirds can be a little challenging to draw, with their long beaks and odd body shape. This tutorial will teach you how to draw a cute hummingbird worth showing off and being proud of.

What you will need:

Step 1: Drawing the Outlines of the Hummingbird Drawing

Start by looking at pictures of real hummingbirds. The head is a small circle shape, the body is a long oval and the tail is a little triangle shaped attached to the rear of the oval. The beak comes out of the circle that is the head and is not perfectly straight. The beak is a slightly curved shape that goes out about as far as the head is wide.

Step 2: Connect and Fix Errors in your Hummingbird Drawing

Next, make the body of the hummingbird based on real hummingbirds. So the top of the head goes forward a bit to reach the beak smoothly, and goes back down the belly all the way to the butt of the bird. The wings extend all the way out on the back about halfway across the oval and angle back down. Draw an extra line about a third from the wing tip down to the body to mark where feathers go. Draw a big round eye on the head to creepily stare out of the page at anyone who walks by. Do not forget to mark a small curved line in the edge of the circle for the white of the eye.

Step 3: Details and Finish of the Hummingbird Drawing

Then look again at the real hummingbird. The tail is very beautiful and can be difficult to draw. If problems arise with drawing the tail, make it your own design in the hummingbird drawing. Swirls like from my phoenix tutorial seem to work very well. The wings start at the feathers at the edges. Go from the line inside the wing and go out to just barely inside the line on the outside, drawing a row of feathers that are somewhat even and alike. Then the inside of the wing feathers go from the inside line to the top of the wing, make sure the bottom part of the feather on all the feathers are about the same size. Erase any guidelines as the drawing part is done. You may choose to color with markers, pencils, crayons, or pastel, however my hummingbird was left in black and white.

Do you have sharpies stashed everywhere, from your closet to the fridge? Then you may have a few too many. Here are a few Sharpie crafts to help you use them up before they dry out.

 Tie-Dye Fabric

For this you will need to purchase rubbing alcohol. Put it into a spray bottle and set it aside. Also use a plastic surface, a binder works well because the angle allows the color to flow as well as provide with a surface that can be damaged with little worry. Using non metallic sharpies, draw random colors all over white fabric and spray it down with the alcohol to make the color run. You could also spray the alcohol on the cloth while the cloth is on photo paper or thick drawing paper to make an awesome background as well as a tie dye. If you choose to dye a shirt, wait 24 hours for it to stain the cloth completely and then wash it by itself thoroughly, as alcohol is flammable. Dry it on low. 

Body Art Sharpie Crafts

You can also draw on your skin or someone else’s with a sharpie. You can make a wide variety of fake tattoos with just a black sharpie and a touch of talent. Hearts and swirls are easy to draw, but try birds, skulls, or whatever seems fun to you. But oh no, your mom is about to come home and your brother is covered in scribbles! What do you do? Grab the Rubbing alcohol. Get a few cotton pads and rubbing alcohol and melt the ink right off. This trick, however, will not help keep you from getting grounded for not doing your chores. That was completely your fault. Craft with caution.

Decorate your Room with the 7 Souls of Undertale

Draw 8-bit hearts on graph paper and color them in with sharpies for an extra pop. For the size I use, I filled in 4 blocks on the outline for each pixel, and made the white part on the side to make it seem shiny. Note- color in one direction to prevent it from looking like you just scribbled with reckless abandon. You can use these glue dots or double sided sticky tape to attach it to the wall or to a drawing book.

This easy and simple tutorial will help you create a majestic phoenix with pastels or, if you prefer, colored pencils. Keep in mind you will need about 10 to 12 pencils or pastels ranging in shades of red to orange to yellow in order to create this piece.

You will need

Step one, Optional: Draw your Base

For this project, I started by just drawing some swirls and attaching the body and wings. However, if you do not feel you have the confidence to jump right in with your pigments, use your pencil to sketch out a basic outline. I recommend drawing the body, the tail feathers, and the top part of the wings attaching to the body. If you choose not to do a base like I did, disregard this first paragraph.

Step two: Start From the Bottom of your Phoenix Art Drawing and Work up

After you have a base -or decide you don’t need one- proceed to start with the phoenix tail. Feel free to get creative in designing your tail. I tried to make my tail as flowy and graceful as possible, but you could also make your tail shorter, longer, or less curled. You may use a maroon or black pastel so as to weave little ribbons around your tail.

Step three: Torso of your Phoenix Art and Where the Wings go

The torso of the phoenix is a line down the back that goes from the back of the tail to the head, curving up like the spine that it is, and the head shape. Do not worry about connecting the belly to the tail just yet, because we have a wing to draw that covers a lot of the belly. For the wings, draw a line that goes out as far as you want on the side facing you, and goes down at a slight angle, like a dragon wing. On the other side, do the same but make the longer line a little shorter and the angle more sharp.

Step four: Coloring the Wings of the Phoenix Art

You need three shades of orange and two shades of red, so start with your lightest orange at tip of the wings to about a third of the way in. Make your feathers curve outward and up, using long strokes. The next third do the same with your next lightest pastel, so use long strokes going outward and blending with the other orange. At the arch of the wing goes darkest orange, fill in the wing the same way and blend. You now have an orange gradient. Start with the darker red at the arch and just do a very small area, going from the top of the wing to the bottom darkest layer of orange. The lighter shade of red will be used to help blend the dark red into the orange. Color the body a cheesy yellow-orange and the beak a golden color and you are done.

This bleeding and broken emo heart is fun and easy to draw. You’ll learn that hearts are not as difficult to draw as you think, once you break down the shape.

You will need

Please note- Pastels can be rather messy to work with, especially the powdery ones. The dust can get everywhere. If you have breathing issues, I recommend to do this craft in a well ventilated area, preferably outside.

Drawing the Base of your Broken Heart

Start with your pencil and paper. Draw a big “m” on your paper, which is the top of your heart. Then draw a “v” underneath the “m”, connecting them. This is the rough base of your base. The bottom of the “v” should be lined up with the middle of the “m”.

Drawing the Blood Drippings on Your Broken Heart Base

After your heart base is drawn, you can draw the drippings. Note the heart sort of sits on top of the blood, but the shape closely follows the heart. Remember that gravity is a thing, and the blood will drip down and in a sort of blob at the end where it pools up as the weight slowly pulls it down. Draw some slightly wavy lines with a curve on the end for the basic blood drip. For the double blood drip, I did the same thing but pulled it away from the base a bit more so it looked split up slightly.

Adding Color to your Blood Drippings

So you have your base ready to go, make sure any lines are faded with your kneaded eraser so it is more easy to cover with pastel. Remember they are only guidelines for where to apply color. Start from the very bottom of your blood drippings and work up to the top of your heart. I first put a little bit of purplish blue pastel down and then red on the rest of the blood dripping and around the base of the heart to blend it in, and used my finger to blend. You can also use a q-tip to blend. Add as many layers as needed to blend to your satisfaction.

Coloring the broken heart

Here I sort of broke a rule of pastel- we never outline when working with pastels. However, I had to make the heart stand apart from the drippings. I put down some dark pink and added a very thin black line and blended it in, to make the pigment darker. After that, I filled in half the heart with dark pink and then added light pink, outlining with dark pink to make it more sharp and blending light and dark pink where they meet so it smoothly transitions. If you tried to recreate this artwork, please let me know how it turned out; I would love to see it.