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Uploaded: October 24, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: October 25, 2008
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Hello folks I am back with another drawing tutorial and yes it is another tattoo design that I think is a very interesting concept. Right now I will show you how to draw a scarab step by step. Now I’m not a wiz on everything but I do read a lot and I know that the scarab is a scared beetle to the Egyptians. In ancient Egypt they believed that the dung beetle or scarab was linked to the God of the sun, Khepri. They also believed that this insect’s sex origin came only in male and that they reproduced by dumping semen into the dung balls that they roll. An interesting fact is that the dung ball is in the shape of a sun, so obviously this belief gains respect. A roman historian by the name of Plutarch quoted on the dung beetle and the Egyptians belief, he said; “The race of beetles has no female, but all the males eject their sperm into a round pellet of material which they roll up by pushing it from the opposite side, just as the sun seems to turn the heavens in the direction opposite to its own course, which is from west to east”. Anyway, the Egyptians are people that have many beliefs and many myths. I think that their culture back in the ancient days was pretty interesting. This is an awesome tattoo design that I took a lot of time with. I will show you how easy it is to draw a scarab design step by step. I hope you like this drawing; I will be back with more tutorials in a bit so keep your eyes open people.

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how to draw a scarab design

How to Draw a Scarab Design

how to draw a scarab design step 1

STEP 1.

Start this first step by drawing some shapes and guidelines to form a frame for your dung beetle. Start by drawing two circles for the eye that the beetle is holding and then an oval shape for the body. Make another circle for the the shape that the beetle is holding with his legs. Now you will draw the guidelines for the limbs, and then the body guidelines in the middle.
 
how to draw a scarab design step 2

STEP 2.

You will now start drawing the lines for the wings and then the thickening lines for the legs as shown. For the body you will draw out the top half lining of the body.
 
how to draw a scarab design step 3

STEP 3.

As you can see you have already drawn out the wing shapes and the two circles for the eyeball and the eye of Ra. What you will do now is sketch out the shape of the legs and then add some definition detailing to the beetle body as shown. Once you are done you can move to the next step.
 
how to draw a scarab design step 4

STEP 4.

Well you are almost done and as you can see your scarab is coming along nicely. What you will do here is close off the wing tips by drawing rounded edges. Then you will add a nail on bot wings near the front legs. You will then sketch the eyes and then add the slightly wavy lines on the shape that the beetle is holding with it's legs.
 
how to draw a scarab design step 5

STEP 5.

Well you have made it to your last drawing step and what you will do now is sketch the eyeball and pupil and then add scratching lines around the pupil as seen here. Add two circles on the body and then add some slight shading on the body. You will then draw out the Egyptian eye design on the lower shape.
 
how to draw a scarab design step 6

STEP 6.

When you are done your sketch should end up looking like this. All you have to do is erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one. I hope you liked this tattoo design on how to draw a scarab step by step. I will be back in a bit with more so sty tuned.