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Uploaded: April 13, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: April 13, 2009
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So far today I have uploaded four drawing lessons and every one of them was awesome. Two days ago I submitted a lesson on how to draw an Indian tomahawk step by step. Now I knew that the tutorial was going be a big hit. But what I didn’t know was how people responded to the lesson by asking for more Native American tutorials. So out of request from several DragoArt members I will now show you how to draw a dreamcatcher step by step. The dreamcatcher is a one hundred percent handmade object made by the Ojibwa culture. It is designed and made to hang over the beds of young children to catch bad dreams and only let good dreams come through. Dreamcatchers are woven together using rings of willow that are usually round or tear drop shaped. They use a fiber called sinew which is a tendon taken from a cow or other forms of animal. They thread the willow with the sinew to make a net like web. Once the web is complete they tie in a series of feathers and beads which also aid to the capture of bad dreams. Real Indian made Dreamcatchers are not made to last. Instead they are supposed to decay and fall apart as the child ages and enters adulthood. Once a bad dream is caught by a dreamcatcher, they would disappear when the daylight enters the room that the child is sleeping in. The correct way to hang a dreamcatcher should be over the sleeping head of an individual like a child and nowadays even an adult. If the catcher hangs above the head, good dreams will easily pass through while nightmares are trapped within the woven web. Dreamcatchers of today have become more main stream and less spiritual. Instead of owning a dreamcatcher for what it’s originally made for, people buy them to decorate their homes, cars, and other places they think would make a nice decoration at. I had a lot of fun drawing out this Native American object because I got to really use my imagination. Learning how to draw a dreamcatcher step by step is a fun way to color and design your very own concept of this age old object brought to use by the Ojibwa people. Have fun and stay tuned for more upcoming fun.

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how to draw a dreamcatcher

How to Draw a Dreamcatcher

how to draw a dreamcatcher step 1

STEP 1.

You will start with a medium sized circle and then draw a plus sign in the middle. Next draw another inner circle within the main circle. Next add five lines for the feathers and this is when you can make the feathers as long or as many as you want.
 
how to draw a dreamcatcher step 2

STEP 2.

Now in the middle draw a series of pedal like shapes for the design of the net. Draw another series of beads placed randomly in the middle.
 
how to draw a dreamcatcher step 3

STEP 3.

In this third step you will start sketching out the wrapped leather strands that will go around the whole shape of the dreamcatcher.
 
how to draw a dreamcatcher step 4

STEP 4.

Now you will start drawing out the shapes of each feather that you want to add to your Native American dreamcatcher. As you can see this object is very simple to draw. Add two wavy lines on each side for the ending pieces of leather strand.
 
how to draw a dreamcatcher step 5

STEP 5.

You are almost on your last drawing step and what you will do here is start sketching out the feathers in more detail and definition. Thicken the leather strand lines and then move to the next step.
 
how to draw a dreamcatcher step 6

STEP 6.

here is your last drawing step. All you have to do is add more leather binding to the bottom of the ring and then erase any visible guidelines that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a dreamcatcher step 7

STEP 7.

And here is your finished sketch of the very popular dreamcatcher. All you have to do now is add some color to this Native American piece and you have just completed this lesson on how to draw a dreamcatcher step by step.