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Uploaded: February 22, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: March 25, 2010
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Today I am putting up a tutorial on the Nautical Star. I chose to do the sketch and drawing because, for the past year or so I’ve been seeing this particular star on the front of homes, on buildings, and so forth. It wasn’t till recently that I really wanted to know what the star meant, now I always had an assumption about the meaning of the nautical star, but I never really knew the truth behind the symbol. I searched around the web and found that my assumption was in fact not all that far from the truth, you see I thought that people where displaying the nautical star because they had a loved one overseas like in the military, and come to find out, that this star has a butt load of meanings. One is that sailors were the first to even display the nautical star by tattooing it on their arms. Now, if you look up the word nautical, it means relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships, historically sailors where superstitious men and believed stories on life and death, and how men got lost at sea and was never heard from again. In the beginning, sailors used the night time stars to navigate their way across the ocean on their travels, in the daylight hours the North Star became a symbol to find your way home. I mean the North Star is used in a lot a ways and stands for a lot of things, in biblical terms the North Star helped the three wise men find the king of kings through the endless desert at night and by day. Now a days in modern culture, you can see this star on the arms of gays and lesbians, punk rockers, and even the men and women in the military have taken on the nautical star tattoo for a sense of hope that they will safely return to their loved ones back home. Punk rockers adopted this symbol for almost the same exact reason, to help guide them in their journeys through life. And for gays and lesbians, the nautical star dates back to the 40s and 50s when their lifestyles where not seen as normal and considered at times to be broken or mentally ill. For these men and woman they had to hide their way of life by putting a tattoo on the inside of the wrist so it can be easily hidden by a watch or bracelet. Like I said the Nautical Star may have a bunch of meanings, but one thing is certain, this star represents hope, it gives guidance, and it screams I love who I am for some people. This tutorial will teach you "how to draw a nautical star", step by step with ease. If you want to learn how to draw a star step by step then go here, How to draw a star

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Step 3. How to Draw a Nautical Star