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Uploaded: March 4, 2010
Artist: Dawn
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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”. That's a quote that was mad by a man that wanted peace and harmony for all, and war and vengeance for no-one. His name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and he was born on October 2, 1869 in a small town that was located on the coast of western India. This tutorial will show you "how to draw Gandhi", step by step. He was born into a middle class family that stood behind a noble name. His grandfather was Prime Minister of Porbandar, and after that his father then took his place. Gandhi's mother was responsible for the peaceful mentality that he obtained because she was such a gentle, saintly woman, that nothing seemed to effect her on a negative point of view. You would think that such a great mind breezed through school right? Wrong, the fact is, Mohandas had a difficult time with math, his multiplication tables to be more exact. This bothered him so much that he once said “my intellect must have been sluggish, and my memory raw”. Like his appearance would convey, while growing up as a teen he was a quiet, and shy young man. At the age of thirteen, he married a young girl of the same age and her name was Kasturbai. Together they where each others playmate. Gandhi himself gave an opinion on what he thought of wedding children so young, he said “child marriage was a cruel custom”. His first child was a girl, but she only lived for a few hours. As time passed he ended up with four boys with his wife Kasturbai. As he was married at thirteen, he still attended school as a married man and eventually a father. After high school his father died in 1885 and at that time it was suggested that he travel to Europe so that he could become a barrister so that he could take his fathers place in the state service. If he went to England, he could accomplish this feat in three years. Before he jumped on board to tackle this idea, he promised his mother that he would stay away from women, meat and wine. He made this promise because his mother did not approve of his travel to England. Once he was in England he automatically felt like a fish out of water. The custom took some getting used to, and because he could not eat meat, he was left to eat the tasteless vegetarian food that they had in London. It was horrible, his first goal was to spread vegetarianism so that there would be a decent meal to eat for all who chose to leave meat from their diets. After a while he started looking more like an Englishmen. He felt he needed to buy new clothes, wear silk hats, and he had even purchased a gold watch, and took up ballroom dancing. While he practiced his Hinduism, he also started reading the Bible. At first the Old Testament was almost impossible for him to understand let alone read. When he got his hands on the New Testament, he was ecstatic and feel in love with the Bible. I could go on forever and talk of this great man. But, the simple question remains, why was Gandhi so famous? Well, in short he was considered the father of his country. He came up with a non-violent approach for a revolution against British occupation of India, which lead to the departure of the British, and the Indians sole owners of their state. So many people all over the world was impressed with how peaceful this man was. Albert Einstein once wrote a letter to Gandhi that said “I use the presence of your friend in our home to send you these lines. You have shown through your works, that it is possible to succeed without violence even with those who have not discarded the method of violence. We may hope that your example will spread beyond the borders of your country, and will help to establish an international authority, respected by all, that will take decisions and replace war conflicts. With sincere admiration, Yours A. Einstein. I hope that I will be able to meet you face to face some day”. He was a man that spread peace around the world, and he was also loved and admired by many, many people. Unfortunately some of his own people thought that he was a traitor, and because of this he lost his life when he was shot three times by an Indian man named “Nathuram Godse”. He did this because he thought that Gandhi was betraying India by negotiating with Pakistan to try and stop the war between the two countries. Mohandas K. Gandhi died on January 30, 1948. A peaceful man lost his life trying to protect his country, by one of his own countrymen. This lesson will show you how to draw Gandhi, step by step. I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and I also hope you learned something new. Peace to all, and have a happy drawing day.

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Step 1. How to Draw Gandhi