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Uploaded: January 21, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: January 21, 2012
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I’m going to step away from the baby animal tutorials for a moment and upload a very special lesson that holds meaning in more ways than one. One of my good friends recently lost her uncle who was in the military. He was overseas in a country fighting a battle that is going absolutely nowhere when he lost his life. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is for me to read articles that talk about the lives that where lost, and looking at pictures of people sobbing over loved ones that are no longer with them. Today, I will show you guys "how to draw a battle cross", step by step. Some may ask what exactly a battle cross is, so I will explain to the best of my ability. The fallen soldier battle cross is a soldier made cross that is used, and displayed when a Marine loses his/her life on the battlefield. The battle cross is displayed at base camps, and it consists of the actual rifle, boots, and helmet of the solider that was killed. The helmet is placed on the butt of the riffle as it is positioned barrel tip down in between the fallen soldier’s boots. It stands erect without falling because the bayonet is driven into the ground. Sometimes the dog tags of the solider will also hang with the rifle, but not always. A sandbag is commonly used as well behind the boots to have stability so the battle cross stays put without falling. These fallen soldier battle crosses have been used since the American Civil War, and the whole purpose of the display of the helmet, riffle and boots is to show honor, and respect for each soldier that was killed during battle. It took a while for me to get the boots right, and it was also complicated trying to simplify the riffle. I really wanted to make this lesson easy enough for anyone to tackle because I know that there people of all ages that will want to tackle the task of drawing a battle cross. I do hope I did a good enough job for you all, I don’t personally have any relatives that serve in the military, but I still hold a lot of respect and sorrow for those that are lost in a senseless war that has absolutely no benefit to either sides whatsoever. All the war is doing is causing death, anguish, and pain to men, woman, and children. Enjoy this tutorial folks, and I hope it helps those of you that have wanted to draw a fallen solider symbol, but didn’t know how.