how to draw a totem pole
Step 3. How to Draw a Totem Pole
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Uploaded: May 19, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: November 14, 2015
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What do you call a big log carved out looking like multiple animals? If you guessed a totem pole, you guessed right. Totem poles are big sculptures that are hand carved with big cedar trees. The way that totem poles are made is absolutely fascinating. These large pieces of art work are always done by hand and always created with ritual. Another words, totem poles are never created using modern methods like being mass produced even if they will be on the outside of public buildings or private homes. Once a totem is carved out by a handful of carving artists, the pole is then lifted and pulled by a bunch of strong sturdy men that position the totem upright. Once a totem is created, pulled and placed, the finished creation is usually followed by a ceremony by the Indigenous people of the Pacific Coast in North America. The types of people this falls under is the; Haida, Nuxalk, Tlingit, and other races that practice this type of ceremony. But what is the purpose of a totem pole? Well, for native Americans totem poles represented a tribes status. The large carved figures symbolize the mythological history behind a tribes history, as well as the types of rights and privileges that one has to enjoy. Every animal, man, or object used in totem poles signifies a tribe or clans region and their significance. The pole that I drew is just a basic design that I made up with some of my favorite animals in it. Learning "how to draw a totem pole step by step" can be a very creative thing to do. I have to say that I really did have an awesome time drawing out this statue. And since a lot of men and some woman get these designs inked on their bodies, I will put this tutorial under the tattoo category. Totem pole tattoos are sometimes chosen as tattoo designs if you are a spiritual individual or come from a specific tribe or clan. I know you guys will have fun, I will be back in a while to chat with some of my DragoArt buddies so keep an eye open for your friend and fellow artist, Dragon_Queen.