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Uploaded: September 19, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: September 19, 2008
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Hello once again to another drawing tutorial here on DragoArt. So far I have showed you how to draw some pretty cool things for the upcoming holiday Halloween. Let’s do a quick recap on what has been submitted so far. Alright we have tutorials on vampire fangs, a coffin and right now I will be showing you how to draw a tombstone or gravestone. I say either a “tombstone or gravestone” because different people refer to this grave attire in different ways such as memorial stones, grave markers or headstones. But for now we will refer to them by either gravestone or tombstone okay. Now these stones have one main purpose; to give remembrance of the deceased. In the early days people would use pieces of wood with hand graved markings on them which were either hammered into the grave or nailed to a stake. Cemeteries came about when the black plague broke out and the dead were still spreading the disease because they were being buried in shallow graves close to homes. Appointed burial sites where used in 1348. But because these cemeteries where becoming more and more overloaded, the dead was still spreading disease. It wasn’t until 1665 that the English Parliament ruled that grave depths be made at six feet. The first cemetery similar to those back in the day was built in Paris around 1804 it was called the "garden" cemetery. The Pèere-Lachaise has famous names buried there today like Oscar Wilde, Frederick Chopin, and Jim Morrison. Let’s talk about the early materials that gravestones were made out of in the early days. At first they were made of slate, this material was available in New England. After slate, then came the all popular marble, but the only problem with marble was that it would erode too quickly and the names over time became unreadable. The next raw mineral that was found to be a good stone candidate was granite. Granite has since been the main component to gravestone making. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to draw your own cartoon tombstone or gravestone step by step. The instructions are super easy and the steps are even easier. I will be back with more cool tutorials in a bit. But for now pick up a pencil and start drawing. Peace out.

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