How to Draw a Fallen Angel

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"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
- Jude 6, King James Version

Angels are defined as "any benevolent...spiritual being that mediates between the transcendent and temporal realms." Throughout history, various cultures have recorded such beings in their art, often endowing them with wings. Ancient examples can be seen in the Assyrian relief panel and other works displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Today, popular culture often glorifies fallen angels. Books and movies portray them as romantic figures. Interestingly, both ancient mythologies and the Bible did the same - though typically in an unfavorable light. In Greek mythology, for example, gods such as Zeus fathered half-human children.

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In the Bible book of Genesis, it states that "the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them." It was this event that caused the "great flood" to occur.

Did you know? The term "angel" means "messenger." While modern artistic renderings of angels depict them as female, this has not always been the case. In the holy writings of Christianity and Judaism, materialized angels are always seen as males. The idea of female angels, such as the one in this drawing guide, may have been adopted from mythological goddesses worshiped throughout the world.

Would you like to draw a fallen angel? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial will show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Fallen Angel

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the girl's face and hair. Use long curved lines to outline the chin and top of the hair. Then, use shorter lines of different lengths to sketch the locks of hair around and beneath the face. The lines should meet at sharp points. Then, use short curved lines to draw the nose, mouth, part of the hair, and texture of the hair.

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 2

2. Sketch the girl's neck and arms. Use scalloped lines to draw the collar of the garment. Use pairs of lines for the arms, noting the indentions near the elbows.

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 3

3. Use long, curved lines to draw the girl's dress. Note that the dress is tucked between her legs, necessitating that each is drawn individually.

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 4

4. Draw the girl's bent legs extending behind her. For the first, extend a long, curved line and double it back upon itself. Then, use a shorter curved line to enclose the remaining leg, partially hidden by the first.

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How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 5

5. Extend a short line and a very long curved line from the girl's shoulder to form the wing. Bend the long line, and double it back upon itself at the tip. This forms the first feather. Use a shorter curved line to enclose the second feather.

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 6

6. Beginning near the base of the wing, draw a series of connected "U" shaped lines to indicate layers of feathers. Draw a few curved lines parallel to the top of the wing.

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 7

7. Continue to draw "U" shaped feathers, filling the empty space within the wing and fully enclosing its edges. Note that the flight feathers are larger than those within the wing. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 8

8. Extend a long, curved line from the girl's opposite side to form the remaining wing. Double it back upon itself at the tip to form the first flight feather. Use "U" shaped lines to form additional feathers.

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How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 9

9. Continue to draw "U" shaped feathers until the second wing is completed.

How to Draw Fallen Angel: Step 10

Color your angel.

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