How to Draw a Noose

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A noose is a type of coiled rope. The most innocuous use of a noose is the lasso.

A lasso consists of a rope, 60 to 100 feet in length, with a slip noose at the end. Skilled cowboys use the lasso to capture horses, cattle, or other animals. They throw the lasso in such a way that the noose goes over the animal's head and tightens like a leash. Alternatively, the animal may be caught by the foot instead.

Nooses have also been used to execute criminals by hanging. This method of punishment has been used since ancient times, and is especially associated with the gallows of Medieval Europe and the American West.

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In the United States, however, the noose is often seen as a notorious symbol because of its association with lynching, a type of mob violence in which a person is executed under the pretext of administering justice but without a proper trial. Racial prejudice was often a motivating factor.

In art, the noose may be representative of cowboy culture as in the lasso, or it may be used to depict the horrors of times past. Its use can also be controversial. For example, an art installation of multi-colored nooses, representing oppressed peoples, had to be removed from the Austin Peay State University campus in the United States due to complaints from local citizens.

Would you like to draw a cartoon noose? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a sheet of paper and a crayon, marker, pencil, or pen.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Noose

How to Draw Noose: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a small oval. Then draw a curved line across it. This begins the knot of the noose.

How to Draw Noose: Step 2

2. Use a curved line to enclose a half-oval above the previous shape. This forms the next segment of the knot.

How to Draw Noose: Step 3

3. Use a curved line to enclose a half-oval on top of the previous segment. This forms yet another portion of the knot.

How to Draw Noose: Step 4

4. Enclose another half-oval on top of the knot.

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How to Draw Noose: Step 5

5. Use a curved line to enclose another segment at the top of the knot.

How to Draw Noose: Step 6

6. Use a curved line to enclose another segment of the knot. Then, use a shorter line to enclose a smaller segment, completing the top of the knot.

How to Draw Noose: Step 7

7. Draw two straight, vertical, parallel lines at the top of the knot. This forms the rope. Use a curved line to enclose a cylindrical shape, indicating the end of the rope as it emerges from the knot.

How to Draw Noose: Step 8

8. Use a long, curved line to draw a teardrop shape at the bottom of the knot. Then, draw another, slightly smaller, nearly parallel teardrop shape within the first. This outlines the noose itself.

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How to Draw Noose: Step 9

9. Draw short, diagonal, curved lines across all the sections of rope, including the coiled knot. This gives the impression of the texture of a twisted or braided rope.

How to Draw Noose: Step 10

Color your noose. Ropes of this sort are traditionally tan or brown.

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