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How to Draw a Scythe

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"Reach out a sickle, because harvest is ripe." - Joel 3:13, The Bible in Living English

A scythe or sickle is a hand tool used in gardening and farming. It consists of a curved blade attached to a handle.

Scythes are used to cut down plants such as grass or wheat. You can learn how to draw a scythe.

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Sometimes, scythes were used as weapons. Ancient writings depict war chariots equipped with scythe-like blades on the front or on the wheels.

This can be seen in the chariot race scene of the classic film Ben-Hur.

The combination of the scythe as an implement of farming and violence may have given rise to the mythology of the "Grim Reaper" - a hooded, skeletal figure who uses a scythe to "'reap' human souls."

The idea of a grim reaper seems to have become popular during the 1300s when up to a third of the population died of the plague. The grim reaper remains a symbol of death.

Did you know? Because they are inexpensive to make and use, scythes are still used around the world today. It is employed to cut weeds, grains, wheat, and rice.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Devil, Grim Reaper, and Skeleton.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Scythe

Scythe drawing - step 1
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1. Begin by drawing a long curved line to outline the top of the blade. Draw an "L" shaped line on one end to form the heel of the blade.

Scythe drawing - step 2
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2. Use a long and short curved line to trace the cutting edge of the blade. Notice that the two lines meet at a point.

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Scythe drawing - step 3
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3. Contour the blade with a curved line.

Scythe drawing - step 4
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4. Draw the top of the handle. Use a curved line that doubles back upon itself.

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5. Extend two parallel curved lines to form the handle. Notice that there is a slight bend in the handle. Connect the lines at the top.

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6. Draw a curved line to form the grip at the base of the handle; double it back upon itself.

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7. Complete the handle. Extend a curved line from the grip and double it back upon itself. Connect the ends of the line.

Scythe drawing - step 8
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8. Detail the top of the scythe. Draw a small oval on the attachment ring. Place a curved line along one side of it to give the opening a three-dimensional appearance. Then, draw a curved line across the bottom of the attachment ring.

Scythe drawing - step 9
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9. Detail the grip with curved lines. This could indicate a wrapping of leather or some other material. Draw a "C" shaped line to indicate the circular bottom of the handle.

Complete Scythe drawing
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Color your cartoon scythe. Often, the metal blade is grey and the wooden handle brown.

What are you harvesting? You can learn how to draw lots of fruits and vegetables.

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