How to Draw a Tombstone

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A tombstone - also called a headstone or gravestone, is a type of marker that is placed over a grave.

The tradition of marking a grave with a stele - a stone or wooden slab erected as a monument - is an ancient one. Today, the tradition is common among many religious groups, including Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

Tombstones typically contain information about the deceased person, including their name, date of birth, and date of death. Some may also feature personal messages or religious texts, as well as artwork.

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They differ greatly in size and design. Some tombstones are the size of small buildings or include life-sized statues. Others are only a few feet wide and buried so that their tops are even with the ground.

Some people are afraid of graveyards or tombstones. Why? Myths, books, and movies abound about the dead haunting such areas in the form of ghosts, zombies, skeletons, or other fearsome creatures.

In reality, though, cemeteries are often designed to be peaceful places with parklike settings. Many people visit cemeteries to think about their dead loved ones or to research their family history, called genealogy.

During some holidays, traditions include cleaning the tombstones and leaving gifts there for the dead.

Would you like to draw a creepy tombstone? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Tombstone

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the rocks and dirt at the base of the tombstone. Draw many irregular rounded shapes overlapping one another. The shapes should be of different sizes - some large, some small. Texture the larger stones with curved lines.

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 2

2. Draw grass atop the rocks. Enclose the grass using a series of short curved lines that connect in jagged points. The connected series of lines should start at one side of the rocks and span to the opposite side.

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 3

3. Draw a set of parallel lines upward from the grass. This forms the side of the tombstone.

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 4

4. Draw another line extending upwards from the opposite side of the grass and rocks. This outlines the opposite side of the tombstone.

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How to Draw Tombstone: Step 5

5. Connect the parallel lines at the top, forming a rectangle. From this rectangle and from the remaining line, extend a short straight line towards the center of the tombstone. Then, connect these using a curved line like a semicircle, enclosing the front of the tombstone. Draw another curved line from the rectangle to the top of the tombstone to give it a three-dimensional appearance.

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 6

6. Draw wavy lines across the side of the tombstone to add texture.

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 7

7. Outline the letters "RIP" across the front of the tombstone. These letters stand for "Rest in Peace." This has been a common inscription since the 1700s.

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 8

8. Texture the front of the tombstone. Use branching curved lines and wavy "V" shaped lines to indicate cracks on the stone. Enclose small circles and irregular rounded shapes.

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How to Draw Tombstone: Step 9

9. Draw additional gravestones in the background. Draw a curved line to indicate the ground; then, enclose roughly rectangular shapes overlapping one another. Texture them with wavy lines. Finally, enclose the shape of a cross, like a lowercase letter "t," atop one of the rectangles. Draw additional lines parallel to its vertical lines to give it a three-dimensional appearance.

How to Draw Tombstone: Step 10

Color your graveyard scene. Check out our people drawing guides, where you'll find ghoulish characters, or our animal drawing guides, where you can discover creepy creatures such as bats, scorpions, and spiders.

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