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“Though nothing can bring back the hour.
Of splendour in the grass,
Of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find.
Strength in what remains behind.”
–“Splendour in the Grass” by William Wordsworth
Grass is ubiquitous – in most parts of the world, grass is everywhere. This plant covers the ground we walk on, feeds us, feeds the animals we eat, and manages to survive in the most hostile of environments – such as a crack in the hot city sidewalk.
Perhaps you’ve never thought about it before, but life as we know it would not be possible without this humble plant. Grasses contribute to the oxygen we breath, with grasslands covering nearly half of the earth’s non-icy land area. Grasses have provided staple crops throughout human history, including corn, wheat, rice, and other grains. Have you eaten a grass product today? If you’ve had cereal, bread, pasta, rice, or tortillas, you certainly have. Beer, which has been produced for over 4,000 years, would not exist without this plant.
In popular culture, grass continues to play a role. A green cultivated lawn has come to be regarded as a symbol of affluence. Grasses are also the topic of many maxims, including, “the grass is always greener on the other side” and “a snake in the grass.” In art, grasses typically assume a supporting role as the greenery beneath the subject’s feet.
Would you like to add such greenery to your own drawings? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper.
Is the grass always greener on the other side? It can be, if you choose to draw it so.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Grass
1. Begin by drawing a single blade of grass. Draw two curved lines, allowing them to meet in a point at the top.
2. Draw more blades of grass. For each, extend two curved lines, allowing them to meet in a sharp point at the top. Notice that the blades of grass overlap, with lines of adjacent blades meeting in points on the bottom.
3. Draw more blades of grass, using a set of curved lines for each.
4. Continue drawing grass blades; this time, the patch of grass will be set slightly behind the first. Notice how the lines seem to pass behind the previous blades of grass.
5. Draw even more grass. Continue to use a pair of curved lines for each blade.
6. Draw another patch of grass in the distance. Rather than drawing individual blades, this time you will use a series of short, connected, curved lines that meet in jagged points.
7. Draw additional patches of grass in the distance. Again, connect short, curved lines in a jagged zigzag pattern.
8. Draw a few more blades of grass in the foreground, using a pair of curved lines for each. Give one of your distant patches some ground to stand on by drawing a wavy, curved line beneath it.
9. Draw curved lines under each of the patches of grass. Draw a horizon line – the point where the ground meets the sky – using curved lines of various lengths. Allow some of the lines to overlap, forming uneven ground, while others can meet in jagged points, indicating more grass on the horizon. Enclose a few irregular, rounded shapes to indicate random rocks.
10. Color your grassy landscape. Don’t forget to populate your picture with animals such as lions, giraffes, zebras, bunnies, and more. You can learn to draw these animals and others using our animal drawing tutorials.
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