Draw a great looking Peace Sign with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!
A number of symbols have been used to represent the concept of peace. These include the dove and olive branch, the symbol of the British nuclear disarmament movement (commonly called the peace sign or peace symbol), the broken rifle, and the lion and the lamb.
The peace sign or V sign "is a hand gesture, palm outwards, with the index and middle fingers open and all others closed." Legend has it that the gesture was used by archers as far back as the 1400s. During World War II, this gesture was used to represent the letter "V" for "victory." During the 1960s, activists in the United States who were opposed to the Vietnam war "adopted the gesture as a sign of peace." It then became associated with the hippie movement.
Did you know? The V sign hasn't always had its current meaning. In American Sign Language, it indicates the number 2 or the letter "V". In parts of Asia, it is associated with cuteness, and, therefore, is often seen in selfies and other photos. In certain nations, it can be an offensive gesture, especially if the palm is facing the signer.
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Peace signs are commonly seen on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and other accessories. A colorful frog waving a peace sign is the official logo of the Peace Frogs apparel company. The peace sign is also an emoji (Unicode U+270C) on most devices.
Would you like to draw a cartoon hand making the peace sign gesture? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Peace Sign
1. Outline the bent thumb and side of the hand using a long, curved line.
2. Draw a short straight line extending from the pad of the thumb, and then a long curved line. This outlines the fleshy part of the palm called the thenar eminence.
3. Extend a long curved line from the back of the thumb and double it back upon itself, forming the pointer finger, also known as the index finger or second digit.
4. Extend a curved line from the base of the index finger and double it back upon itself to form the third digit or middle finger.
5. Draw a curved line from the top of the thumb, crossing the base of the middle finger and extending beyond it. Then, draw a curved line below the thumb that almost meets this new line. This forms the ring finger or fourth digit, retracted to lay flat against the palm.
6. Draw a curved line that doubles back upon itself and crosses the ring finger. Erase as necessary. Extend the line to the base of the hand. This outlines the pinky finger or fifth digit as well as the side of the hand.
7. Draw a curved line beneath the hand to indicate the wrist.
8. Draw a curved line across the wrist.
9. Draw a curved line to complete the wrist and enclose the figure.
Color your cartoon peace sign.
For more great Really Easy drawing tutorials, see the 51 Really Easy Drawing Ideas for Kids post.
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