Cross Drawings

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I show you a couple of cross drawings and will briefly explain each. Crosses are part of our culture and history. It seems they are with us till the end of our days and beyond as we also have crosses on our graves.

In Europe, you see them in old towns everywhere on church towers or cemeteries.

The cross is associated mainly with religion because it is used in many religions. The cross is however a symbol.

In Christianity, it symbolizes the martyrdom of Jesus Christ because crucifixion in those days was a very common form of execution. As a symbol, it has way too many meanings (not only religious) to describe them all here. So cross drawings are definitely a theme worth considering.

Many cultures use the cross in their religion, on national flags, in heraldry, and also as markings. In Japanese (and Chinese) Kanji, a cross symbol in writing means the number 10.

I picked up a couple of crosses and will show you some simple techniques on how to draw them by freehand without a ruler. I know, the lines aren’t exactly straight; I do not mind that much and hope you are OK with it too.

Enjoy These Cross Drawings

1. Christian Cross

This cross is the simplest one and very easy to draw. It is also called Latin Cross the symbol of Christianity and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

How to draw a crossHow to draw a cross

By freehand draw a simple cross as you see in the picture. Do not use a ruler! Consider this as a kind of exercise. Lines may not be straight but it is OK. See the lines I drew, they are not straight at all.

How to draw a crossHow to draw a cross

The above simple cross lines will serve you as center lines around which you draw the body of the cross. Draw two parallel lines around each – horizontal and vertical center-line. Distance between the outer lines and the center line will determine the width of the arms of your cross.

Decide the length proportion of arms and use a darker pencil line to mark and outline the final shape of your cross.

You can use this easy and simple system for all cross drawings and apply it as necessary.
Finally, darken or shade the cross as you wish. I made this one very simple. Try a different shade or color tone; it doesn’t need to be black.

How to draw a crossHow to draw a cross

2. Ankh

This is absolutely my favorite one! If I make cross drawings, I would draw this one.

The shape of this one is very interesting. It is also called Cross Of The Nile or The Key of the Nile. In Egyptian hieroglyphic character, it means an Eternal Life.

How to draw an AnkhHow to draw an Ankh

I use exactly the same technique for cross drawings as on the above Christian Cross.

How to draw an AnkhHow to draw an Ankh
How to draw an AnkhHow to draw an Ankh

3. Skull and Crossbones Cross

You may be surprised to see this because it does not really look like the cross you expect. You can find this unusual cross on some of the old cemeteries.

This cross symbol often appears on pirate ships in movies. It may be fun to add this into your collection of cross drawings. Before you draw this cross, check out first the simple method of how to draw skulls.

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4. Cross Bottony

Every arm of this cross ends with a trefoil as a symbol of the Christian trinity. It was often painted on medieval shields as you see on this drawing.

How to draw Cross BottonyHow to draw Cross Bottony

Here I made diagonal crosses on each end of the four arms which will help me draw the trefoils.

How to draw Cross BottonyHow to draw Cross Bottony
How to draw Cross BottonyHow to draw Cross Bottony
How to draw Cross BottonyHow to draw Cross Bottony

This is a simple drawing of a medieval shield with the Cross Buttony symbol on it.

5. Papal Cross

As every cross contains a symbol this one has three crossbars. Every crossbar represents the Pope’s role:

  1. As a Bishop of Rome
  2. As a Patriarch of the West
  3. As a successor of St. Peter
How to draw Papal CrossHow to draw Papal Cross
How to draw Papal CrossHow to draw Papal Cross

6. Cross Fleury

While Cross Bottony’s arms end with trefoil, Cross Fleury's arms end with flowers. This cross is very nice to draw as a decoration.
On each arm, three petals represent Faith, Wisdom, and Chivalry.

How to draw Cross FleuryHow to draw Cross Fleury
How to draw Cross FleuryHow to draw Cross Fleury

7. Jerusalem or Crusader’s Cross

This is the Crusader’s symbol of Jerusalem. Interesting is the small four crosses in every corner. These may symbolize the four directions in which Christianity spread from Jerusalem.

It is also called Crusader’s Cross, as Pope Urban II gave Crusaders a papal banner with this symbol.

How to draw Crusader’s CrossHow to draw Crusader’s Cross
How to draw Crusader’s CrossHow to draw Crusader’s Cross
How to draw Crusader’s CrossHow to draw Crusader’s Cross

Visitors Personal Gallery Pages

Please see and enjoy the following collection of personal galleries. We all believe you will have a lot of fun. Observing others’ artwork is always, always very inspirational. You may get some new ideas for your own drawings.

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Scenery Drawings by Phil Edmondson

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Portrait Drawings by Stacey

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Manga Sketches by Paul Rowan

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Cute Little Sketches by Gwen

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Various Sketches by Amanda

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Fantasy Drawings by Melissa

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Cartoon Drawings by Dipanjan Dey

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Cartoon Drawings by Dhrubo2002

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Ballpen Drawings by Shehbaaz Baurtally

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Emma Adams Cartoon Sketches Gallery

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Sonali Ghosh Illustrations Gallery

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