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September 12, 2023

How to Draw a Cross

A cross is a geometrical shape made up of intersecting short horizontal lines and long vertical lines. It’s a form that is particularly associated with Christianity, representing Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and the redemptive blessings of his passion and death. While drawing a cross may seem simple, it requires a lot of focus and concentration to draw it proportionally. It also requires the use of a ruler as it is primarily made up of straight lines.

The first thing you’ll want to do when drawing a cross is to sketch out the outline of it. Start with a horizontal line in the upper middle portion of your paper, then from the left end of that line extend a vertical line to the right side of the paper. Make sure all three of these lines have the same length.

From the right end of the vertical line drawn in step 1, draw a mirror image L shaped line that extends downward and towards the left. Connect the ends of this line with the horizontal line drawn in step 1 to complete your basic cross shape.

Next, we’ll begin working on the details of our cross. For this, we’ll draw curved lines across the horizontal rectangle to give it a wooden texture and add some shading as well. Similarly, we’ll add some curved lines on both sides of the vertical rectangle and shade it. Finally, we’ll add some more curved lines to the cross’s head and highlight them with lighter shades.