March 17, 2021 4 min read

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Saint Patrick's Day, feast day of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnaped at the age of 16 and required to return to Ireland as a servant. He left but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established schools, churches, and monasteries. Ireland came to celebrate his day with spiritual services and feast. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on every March 17.


Interesting Facts about St. Patrick:


1. The Real St. Patrick Was Born in Britain

Much of what is known about St. Patrick's life has actually been linked with folklore and legend. Historians generally think that St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Britain (not Ireland) near the completion of the 4th century. At age 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a servant to a Celtic priest in Northern Ireland. After toiling for six years as a shepherd, he escaped back to Britain. He ultimately returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.


2. There Were No Snakes Around for St. Patrick to Banish from Ireland

Amongst the legends associated with St. Patrick is that he stood atop an Irish hillside and killed snakes from Ireland-- triggering all snakes to crawl away into the sea. And water has actually surrounded Ireland given that the last glacial duration.


3. Leprechauns Are Likely Based on Celtic Fairies

The red-haired, green-clothed Leprechaun is frequently connected with St. Patrick's Day. The initial Irish name for these folklore figures is "lobaircin," indicating "small-bodied fellow." Belief in leprechauns likely originates from Celtic belief in fairies-- tiny males and females who could utilize their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls responsible for fixing the shoes of the other fairies.


4. The Shamrock Was Considered a Sacred Plant

The shamrock, a three-leaf clover, has been associated with Ireland for centuries. It was called the "seamroy" by the Celts and was considered a sacred plant that symbolizes spring arrival. According to legend, St. Patrick used the plant as a visual guide when explaining the Holy Trinity. By the 17th century, the shamrock had actually become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism.


5. Corned Beef and Cabbage Was an American Innovation

The meal that became a St. Patrick’s Day staple across the country—corned beef and cabbage—was an American innovation. While ham and cabbage were eaten in Ireland, corned beef offered a cheaper substitute for impoverished immigrants. Irish-Americans living in theslums of lower Manhattan in the late 19th century and early 20th, purchased leftover corned beef from ships returning from the tea trade inChina. The Irish would boil the beef three times—the last time with cabbage—to remove some of the brine.


Let's Draw ‘St. Patrick’ Step by Step


In this tutorial we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil B 
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils
    • green
    • black
    • burgundy
    • orange
    • brown
    • yellow
    • nude
    • light green
    • dark green
    • ocher
    • red
    • dark brown
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Step 1. The first step is to draw a middle line, and we will use it to base the height. (Pencil B)


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Step 2. With the help of a circle, we outline the head, and with the help of lines, we outline the direction of the arms and legs. (Pencil B) 


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Step 3. We outline the palms and boots with circles and draw a cylinder on top. (Pencil B) 


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Step 4. Draw the face and beard, add details to the cylinder, and use a circle to outline the future pot of coins near the left hand. (Pencil B)


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Step 5. Draw arms and legs, as well as clothes and shoes. (Pencil B)


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Step 6. Draw a pot of coins, palms, and a cane and add details to the clothes. (Pencil B)


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Step 7. Remove all unnecessary construction lines and leave only the outline and slightly remove the tone with the help of an eraser. (Eraser)



Step 8. Draw a circle around the existing path with colored pencils. We use green for the top hat and clothes, orange for the beard and eyebrows, flesh for the ears and palms, black for the pot, shoes, eyes, and belt. Burgundy for the mouth, nose, and blush. Yellow for the coins and buckles, and brown for the cane. (Colored pencils green, black, burgundy, orange, brown, yellow, nude)


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Step 9. The next step is to add a general tone for all parts. We use green for the top hat and suit, and light green for the shirt, orange for the beard and eyebrows, nude for the ears and palms, black for the pot, shoes, eyes, and belt, burgundy for the mouth, nose, and blush, yellow for coins and buckles, and canes brown (Colored pencils green, black, burgundy, orange, brown, yellow, nude, light green)


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Step 10. We turn to the elaboration of the clothes. We will use dark green and light ones, lime and yellow, for the suit and top hat's shadows. Strengthen with black to enhance the color of the straps and boots. In green, we draw stripes on the socks, and with the help of ochre, we make shadows on the buckles. (Colored pencils dark green, light green, yellow, ocher, black, green)


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Step 11. We work on the face, ears, and palms using nude color and make the shadows burgundy and ocher. Draw the beard in orange and add shadows in red. We enhance the color of the pot with black and use yellow and ochre for the coins. With the help of brown, we enhance the color of the cane, and with dark brown, we draw cracks and add a shadow at the bottom with it. (Colored pencils orange, black, yellow, red, ocher, nude, brown, dark brown)


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And There You Have It!

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