March 16, 2022 3 min read
St. Patrick’s Day is now associated with wearing green, parades and beer, the holiday is grounded in history that dates back more than 1,500 years. The earliest known celebrations were held in the 17th century on March 17, marking the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick in the 5th century. Learn more about the holiday’s history and how it evolved into the event it is today.
1. 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.
2. The Irish Were Once Scorned in America - While Irish Americans are now proud to showcase their heritage, the Irish were not always celebrated by fellow Americans. Beginning in 1845, a devastating potato blight caused widespread hunger throughout Ireland.
3. The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade Was Held in America - While people in Ireland had celebrated St. Patrick since the 1600s, the tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America and actually predates the founding of the United States.
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 symbolized the arrival of spring.
5. Leprechauns Are Likely Based on Celtic Fairies - The red-haired, green-clothed Leprechaun is commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”
In this tutorial we used the following supplies:
Step 1. We start drawing the guidelines to have the basic shape of the drawing. (Pencil B)
Step 2. Based on the construction lines, draw the shape of the ribbon at the top, and the branch at the bottom. Now we add auxiliary lines for the dog. (Pencil B)
Step 3. Next step based construction lines, draw the figure of the dog. Add connecting lines between the branch and the ribbon. (Pencil B)
Step 4. We remove all the construction lines and draw the details. such as: clover, balls, inscription and texture of the tree. (Pencil B)
Step 5. With the use of green and brown colored pencils, we make the general tone of the branch, dog, hat and clover. (Colored pencils brown, green)
Step 6. Start on the detailed coloring on the elements, Using green and brown. Intensify the colors using dark green for the shadows. and for the darker shade of shadows use black, for both brown and green use yellow for the highlight's. (Colored pencils green, brown, black, yellow, dark green)
Step 7. On this step shade the general tone of the remaining elements. For ribbon we use blue, and for balloons green, yellow and pink. (Colored pencils blue, pink, yellow, green)
Step 8. Last step is to work on the remaining elements. We strengthen all colors, and then add shadows on blue using dark blue. And use burgundy for the pink elements, on green dark green, on yellow orange, we also make light on the balls yellow. (Colored pencils blue, pink, yellow, green, blue, burgundy, orange, dark green)
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