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How to Draw a Comet

Easy, step by step Comet drawing tutorial
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A comet is an object made of rock and ice that orbits the Sun. When the comet's orbit brings it close to the Sun, it undergoes a process known as sublimation - its particles go directly from the solid state to a gaseous state, creating a magnificent tail.

Scientists like to study comets because they are moving time capsules, leftover from the clouds of dust and gas from which the Sun and its planets formed. In 2020, the comet NEOWISE delighted professional and amateur astronomers with one of the brightest cometary shows in years. Some comets require telescopes for viewing, while others can be seen with the aid of binoculars or the naked eye.

Comets have long been objects of superstition. In many cultures, they have been seen as "omens of doom and world-altering change." American author Mark Twain was born while Halley's Comet was visible, and he correctly stated that he'd "go out with the comet" - he died while the comet was visible once again. Comets have, not surprisingly, inspired science fiction, including the films Deep Impact and Armageddon.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon comet streaking through the night sky? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Galaxy, Space and Planets, and Saturn.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Comet

Comet drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Comet Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a circular shape. Note that it is not a perfect circle - it's elongated on one end. This forms the icy core of the comet.

Comet drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Comet Step 02

2. Enclose a few irregular shapes of various sizes within the body of the comet. These texture the icy rock.

Comet drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Comet Step 03

3. Draw a semi-circular curved line around the front of the comet. This indicates the coma, a halo of ice, rock, and gas that surrounds the comet's nucleus. Draw a curved line on each end of the coma, forming a sharp point. Draw a curved line on the leading edge of the comet's nucleus. Use short lines to draw jagged edges at its end, and connect these using a curved line.

Comet drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Comet Step 04

4. From one side of the coma, extend a curved line. Continue with a series of curved lines of various lengths, with each pair meeting at a sharp, jagged point. This begins the comet's tail.

Did you know? Real comets actually have two tails, one of dust and the other of gas ions. The dust tail is the brighter of the two, as depicted here.

Comet drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Comet Step 05

5. Extend a series of curved lines from the other side of the coma, again bringing them together in sharp points.

Comet drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Comet Step 06

6. Continue the series of curved lines that meet at jagged points. Ultimately, this series should connect the two sides of the comet's tail, completely enclosing it.

Comet drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Comet Step 07

7. Draw several curved lines that meet at points at the trailing edge of the comet nucleus. On each side of the tail, use long curved lines to enclose a double-pointed curved shape.

Comet drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Comet Step 08

8. Draw curved lines within the comet's tail, allowing them to meet at jagged points. They should resemble the flames of a fire.

Comet drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Comet Step 09

9. Place your comet in the night sky by drawing stars all around it. Use straight lines to enclose eight-pointed stars of various sizes.

Complete Comet drawing

Color your cartoon comet. As seen from earth, most comets appear as a small white starlike object with a bluish-white tail. In popular culture, they are often shaded yellow, orange, and red, like fiery meteorites entering the Earth's atmosphere.

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How to draw: Comet - all drawing steps
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