Learn how to draw a great looking Meteor with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Meteor.
That's not the sky falling - it's a shooting star! Are you an avid stargazer, or are you learning about the solar system in school? Whether as a school science project or just for fun, you can learn how to draw a meteor.
An asteroid is a space rock - it can be made of stone, iron, or ice and of many sizes. Small asteroids are called meteoroids.
The term “meteor” describes the light emitted from an asteroid or meteoroid as it burns up in the atmosphere; an abundance of meteors is known as a meteor shower.
Though we often call them "shooting stars," meteors aren't stars at all.
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The meteorite is the rock that survives the Earth’s atmosphere and makes it to the ground. Meteorites can be the size of a pebble or a house.
Meteorites are sought after by scientists and collectors, making them very valuable. Large meteors can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What about a comet? Comets are bodies of ice and dust that leave a long trail of debris behind them.
They may resemble slow-moving meteors, but they differ in that they are far out in space. They never enter Earth’s atmosphere.
So, do you have all that vocabulary and terminology down? Consider two more meteor terms.
A bolide is an asteroid that explodes when it reaches Earth’s atmosphere, and a fireball is any meteor with a brightness greater than the planet Venus.
Sharpen your pencils and let's explore outer space with this meteor drawing guide!
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Meteor
How to Draw a Great Looking Meteor for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin by enclosing an irregular round shape. This outlines the surface of the meteor.
Easy Meteor Drawing - Step 2
2. Draw ovals and “C” shaped lines of different sizes on the surface of the meteor. These indicate the presence of craters.
Easy Meteor Drawing - Step 3
3. Begin drawing the heat and flames created by friction with Earth’s atmosphere. Use curved lines that meet at a jagged point.
Easy Meteor Drawing - Step 4
4. Draw more flames, using long and short curved lines that meet at a jagged point.
Easy Meteor Drawing - Step 5
5. Continue to draw flames emanating from the meteor. Use curved lines that meet at jagged points.
Easy Meteor Drawing - Step 6
6. Continue to draw flames around the meteor. Use curved lines that meet at jagged points.
Easy Meteor Drawing - Step 7
7. Draw the trail of flames as the meteor streaks through the sky. Use long curved lines that meet at points.
Add More Details to Your Meteor Picture - Step 8
8. Complete the flaming “tail” of the meteor with a final set of curved lines that meet at a point. Then, texture the flames near the asteroid with pointed curved lines.
Complete the Outline of Your Meteor Drawing - Step 9
9. Continue to texture the flaming tail. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points.
Color Your Meteor Drawing
Color your cartoon meteor. The chemical composition of the meteor - what it is made of - can determine its appearance as it burns up in the atmosphere. Common colors of the flaming tail include orange, green, and white.
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