How to Draw a Rocket Ship

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"And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."
-"The Star-Spangled Banner"

Rockets have long been staples of both science fiction and real science. Types of rockets include fireworks, missiles, and vehicles used in spaceflight.

The first rockets were invented in China by at least the 1200s. They were fueled by gunpowder and were used by the military. Within a hundred years, they were also used in the Middle East and Europe. Francis Scott Key famously referred to rockets used in war in the song "The Star-Spangled Banner," the national anthem of the United States.

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Modern rockets were first invented in 1926. Techniques were improved during World War II, and by the 1960s, rockets were used to carry people outside the Earth's atmosphere.

Since that time, rockets have ignited the imagination and played a major role in literature and film. Television series such as Star Trek, movies like Star Wars, and the writing of authors such as Anne McCaffrey have entertained with starship voyages beyond the stars.

Did you know? The word rocket comes from the Italian word rochetto, meaning "bobbin." A bobbin is a cylinder or spool around which sewing threat is wound.

Would you like to draw a rocket ship? This easy, step-by-step, out-of-this-world drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Rocket Chain

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line. This will form one side of the rocket ship.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 2

2. Draw another curved line mirroring the first. They should meet in a gentle curve on the top end, but they should not connect on the bottom end. This outlines the body, or fuselage, of the rocket.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 3

3. Enclose the open end of the rocket using a pair of straight lines.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 4

4. Band the nose cone with two pairs of curved parallel lines.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 5

5. Draw portholes, or small windows, along the side of the rocket. To do so, draw several circles of different sizes.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 6

6. Draw the rocket's fin. First, draw a straight line from the tail of the rocket to its middle. Then, draw curved lines downward from each end of the straight line. Allow the curved lines to meet at a gentle point.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 7

7. Erase guide lines from the fin.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 8

8. Draw the rocket's second fin. To do so, extend two curved lines from the top side of the rocket - one emerging from the middle of the ship, the other from its base. Allow the lines to meet at a gentle point.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 9

9. Draw the flames, called exhaust, coming from the rocket's nozzle, or base. Use a series of short curved lines that meet in jagged points to draw a rounded triangular shape. Then, use another series of lines to draw a second layer. Finally, draw the third layer of the exhaust, allowing it to end at a point.

How to Draw Rocket Ship: Step 10

Color your rocket. Rockets such as the one in this drawing guide were popular illustrations during the 1950s and 1960s. Some were silver in color, while others had bright red, blue, or other colored markings.

Need more space? Check out our manmade objects drawing guides, where you'll find more cool tech like a jet plane, a UFO, and a robot. Then, set the scene with galaxies, the planet earth, and the moon. You can even populate your drawing with slimey aliens!

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