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How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape

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"A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam." - Frederik Pohl, American science fiction writer

If you're a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, or other outer space-themed science fiction stories, you well know the dangers of landing on an alien world!

You can learn how to draw a sci-fi landscape to create your own cartoons or comics.

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Science fiction is a relatively new genre that speculates on the effects of real and imagined technologies and discoveries.

It was born from the fantasy and horror stories of the past. Stories often involve space and time travel, robots, and aliens.

Some ancient mythologies involved science fiction elements, such as voyages to the moon.

These themes, along with expanding mechanical technologies, were again explored during the 1600s through the 1800s.

Then, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, science fiction became well-established by authors such as Mary Shelly, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells.

Who are your favorite science fiction characters? You can learn how to draw them all, from Star Wars villains and droids to anime characters, Marvel and D.C. superheroes, and more. You can even create your own!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Alien, Spaceship, and Space Shuttle.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Sci-Fi Landscape

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a crater and a crystal. Use curved lines to contour the crater, and for the crystals, draw several elongate hexagonal shapes.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 02

2. Begin sketching the rocket ship. Use curved lines to enclose the oval-shaped fuselage and cockpit. Band the cockpit with curved lines, and enclose a half-circle shape on the side using a "U" shaped line. Contour the crystals with branching straight lines, and draw short curved lines at their base.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 03

3. Complete the rocket ship. Draw triangular tail fins and landing gears. Draw a teardrop shape at the tip of each. Draw a curved line across the "U" shaped doorway, and several curved lines at the back of the fuselage to indicate the engine.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 4
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4. Next, draw a lifeform - is he alien or human? Draw a circle for the helmet-enclosed head, and use curved lines to enclose the irregular shapes of the backpack, shoulder, and hoses.

Draw a curved line across the helmet to form the visor, and another with a shaded circle at its top to indicate an antenna. Use a long curved line, doubled back upon itself, to enclose the stairs emerging from the doorway. Band the shape with curved lines.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 05

5. Complete the astronaut's body, using curved lines to outline the torso, arms, and legs. Band the pack, wrist, and ankles with curved lines. Use long, overlapping curved lines to draw another rock formation.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 06

6. Continue to draw irregularly shaped rock formations, contouring the surfaces with additional curved lines.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 07

7. Draw another large crater, bubbling with space goo. Use overlapping curved lines to outline the roughly oval shape and to contour the rough rocky sides. Draw irregular oval shapes to indicate bubbles in the goo.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 08

8. Draw a long curved line across the horizon, indicating the curvature of the planet or moon. Then, use curved lines to draw more craters and rock formations, and to contour the ground.

Sci-Fi Landscape drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 09

9. Draw a Saturn-like ringed planet rising. Draw an incomplete circle, and complete the rings using a pair of curved lines. Band the planet and the rings with additional curved lines.

Complete Sci-Fi Landscape drawing
How to Draw a Sci-Fi Landscape Step 10

Color your outer space cartoon.

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