How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars

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“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”
– Obi-wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

BB-8, also called Beebee-Ate, is a BB-series astromech droid. Astromech droids accompany pilots in their starfighters, often acting as navigators and mechanics. BB-8 belongs to Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. BB-8 is intelligent and able to move quickly by rolling his round body.

After a crash landing on Jakku, BB-8 encounters the young scavenger Rey. Like his predecessor R2-D2 before him, BB-8 is stranded on a desert planet with secret information important to the resistance. When Rey and BB-8 team up with the former TIE fighter pilot Fin, adventure awaits.

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Did you know? According to Dictionary.com, the word origin for the word “droid” is “1977, short for android.” Since the first Star Wars movie debuted in that same year, it seems the likely source. In the Star Wars universe, droids come in many shapes and sizes. BB-series droids were invented sometime after the Battle of Endor witnessed in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Would you like to draw your own astromech droid? This easy, step-by-step Star Wars drawing tutorial is here to show you how. Simply use the Force and your favorite pen, pencil, marker, or crayon. You may also wish to color your finished droid.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing BB-8 from Star Wars

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a half circle. Connect the ends using a curved line. Draw two curved lines at the top of the half circle. This forms BB-8’s head.

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 2

2. Draw a curved line parallel to the bottom of the semi-circle, and connect them on the ends. Then, draw diagonal lines from the sides of the semi-circle. Connect them using a curved line, forming the droid’s neck.

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 3

3. Draw a large circle attached to the droid’s neck. This forms BB-8’s round body.

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 4

4. Draw straight lines extending from the top of the head. Then, draw small triangles or rectangles at their tip. This indicates BB-8’s antennae.

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How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 5

5. Draw a circle within a circle on the body of the droid. This is BB-8’s utility interface, a panel from which he can extend robotic arms and other tools. Draw four trapezoids on the edges of the interior circle. Then draw a keyhole shape – a circle with a rectangle extending from one side – in the middle. Cross the keyhole’s circle with a straight line, and draw a half circle to one side of it. Draw curved rectangles surrounding the keyhole.

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 6

6. Draw pairs of curved lines on four sides of BB-8’s body, enclosing half circle shapes. Then, draw a line from each of the half circles to the utility interface. Draw small circles on each side of these lines.

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 7

7. Detail BB-8’s face. Draw lines between the semicircles on top of his head. Draw three circles to indicate his photoreceptors and holographic unit – what appear to be his “eyes.” Draw rectangular and rounded shapes around the circles.

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 8

8. Continue to add detail to the face. Draw several rectangles, squares, and circles on the head.

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How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 9

9. Detail the face and body. Draw circles and ovals within the photoreceptors, and additional rectangles on the face. Draw lines, rectangles, and other pointed shapes on the interfaces.

How to Draw BB-8 from Star Wars: Step 10

Color BB-8. He is orange, white, and grey.

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