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How to Draw Mars

Easy, step by step Mars drawing tutorial
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“We are all… children of this universe. Not just Earth, or Mars, or this system, but the whole grand fireworks. And if we are interested in Mars at all, it is only because we wonder over our past and worry terribly about our possible future.”
— Ray Bradbury, "Mars and the Mind of Man"

In our solar system, Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. It is, in many ways, similar to our own planet. Mars has clouds, wind, ice caps, canyons, volcanoes, and 24-hour days. One year on Mars lasts about 687 Earth days, twice the length of our own year. Because water (in the form of ice) is present on Mars, it is considered the most likely candidate for hosting life - human or indigenous - beyond the earth.

Mars was named for the Roman god of war. Its moons are named after Mars' sons Phobos and Deimos, whose names mean "fear" and "terror," respectively.

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Did you know? You can see Mars, for the planet is often visible to the naked eye. It appears small and star-like with a reddish hue. With a telescope, the clouds and surface of the planet can be observed.

It has been said that Mars is the first planet to be inhabited entirely by robots. Many unmanned and robotic missions have been sent to explore the surface of the planet.

Mars has long played a role in popular culture. In ancient times, some people believed that its presence in the sky heralded negative events on Earth. During the past 100 years, it has often been the subject of science fiction. Examples include H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds and books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, and others. Aliens are often referred to as Martians.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of the planet Mars? This easy, step-by-step cartoon planet drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, 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: Saturn, Space and Planets, and Moon.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Mars

Mars drawing - step 1
How to Draw Mars Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a circle. Erase portions of the circle and replace them with oddly bulging curved lines. This outlines craters on the planet’s surface.

Mars drawing - step 2
How to Draw Mars Step 02

2. Draw another crater. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch a round shape. Make another round layer around these lines, and another. Draw short curved lines descending from the crater.

Mars drawing - step 3
How to Draw Mars Step 03

3. Draw a second crater. Again, draw layers of curved lines to outline an irregular rounded shape. Draw short lines outside the crater. Notice that these lines run in the opposite direction from the other crater.

Mars drawing - step 4
How to Draw Mars Step 04

4. Draw several smaller, simpler craters, with two curved lines outlining the round depressions. Draw short lines descending from some of these craters. Fill in one of the craters on the planet’s outline in this manner.

Mars drawing - step 5
How to Draw Mars Step 05

5. Enclose irregular shapes and draw wavy, curved lines across the planet’s surface. This adds texture to the planet.

Mars drawing - step 6
How to Draw Mars Step 06

6. Draw more round shapes and curved lines across the surface of the planet.

Mars drawing - step 7
How to Draw Mars Step 07

7. Detail one of the craters on the planet’s outline. Then, draw wavy lines around it.

Mars drawing - step 8
How to Draw Mars Step 08

8. Draw more wavy lines and round objects to texture the surface.

Mars drawing - step 9
How to Draw Mars Step 09

9. Fill in the remaining areas of the planet with ovals and lines.

Complete Mars drawing
How to Draw Mars Step 10

Color the planet Mars. Mars is aptly known as "the Red Planet" due to its rusty red coloration.

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How to draw: Mars - all drawing steps
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