How to Draw Space and Planets

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“Space, the final frontier…”
Star Trek

Space exploration has long been of interest to both the scientific and science fiction communities. Since ancient times, astronomers have looked to the heavens and tried to understand their observations.

During the 1600s, Isaac Newton invented the reflecting telescope, which allowed scientists to get their first up-close glimpses of what lay among the stars.

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What they saw amazed them. Finally, scientists could explain the movements of the planets in the solar system. Further advances allowed them to expand their research farther into space. Not only were there other stars and planets, but entire galaxies – groups of stars and gases orbiting around a central point.

Science fiction added imaginative aspects to space exploration, namely that of people traveling long distances across the universe. Since the 1960s, space-themed television shows and movies, including Star Trek and Star Wars have been extremely popular.

Would you like to draw outer space, complete with galaxies and planets? This easy, step-by-step astronomical 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.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Earth, Moon, and Galaxy.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ Space and Planets

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form your first planet.

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 2

2. Draw an oval passing through the planet. Then, draw a smaller oval inside the first. This will form the planet’s rings, like those of Saturn.

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 3

3. Erase the guide lines from the planet’s rings.

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 4

4. Draw a second circle. This will form a second planet.

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How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 5

5. Draw wavy lines criss crossing around each other on the planet’s surface. Notice the small oval on one side of the planet. This is a gas giant like Jupiter, full of raging storms. The oval is the largest hurricane in the known universe. It has been storming there since at least 1830 – that’s about 200 years.

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 6

6. Draw a series of curved lines of different lengths emerging from a central point in the shape of a spiral. Add dots as well. This forms a spiral galaxy.

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 7

7. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to draw a rounded shape. This will form an irregular planet or moon.

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 8

8. Detail the moon with spiral shapes, curved lines, and dots.

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How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 9

9. Draw an oval. Then, draw curved lines in a circle around it. This forms another spiral galaxy. Then, draw a sky full of five-pointed stars.

How to Draw Space and Planets: Step 10

Color the universe you’ve just created. The background of such a starry sky is typically dark, in blue or black. The planets, stars, and galaxies can display a range of stunning colors.

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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