How to Draw the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

Learn how to draw a great looking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

How to Draw a Great Looking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the Northern Lights outline by drawing an evergreen tree. Use pairs of curved lines that meet at jagged points to outline the branches of the tree. You can learn more about how to draw a spruce tree here.

Easy Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing - Step 2

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Finish your first pine tree, then draw another, again using pairs of curved lines that meet at sharp points. From between the trees, extend a long curved line. From it, draw another. These are the rolling hills.

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Easy Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing - Step 3

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Draw another pine tree and the evergreen tree line in the distance. use pairs of curved lines that meet at jagged points.

Easy Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing - Step 4

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Draw a wavy line above the trees, outlining a distant mountain range. Then, begin drawing the aurora in the s

Easy Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing - Step 5

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Continue the second line, extending it to the opposite side of the page. Then draw a third wavy line.

Next, give the auroras a jagged appearance. Draw pairs of lines that meet at jagged points in a series on top of the first wavy line.

Easy Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing - Step 6

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw the flame-like jagged lines along the tops of each section of the first line, then get started on the second line.

Easy Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing - Step 7

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Continue drawing the jagged lines along the top edge of the second line, and then the third line.

Add More Details to Your Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Picture - Step 8

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw a shorter second layer of jagged lines along the auroras.

Complete the Outline of Your Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing - Step 9

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Continue to draw the second set of jagged lines along each wavy line of the auroras. Draw some teardrop shapes here and there as well.

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Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Your Northern Lights outline is now complete. Color your scene. The auroras themselves are usually green, blue, pink, and purple in color.

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Learn More About The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Drawing

Have you ever seen eerie ribbons of green or purple light dancing across the night sky? If so, it was probably the aurora borealis, also called the Northern Lights.

As you can see in our illustration, the Northern Lights look like flowing rivers of light in the sky. They are usually only visible in the far north - places like Alaska, Canada, Iceland, or Russia.

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Are the Northern Lights magical? They may look that way, but they are actually caused by emissions from the sun interacting with Earth's atmosphere. It's science!

The Northern Lights famously featured in the animated film Balto. You can relive the scene when you add this wolf howling drawing to your picture.

For more easy and fun guides, see the How to Draw Mount Everest or Yellowstone Drawing tutorials.

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