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Uploaded: April 13, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 20
Updated: April 13, 2012
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This is a tutorial on how to draw the Earth's moon, Luna. I've drawn the Moon in a couple of tutorials before but never in much detail. This tutorial should help you draw moons that are more than just white circles in the night sky.

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How to Draw the Moon

how to draw the moon step 1

STEP 1.

It is very important when drawing the Moon to have a basic idea of the major landmark. The dark areas of the Moon are called "maria" plural or "mare" singular. I've gone ahead an highlighted a few of the main ones in blue. The areas highlighted in orange are craters. There are plenty of craters and maria on the Moon but these five should help you draw a more true to life Moon.
 
how to draw the moon step 2

STEP 2.

Start out by picking your materials. I used a 9B pencil for my dark shading but any B pencil should work. An H pencil was used for light shading. I also used a compass to draw my initial circle. If you don't have a compass use something like a round can to trace a circle onto paper.
 
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STEP 3.

Start of by drawing a circle in the center of your paper. Draw it lightly.
 
how to draw the moon step 4

STEP 4.

Use a 9B pencil to roughly shade over the sky.
 
how to draw the moon step 5

STEP 5.

Blend in your shading using a paper towel or cloth.
 
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STEP 6.

Roughly shade another layer onto the sky using the same pencil.
 
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STEP 7.

Blend in your shading using a paper towel or cloth.
 
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STEP 8.

Use the same paper towel or cloth from the previous steps and blend the remaining graphite onto the Moon. Then take an eraser and roughly divide the Moon into quadrants.
 
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STEP 9.

Use the 9B pencil to start sketching the landmasses in quadrant by quadrant.
 
how to draw the moon step 10

STEP 10.

Continue sketching in. Build up your Moon's outline as you move along.
 
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STEP 11.

Sketch in the rest of the masses.
 
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STEP 12.

Lightly shade in the maria (dark spots) using a 9B again.
 
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STEP 13.

Build up the sky shading using a 9B pencil. Do not use a blending stump to smooth your shading anymore. Rely on crosshatching to make your shading even. Use an H pencil to outline the landmasses in more detail.
 
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STEP 14.

Smooth out your background sky shading with a 9B pencil. Make sure your outline is crisp and clean. Use an H pencil to shade in details on the Moon. Shade lightly on the light spots and with more pressure on the mares. Try to make your shading rough so that it emulates the moon's texture. Refer to the picture with the main features highlighted if you need help making sense of things.
 
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STEP 15.

Shade in the background for the next quadrant and define the landmasses.
 
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STEP 16.

Shade in the rest of the quadrant.
 
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STEP 17.

Start work on Tycho's quadrant. Erase in rays spreading out from the Tycho crater when you define the land masses.
 
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STEP 18.

Shade in this quadrant with an H pencil on the moon and a 9B pencil on the sky again.
 
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STEP 19.

Build up the shading on the final piece of sky and define the rest of the land masses.
 
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STEP 20.

Finish up your Moon by shading the rest of the sky and adding final details to the Lunar surface. Compare your drawing with the first reference drawing to make sure that you have the main landmarks in about the right positions. Comments and questions are more than welcome!