how to draw a crescent moon
Step 5. How to Draw a Crescent Moon
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Uploaded: February 19, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: February 19, 2011
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Now that I submitted that one cool lesson for the day, I will move forward and fill some other requests made by members and visitors of Next, I will be teaching you "how to draw a crescent moon", step by step. The crescent shaped moon design I drew has a face on it, with a nice cozy looking wispy cloud hugging it’s face. What is a crescent moon though? Well, that’s easy enough to explain. A moon displaying a crescent shape is called a moon phase. There is eight different moon phases, and with each one comes it’s own name and meaning. For example; when the moon is at its darkest point it is called a new moon’. This happens when the unilluminated side of the moon is facing the earth. When the moon looks to be less than one half illuminate, it is called a ‘waxing crescent’. A ‘first quarter’ moon is when exactly one half of the moon is lite by light directly from the sun. Before a full moon comes to pass, it must first go through the ‘waxing gibbous’ phase which is when the moon is light by more than half of the sun’s light. Next is the ‘full moon’, and even though we believe this is the time that werewolves are born, it’s actually a phase of when the moon is completely lite up by the sunlight. This also means that the earth, sun, and moon are just a hairline away from being in a straight line with one another. After the full moon passes, the next phase is called the ‘waning gibbous’. I know it’s sounds much like the waxing gibbous phase, and in some way it is. During this phase the moon is starting to loose light instead of gain light light. ‘Last quarter’ is when one half of the moon is without the suns light, this is also sometimes called third quarter as well. Finally, there is the ‘waning crescent’ this phase of the moon can be seen after the last quarter moon, and before the new moon. The phases of a moon is almost like a recycling clock. The only difference, is when the moon is being exposed to light, and having light drawn away. I guess you’ll have to read more on this subject if you are intrigued with the eight different stages of the moons phase. Nonetheless, I hope you like learning "how to draw a crescent moon, step by step. I will be back with more drawing fun.