Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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!
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