The solar system that we live in is truly mind-boggling. Spanning many light-years and containing 8 distinct planets, there is no shortage of wonder and awe to observe in this incredible solar system.
With all this planet variety it can be a bit of a challenge to learn how to draw the solar system, unless you know what to do!
Luckily, you’re on the right guide if you want to know how it’s done!
This step-by-step guide on how to draw the solar system will provide you with plenty of out-of-this-world drawing fun!
How to Draw The Solar System – Let’s Get Started!
The sun is the center of our universe, but for this guide on how to draw the solar system it will be drawn on the side of the picture.
This will be so that we can show off the planets later on in the guide. To begin, start off with a curved line in the corner of the picture.
Once you have drawn this round line, you can then draw a jagged, pointy line along the perimeter of it with lots of points on it for the rays of the sun.
With that done, it’s time for step 2 of the guide!
Step 2 – Next, draw the first three planets of the solar system
With the sun drawn, we can now start on the first planets of the solar system. For now, we will be drawing the first three planets.
When drawing these planets we will be using some perfect circles which can be a bit challenging to do freehand.
There are a few tools that you can use to make it easier on yourself. The best tool to use is a drawing compass, as this allows you to easily draw some perfect circles using your pen or pencil.
Once you have drawn these three planets as they appear in the reference image, you can draw the details for Earth by drawing some visible continents.
Step 3 – Draw two more planets for the solar system
We will be adding two more planets in this part of our guide on how to draw a solar system. First, you can draw one more fairly small circle for the next planet.
The planet after that will be Saturn, and this planet looks a bit different due to the large ring circling it.
Simply draw a large circle with two gaps on the side, and then finish it off with the rings using some rounded lines. Once it looks like our reference image then it’s on to part 4!
Step 4 – Now, draw another planet along with some more detail
This part of your solar system drawing will be about adding one more planet along with some details for the other ones. First, we will draw Jupiter.
This will be the largest of all the circles, seeing as it’s the largest planet in our solar system. Once the circle is drawn, you can then draw some line details onto the planet to give it some surface detail.
Before moving on, you can also add some dot detailing to the two nearest planets. Once these aspects are complete, we have a few final details to add in the next step of the guide.
Step 5 – Finish off the final details of your solar system drawing
To conclude this guide on how to draw the solar system, before you start adding some color to your artwork we need to add three more planets to the image.
Two of these will be fairly large, with one having another ring around it. Finally, we will finish off with one more small circle.
It’s generally considered that Pluto isn’t classified as a true planet, but it’s still part of our solar system regardless.
You can finish off by adding some line details to the other planet you drew, and then you’re ready for the final step!
There are some fun extra details that you could add before moving on to the final part, however. You could change some of the details while adding or removing certain planets to create your own unique solar system.
You could also add some smaller details such as stars or even creative ones like flying alien spaceships.
These are just a few ideas that you could try out, but what else can you think of to finish this solar system drawing off?
Step 6 – Finish off your solar system drawing with some color
The various planets in the solar system are all distinct in how they look as well as their coloring. We will finish off your solar system drawing by adding these colors now.
In our reference image, we have shown you the colors you can use for a more accurate look. You don’t have to keep it accurate, though! If you prefer, you could also use some of your own color choices for the various planets instead.
Once you have chosen the colors you would like to use, you can also have fun picking which art mediums and tools you will use to bring them to life.
One fun idea would be to do a wash of black paint for the background while using brighter mediums for the planets themselves.
We will be very curious to see how you choose to finish off your solar system drawing!
Bonus: Capture The Wonder Of Our Universe With These Tips!
Do you ever sit and just think about how vast and incredible our universe is? It’s hard not to, and you can’t help but wonder what the universe has for us to discover.
It’s something that is perfect for us to use our imaginations on, and you could do so for this drawing of the solar system. There are so many ways you could make the drawing match the majesty of our solar system.
For example, we will focus on the stars in the background. This is a detail we can see from our planet, as we can behold millions of twinkling stars in the sky.
You could portray the stars in a few ways, and these could include using some mediums with thin tips like a yellow colored pen. This would make the stars stand out on a dark background.
If you want the stars to twinkle, then you could use some glitter or blobs of golden glitter glue to make them really shine. If you go to some art stores, you can even find glow in the dark paint.
This would be perfect for the planets and other details in the drawing. You could also use crafts like beads and stickers to add more dynamic details and textures to the image.
Anything that will make the colors and details better is a good idea, so don’t be afraid to get creative with it, as you never know what you may end up with if you let your creativity run wild!
We’ve given you a few ideas for some unconventional mediums and crafts, so now we want to know which you can think of that we didn’t mention.
Whatever you use, we would love to see how it turns out!
3 More tips to make your solar system drawing easy!
Create an out-of-this-world artwork as we make this easy to draw solar system even easier!
There are lots of planets and other celestial bodies in this solar system drawing. That means you will be drawing lots of circles, and these can be difficult to draw free-hand.
Luckily, you have lots of options for how you can make this easier! One of the best tools you can use is a drawing compass.
If you don’t have one of these handy, you may want to use some everyday objects to trace around.
You could even use some coins to trace around, and these would give you various sizes to work with.
Another way you can make this solar system easy to draw is by simplifying some of the details. Drawings often look better with more details, but they can also make it much harder to draw.
Removing some details will not make the drawing look worse, just different. So if you think that it would help then you should definitely go for it!
The details you remove or keep would entirely depend on you. It would depend on what would make it easier for you and also how much detail you’re willing to sacrifice.
Once you have removed any details, you could also add new ones to compensate. It’s all about figuring out what will make it easier for you to do!
There are tons of diagrams and drawings of our solar system that are very easy for you to access. These could help a lot when creating this drawing of a solar system!
When it comes to finding pictures of the solar system, you can find diagrams online, in books about space and many other places. You could even possibly find a cheap model of the solar system to use!
Once you have your extra sources, you can use them along with our images in the guide to make drawing the planets much easier. It would also allow you to make some variations on our design.
Your Solar System Drawing is Complete!
You have completed all steps of this guide on how to draw the solar system, and you have a really cool picture to show for it.
We really hope that this guide showed you what you needed to know in order to recreate our wondrous solar system, and that it was also lots of fun to do!
Now you can put your own touches and details on this drawing, which can range from adding details and objects to making your own incredible solar system!
This along with the many choices you have for colors and mediums gives you many options to go for.
When you’re ready for a new drawing challenge, we look forward to seeing you on our website! We have tons of guides for you there and we add more all the time.
Once you have completed your solar system drawing, we would love to see it! You can share your artwork on our Facebook and Pinterest pages for us to admire.