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How to Draw Mercury

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to draw the smallest and closest planet to the Sun? In today’s tutorial, we’ll take you on an exciting trip to explore Mercury. It’s a tiny planet in a big universe, but its unique features make it an exciting subject for any artist or newbie.

If you want to master this drawing successfully, understanding its unique features is key. With this guide on how to draw Mercury, we focus on two characteristics. The first is its reddish surface due to its scorching hot daytime temperature. The second one is its heavily cratered landscape which is similar in appearance to the moon’s surface.

These features might make you intimidated at first, but our detailed steps will help you nail your Mercury without any challenge.

Are you ready to join this trip? Let’s dive in!

Difficult level Medium
Estimate time 15 minutes
Drawing materials Pen, Marker, Crayon
Painting materials Watercolor, Color pencil, Pastel
Surfaces materials Paper, Canvas

How to Draw Mercury – Step by Step

Since we’re drawing Mercury in the hot daytime, prepare a warm-tone color palette to meet the theme. It’s time for the first step.

Step 1: Sketch Mercury’s Outline and add Basic hues

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  1. As usual, we’ll draw a circle to represent Mercury’s shape. If you’re adding Mercury to your existing Solar System with other planets, remember that it will be the smallest. For example, if you’ve already had the Earth, then you need to draw this circle a little more than one-third the size of our planet. Rather simple, right?
  2. Once you’ve got the outline, shade it with a light orange or pale yellow-orange. This represents the planet’s scorching surface temperature due to its proximity to the Sun.
  3. We’ve just finished one unique feature of Mercury. It’s time to conquer the rest. The fact is that Mercury’s surface is marked by irregular bands. They are the result of variations in the composition and age of its surface. So how can you make them appealing on this drawing?

Here’s the hint: On the left side of Mercury, use slightly darker orange hues to draw two irregular, vertical bands that run from the top to the bottom. These bands should not be perfectly uniform; they can vary in width and shape. Look at our picture for a clear example. Well, you’ve reached halfway through the journey. In the next part, we’ll dive into more details. Let’s continue!

Step 2: Finish the Mercury by Adding more Bands, Craters, and Extra details

draw mercury step 2

  1. Though we’ve added some color bands to the Mercury, it still looks boring. Then make it more vibrant by drawing two more dark orange patches on its left and right edges. Again, vary your curved strokes to make the drawing lively.
  2. We’ll add craters in this step. For your information, Mercury’s surface is heavily cratered due to impacts from meteoroids and comets. To depict some large craters, draw irregular shapes of various sizes on several places on the planet’s surface. Use a dark brown for these craters to make them stand out. If you want to add a bit creativity, make some craters overlap or be partially hidden behind others, giving depth to the planet’s texture.
  3. You’ve mastered all main characteristics. Just some details left to have a perfect drawing.To enhance its realism, you can draw tiny lines running along the bands. These lines represent geological features of this planet such as cracks or crevices. Such a great way to capture Mercury’s rugged and scarred nature!


How’s your drawing so far? We hope you embrace this guide successfully till the last details.

Don’t forget to refine your Mercury. This final touch is crucial too. Take a step back to look it from a distance or look up to the ceiling for a few seconds then look back at your drawing. Is the coloring perfect? Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Keep fixing and your skills are soonly elevated.

While this tutorial on how to draw Mercury provides a great starting point for you, it’s just one of many paths you can take to explore this fascinating subject.

If you’re thinking of adding an extra object to your drawing, we just want to say that “Perfect”. Whether it’s a star, a spacecraft, or a satellite, you’re making the mercury drawing more visually charming.

You desire to experiment with other colors? Switch from daytime Mercury to a nighttime one. Then you’re free to play with cold-tone colors that are sure to breath a fresh vibe to your paper.

Another idea? Well, for a more detailed and realistic representation, consider adding shading around the edges of the craters to simulate depth. You might use a darker shade of brown or gray to to emphasize their three-dimensional appearance.

To sum up, the more you explore, the more your artistic vision will evolve. Keep your curiosity and creativity alive!

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