Welcome to another interesting tutorial for anyone who’s passionate about the universe. If you’ve ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered about the most distant, mysterious planet in our Solar System, this guide on how to draw Neptune is uniquely made for you.
To help you nail the drawing perfectly, we’ll show you how to sketch Neptune’s most distinctive details. They include its striking deep blue color, diverse bands and zones in its atmosphere, and massive storms forming dark and white spots.
Drawing Neptune might sound tricky at first, but with some simple steps and a bit of creativity, you’ll be able to capture the beauty of this blue giant in no time.
So wait no further, grab your pencil, and let’s do magic on your paper!
|Estimate time||15 minutes|
|Drawing materials||Pen, Marker, Crayon|
|Painting materials||Watercolor, Color pencil, Pastel|
|Surfaces materials||Paper, Canvas|
How To Draw Neptune – Step by Step
This tutorial is a series of six small steps combined into two main ones to help you master each detail successfully. Refer to our picture and read our guide carefully. Now, it’s time to conquer our Neptune!
Step 1: Create an outline and add the first colors for Neptune
- Well, every planet starts with a circular outline, and so does Neptune. Begin drawing a circle on your paper, with any size of your choice.
- Next, you need to color the entire circle light blue to create a base for Neptune. This represents the overall color of the planet due to the presence of methane in its atmosphere.
- This step is essential. Shade the upper-right and lower-left portions of the circle with slightly darker blue tones to depict that Neptune is tilted on its side. In other words, this shading represents the north and south pole regions that are more obscured due to the planet’s orientation, making Neptune’s drawing more vibrant and realistic.
Step 2: Add bands of clouds and extra spots for details
- Since Neptune’s atmosphere is characterized by faint cloud bands, you need to make this unique feature apparent on your paper. So how to master this detail? All you need to do is draw horizontal lines across Neptune to form different cloud bands (note that these lines will follow the leaning of the planet). Make them wavy and uneven to mimic the turbulent nature of the atmosphere. As our reference picture shows, we’re drawing three bands in different shapes. You might follow our stroke or add more bands as you like, yet ensure they adhere to the expected direction. After that, use varying shades of blue, and color each band to create a striped appearance. Some bands will be lighter and others darker, representing the layers of clouds and gasses in Neptune’s atmosphere.
- To enhance Neptune’s appearance, add extra clouds to its north and south pole areas. For these clouds, color them darker blue to add depth to your drawing.
Additionally, draw an irregular, darker patch on the planet’s surface, overlapping the cloud strip to represent stormy regions. Then draw a white patch upon it to mimic the white spots. Give it a bright blue in your palette.
- Finally, create additional small, bright White Spots to add finer details to your drawing. These spots can vary in size and shape and should be scattered across the planet’s surface. This is a great way to add complexity to Neptune’s atmospheric features.
Now, take a step back to review your drawing and make any necessary adjustments. Erase any unwanted lines or smudges. Plus, ensure that the shading and coloring are smooth and consistent.
This tutorial on how to draw Neptune is not complicated at all, right? Mark that the heart of our drawing lay in replicating Neptune’s dynamic and ever-changing atmosphere. By using different blue hues on your palette, you’ve successfully brought the real Neptune to your paper.
Remember, every drawing is a unique expression of your creativity, so don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own.
For example, you can experiment with subtle variations in blue shades to simulate the ever-changing colors in Neptune’s atmosphere. Our suggestion is to play with different blues and even hints of green or turquoise to add depth and realism.
This is more interesting: Create a captivating backdrop with diverse colors to depict the vastness of space. Then you can add stars of varying sizes and brightness to create a stunning starfield. For a playful twist, consider adding a whimsical UFO in the background, hinting at the idea of interstellar visitors.
Once you’ve added a background, enhance the ethereal quality of Neptune’s atmosphere by lightly blending and blurring the edges of the planet into the space background. This will create the illusion of a soft, glowing atmosphere that blends seamlessly with the cosmos.
The ideas are endless, you see? With a bit of creativity, you can develop your Neptune drawing into a truly unique piece of art. Let’s do it now!