Quick Answer: How To Draw A Night Sky With Colored Pencils?

How to Draw a Night Sky

I promised you a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a night sky, and I recommend How to Draw a Clear Sky with Colored Pencil, which uses the same methods as last week’s post but with different colors, tips, and techniques.

Step 1: Establish the Foreground

Establish the horizon by outlining anything that stands out against the sky; if you want stars, use very sharp pencils (I used Prismacolor Verithin because they can be sharpened to a very fine point) to impress them into the paper; the resulting dots will be white.

Step 2: Adding Color to the Sky

To glaze color into the sky, start with black and dark blue, and apply light to medium pressure; the blunter the pencil, the less likely you are to “fill in” the stars. For layers with multiple layers, apply heavier pressure.

Step 3: Darken the Values

Reduce the number of stars in an early evening sky, especially near the horizon, and darken the values by layering the two original colors. Use a piece of bath tissue folded into a small square to smooth the color and value gradations.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Continue alternating layers of black and dark blue for a darker sky, blending the colors every few layers, until the sky is as dark as you want it to be.

Is It Finished?

For this tutorial, I used Bristol vellum; for a finished piece, I’d use a paper with more tooth, such as Stonehenge, Canson Mi-Teintes, or a sanded paper.


This is only one way to draw a night sky; other factors, such as the presence of a moon, artificial lighting, or even a shooting star, all play a role. If you follow these basic steps, you can draw your own night sky!

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How do you draw a sky with pencil color?

Stroke the cotton swab or cotton ball across the color swatches to pick up color, then use light to medium pressure to stroke your drawing. Continue adding layers until the sky is the color and value you want.

How do you make a dark sky pencil?

Let’s get this party started!

  1. Step 1: Lightly draw a cloud outline.
  2. Step 2: Shade the skyu2014not the cloud!
  3. Step 3: Blend your layers until smooth.
  4. Step 4: Gently add shape to your cloud.
  5. Step 5: Increase contrast.
  6. Step 6: Finish up with small details.

How do you draw light with colored pencils?

Hold the pencil sideways with the largest area of the tip in contact with the paper; this position allows you to lay down a light base of color that you can then layer on top of until you achieve the desired hue; it also allows for smooth color and minimizes unsightly lines.

How do you color the sky blue?

Start with a large amount of white and add blue to it. Many blues will work, but Ultramarine Blue is a good place to start. Add a small amount of magenta to make it a reddish blue, or a touch of yellow with the magenta to make it a duller blue.

What color is the moon’s color?

Paint a white ring around the moon with a 3/4 Wash brush, then lightly blend phthalo blue with the white to create a light blue tone. Gradually blend more phthalo blue in the sky as you work your way to the canvas’ edges.

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What is the Colour of moon today?

Longer wavelengths of light, such as orange and red, tend to pass through the atmosphere, whereas shorter wavelengths of light, such as blue, scatter, which is why the Moon u2014 and the Sun! u2014 appear orange or red as they rise or set.

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