How to Draw a Black Night Sky

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How to Draw a Black Night Sky
A black night sky can add an eerie feeling to a drawing. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you're a budding artist, try making the black night sky the subject of your next piece. It will challenge you to create different textures and think about how light affects everything you draw. Although the sky at night is dark, you can use features such as silhouettes, reflections, the moon, stars and shadows to communicate the eeriness of nighttime. To get started, simply look out your window when it is dark and observe how objects look different than during the day.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Black paper
  • Pastels or white chalk
  • Scrap newspaper

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  1. 1

    Lay out the black construction paper on a flat surface. Make sure your hands are dry, and prepare the chalks or pastels by putting them on a piece of newspaper next to you.

  2. 2

    Create a pool of water in the foreground of the picture to give the black night sky context. Use a dark blue or black pastel and smudge a pool of water at the bottom of the paper.

  3. 3

    Add a building next to the pool, such as a house or large office block. Do this by drawing a rough outline with dark grey pastel and then add squares of pale yellow onto the building to represent windows.

  4. 4

    Create the reflection of the building in the water by copying a slightly smudged outline of the building's shape in the pool.

  5. 5

    Draw a crescent or half moon in the sky --- this enables you to create a shadowing effect for the rest of the moon. Use the whitest pastel or piece of chalk to draw a crescent shape.

  6. 6

    Use the tips of your figures to slightly smudge the area you have covered with white pastel.

  7. 7

    Fill in the other side of the moon using a dark grey or almost black pastel. Again, smudge this area using your fingers but keep the line between the shadow and light crisp.

  8. 8

    Add stars to the black night sky image. Put small specks of yellow pastel across the top of the black paper. Use different levels of pressure to create these dots, as this will give the stars various depths and sizes.

  9. 9

    Draw the reflection of the moon, and some of the stars in the pool of water. Use a light grey pastel to copy the shape of the moon in the water. Smudge it and only add light touches of pastel, so it does not overpower the real moon in the drawing.

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