How to Draw Stars and Constellations in Space

Updated April 17, 2017

Stars are often represented in drawings as five-pointed figures, although in reality stars are nothing more than gaseous spheres. Even though many stars in the sky appear to be in close proximity to each other, these objects can really be millions of miles away from each other. Some star formations appear to form the outlines of figures, and observers have given these shapes a name: constellations. If you would like to draw stars and constellations yourself, it is best to select a photograph or series of photographs to help you compose your image.

Draw small circles throughout the black paper to act as the basic guidelines for each of the stars. The key to this particular activity is not drawing all of the stars that you see in the picture as precisely as possible, but to depict each of your intended constellations so that they assume their distinctive shapes.

Fill in any remaining space on the paper with small circles to represent the rest of the stars as they are pictured in the reference guide. Depending on how zoomed in your photograph is on this particular area of space, you will need to maintain a consistent sprinkling stars in order to accurately fill up the page.

Colour in each of the small circles with the white ink pen so that each one becomes more visible to the human eye. While each star emits a different amount of light, creating this detail is not as critical as realistically rendering each of the constellations.

Lightly colour in any alternate areas on your page that might emit an array of colour. Let all of the ink on the page completely dry, then erase any remaining visible marks that may appear on the page.

Things You'll Need

  • Black paper drawing pad
  • Pencil
  • Paint pens
  • Eraser
  • Pictures of constellations and stars
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