How to Draw a Crescent Moon

Artist: Dawn / February 19, 2011
How to Draw a Crescent Moon

Step 1.

Start by drawing a crescent shaped line line you see here, and another horizontal line somewhat in the center.

Step 2.

Starting at the tips of the crescent shape, you will begin drawing in the shape of the actual moon in the form of an outline of a face being viewed from the side..

Step 3.

Here you will draw out the large shapes of the pretty looking eyes. Be sure to draw the lid line and lashes thick, and luxurious.

Step 4.

Continue to draw out the eye like you see here, and be sure to draw in the eyeball, and color in the pupil. It should look like a lazy, sleepy type of eye expression.

Step 5.

Sketch out the sides or nostrils of the nose, and then sketch out the mouth, and or lips like you see here.

Step 6.

You are almost done with this pretty display of a crescent moon. All you have to do now is draw in the wispy cloud that is stretched over the moon. Notice how the ripple of the cloud is hugging in on itself at each end.

Step 7.

Now just lightly sketch in some bumps for the face like you see here. Erase the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.

Step 8.

Here is what you should end up with when you are all done. Now go ahead and color it in to make it your own. I hope you had fun with this tutorial on how to draw a crescent moon.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: February 19, 2011
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Description: Now that I submitted that one cool lesson for the day, I will move forward and fill some other requests made by members and visitors of Next, I will be teaching you "how to draw a crescent moon", step by step. The crescent shaped moon design I drew has a face on it, with a nice cozy looking wispy cloud hugging it’s face. What is a crescent moon though? Well, that’s easy enough to explain. A moon displaying a crescent shape is called a moon phase. There is eight different moon phases, and with each one comes it’s own name and meaning. For example; when the moon is at its darkest point it is called a new moon’. This happens when the unilluminated side of the moon is facing the earth. When the moon looks to be less than one half illuminate, it is called a ‘waxing crescent’. A ‘first quarter’ moon is when exactly one half of the moon is lite by light directly from the sun. Before a full moon comes to pass, it must first go through the ‘waxing gibbous’ phase which is when the moon is light by more than half of the sun’s light. Next is the ‘full moon’, and even though we believe this is the time that werewolves are born, it’s actually a phase of when the moon is completely lite up by the sunlight. This also means that the earth, sun, and moon are just a hairline away from being in a straight line with one another. After the full moon passes, the next phase is called the ‘waning gibbous’. I know it’s sounds much like the waxing gibbous phase, and in some way it is. During this phase the moon is starting to loose light instead of gain light light. ‘Last quarter’ is when one half of the moon is without the suns light, this is also sometimes called third quarter as well. Finally, there is the ‘waning crescent’ this phase of the moon can be seen after the last quarter moon, and before the new moon. The phases of a moon is almost like a recycling clock. The only difference, is when the moon is being exposed to light, and having light drawn away. I guess you’ll have to read more on this subject if you are intrigued with the eight different stages of the moons phase. Nonetheless, I hope you like learning "how to draw a crescent moon, step by step. I will be back with more drawing fun.