A total eclipse of the art.
Few things in the world inspire the imagination like the moon. Both mystical and familiar, it’s an endless source of artistic inspiration for many illustrators. Inspiration for your moon illustrations is everywhere. Pick up a few ideas, and learn four universal steps for a stunning moon illustration.
Take your illustration over the moon in four steps.
Pick your style.
The sky’s the limit when you add style to your moon illustration. Whether you want to create a realistic moon, go for a colorful illustrative approach, or draw a moon with a face, don’t be afraid to take creative liberties. From a new moon to that rarest-of-rare blue moon, find reference photos or artwork of all kinds to kick-start your imagination.
Pick a moon phase.
With any moon phase, you’ll want to start with a circle to get the basic shape. If you want a full moon, you can stop here.
For a crescent moon, or any type of waxing or waning gibbous, the simplest way to get a perfect moon shape is to stack two circles on top of each other. “To make a crescent moon, I make two circles and move the top one around,” says illustrator Morgan Dees. “If you want a sliver you can make the overlapping circle really big, but if you want a thicker moon, make the overlapping circle smaller.”