While I was creating a moon painting last week, I took a step back and wanted to learn how to draw the moon in the most simplest of ways while still mimicking the real thing.
Although I used these moon drawing steps in my easy moon painting , you can also use it in any moon art project you can think of. It’s easy for kids, teens and adults a like!
To draw the moon you’ll first trace a large circle on your paper using a bowl. Then you’ll add some darker areas on the moons rocky surface by drawing some simple irregular shapes and filling them in with dark grey pencil/crayons. Next you’ll add some “0” shaped craters and you’ll finish off by coloring in the moon with a light grey crayon/pencil. I’ll go over more detailed steps in the tutorial below.
Looking for more easy and fun drawing tutorials? Check out this how to draw a monarch butterfly tutorial, and this how to draw a sea turtle. Or if the magic of this moon has captured you, you might want learn how to to draw a mystical mermaid.
Let’s get drawing.
Moon Art Drawing Ideas
Draw the moon as a giant mural, paint with some glow in the dark paint on a t shirt, or some fun kid friendly moon crafts /activities. The list below has some fun and unique ideas you can use your moon drawing in.
- Paint a moon in a night scene mermaid painting
- Giant DIY moon mural, like this one
- Chalkboard moon art, like this pinterest idea
- Paper plate moon craft
- Sun and Moon Art for Kids
- Glow in the Dark Moon T-shirts
- Moon Phases Activity Craft for kids
- Paint in the moon in a galaxy painting
How to Draw the Moon Tutorial
- dark grey and light grey coloring pencils /crayons/ markers
- large bowl/circular object/compass (optional)
- Draw a large circle by tracing around a large bowl/circular object, using a pencil. Alternatively you can free hand your circle shape or use a compass.
- Draw and fill in large shapes inside the moon, using a dark grey pencil/crayon/marker. These will be the darker areas of the moons rocky surface.
- Draw in a few smaller circle shapes, using the same dark grey crayon/pencil. Color them in. These will be the darker moon craters.
- Draw 4-5 small "0" shapes (small ovals), and don't fill them in. These will be the lighter moon craters. Tip: If you'd like more realistic details in your moon, you can draw fine rays (lines) coming from the craters' centre and streaking outwards, which are called ejecta rays.
- Color in the white spaces around the craters/dark shapes, using a lighter grey pencil/crayon/marker. Make sure not to fill in the centres of the white craters, and leave them white.
- (Optional) Color in the night sky with some dark purple or blue, draw in some clouds crossing the moon and/or add some sparkly stars in the sky to complete the picture! Or use this moon drawing in any project you can think of.