“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold — brothers who know now they are truly brothers.”— Archibald MacLeish, American Poet
While working through this lesson, I recommend you look at a globe. This way, once you’ve decided on what angle you will draw your cartoon Earth from, you’ll have a really good perspective on how the individual continents should look in relation to the angle that the Earth is being viewed.
As a finishing touch, why not add some color? Go with blue for the water and green for the land. Or, you may want to even color each continent a separate color, just like on a map.
While this lesson is labeled “Beginner”, do know that it’s actually pretty easy to get carried away with the details. Remember that this is a “cartoon” Earth, and as such – you should focus on creating a likeness, as opposed to going for perfection.
So, are all your continents mapped out then? Excellent… on we go!
4. Finish enclosing North America using another jagged line. Note how the Florida panhandle juts out from the mainland, and how the Gulf of Mexico folds inward.
If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Star, Dessert, and Sun.
As you can see, the rectangles that I drew are used only to mark the position and relative shape of each continent, and in some cases – country.
When you’re all finished, you’ve got a beautiful representation of our planet Earth — a wonderful cartoon world indeed! And remember, this is Earth Day! So let’s be sure to do our job in keeping the Earth as beautiful and wonderful as it is, today and always. 🙂
8. Enclose islands, irregular shapes, north of Canada and in the Caribbean region, between North and South America. These latter islands include Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.
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Edgar Mitchell, an astronaut for the Apollo space program, described it this way: “A sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery.”
Looking at the example to the right, you can easily see how each rectangle plays its role at holding the position for each specific continent. Without the rectangles, the “Big Picture” wouldn’t be as convincing when you’re all finished. In this way, the positioning of each shape is more important than how similar each continent is to the real thing!
5. Outline the western edge of South America using a jagged line. This includes countries such as Ecuador, Peru, and Argentina.
Once you have each continent drawn, the final step then is to complete the outer perimeter of your cartoon Earth, and also… erase the rectangles.
Note: It’s very important that you take your time. Look at the globe to see the general shape of each continent. Then draw to achieve a basic likeness.
9. Enclose additional small shapes north of Canada, near Europe, and at the bottom left of the globe. The latter represents Australia and Tasmania.
This idea is very similar to how you used frameworks in other lessons to keep proportion in your drawing. These rectangles act as guidelines mapping out the position of each continent in relation to the other.
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Would you like to draw this space faring jewel? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial makes doing so easy. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, paints, or colored pencils to shade the finished planet.
Your globe will give you a good idea of where to draw each rectangle. Be sure to draw them very lightly, and again… don’t get carried away. Keep this step nice and simple.
6. Enclose South America using a jagged line, representing its eastern seaboard.
When you’re finished, it’s on to the final step – your cartoon earth is almost complete!…
Even though your shapes aren’t exact, they will appear to more accurate then they are when you step back and see the “Big Picture”.
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7. Enclose a few irregular shapes at the top of the globe. These landmasses represent Greenland, the eastern coast of Europe, and the northern reaches of Russia.
Are you drawing a solar system? Don’t forget to include other celestial bodies, such as distant stars and our own sun.
The popular television series Star Trek opened with the words, “Space, the final frontier.” Yet, unexplored frontiers remain on earth as well. More than 70 percent of the surface of the earth is covered by oceans, the depths of which have not been explored. Scientists estimate that at the current rate of discovery, it will take over 1,000 years to catalog all of earth’s species.
With an assortment of overlapping simple rectangles in place, you now have the perfect guideline from which to draw each continent.
This lesson begins by drawing a simple circle just like I’ve done on the left. Then, using simple shapes – rectangles in my case, go on to map out the individual continents.
This of course leaves you with a very nice looking final drawing – one that even though is not perfect… certainly convinces the person looking at it that YES! – it is the Earth!
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Drawing a cartoon Earth is great. It’s easy and it’s a lot of fun too! Also, with so many different ways you can draw the world, it becomes a geography lesson as much as it is a drawing lesson.
The earth – according to astronomer Carl Sagan, it is “a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,” the only rock in the universe known to support life. The earth, a small planet orbiting a small star at just the right distance and axial tilt to sustain life, has been host to every human, animal, and plant that has ever lived. The planet hosts the correct amounts of water, atmospheric composition, natural cycles, and magnetic shielding for such life to exist.
2. Draw a jagged, diagonal line across the circle. This will form the Pacific Ocean side of the North American continent. If you wish to make your drawing geographically accurate, pay attention to the shape of the line in our example drawing. For example, do you see how Baja, California, where the United States joins Mexico, doubles back on itself?
10. Color your globe. As seen from space, the earth’s oceans are blue and its landmasses are green and brown. White polar ice caps might be seen at its top and bottom, and our planet is often swaddled in bands of white clouds.
Check out Google Earth to help with your ‘Earth Drawing Angles’
3. Draw a convoluted, curved, jagged line across the top of the globe. This is the northern side of the North American continent, which includes Alaska and Canada.
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