Learn how to draw a space cartoon filled with breathtaking special effects! If you already have some basic knowledge on how to use a vector application, then creating this fun illustration should not be a problem. This illustration is not difficult to create, but it's certainly one that can take more time than usual.
First, draw the planet on the bottom using a long curved line and a few circles to illustrate the craters. Next, draw a sun using a white circle. Yes, all suns are white (but our sun seems yellow because of the atmosphere).
In this second step, you can add a few darker lines inside the craters to give some volume to these elements. Of course, you can add more craters if you feel like it.
Next, since this is a cartoon illustration you can draw some lines around the craters (these lines are shown in pink, but they must be blue as seen in the next step). Our goal is not to create a realistic image, but something fun and visually appealing.
This is how these lines must look like. You can add a little bit of transparency on these lines to make them more subtle. Otherwise, the drawing will look a little bit too cartoonish.
On the planet, draw new shapes that are slightly darker to add some basic textures on the surface. We are now done with this planet. It's now time to add some cool effects in the sky and show what space is really all about! :)
Using the gradient tool, add a light blue color near the horizon of the planet to simulate the atmosphere. Using this effect, it seems like we are closer to the surface of the cartoon planet.
You can create a blurred version of the sun and add a large circular shape around it to make this one more visible.
On the top left of the illustration, you can add three different shapes filled with three different colors. These shapes are used to depict how gas is visible in space.
Once again, use the blur tool to make all outlines virtually invisible. Of course, you can increase this effect by adding more shapes like these ones on your illustration.
Finally, you can add stars all over the place! Notice that areas like the atmosphere, around the sun and near the lines used to depict gas are not covered by stars. I did create all stars manually by drawing a few of them and then duplicating these shapes. It can be along process, but it's worth all the trouble!