Drawing a Millennium Falcon Battle

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October 23, 2008

Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

Star Wars illustrator Brent Woodside explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw a massive battle with the Millennium Falcon!

Step One:
To begin, look through your Star Wars comics, magazines, books and posters, as well as images here on Starwars.com like the one above. Notice how battles look with different ships. Note the angle of ships as they speed through space chasing after one another.

Step Two:
Look over the reference and let your imagination run wild, or draw with directly from your reference. If you draw with direct reference you will have an image that will look very similar to the original picture. If you want to try to make up a battle from scratch, it's helpful to first try out your ideas into by drawing little sketches called " thumbnails." These will help you decide what the image is going to look like. It is a good idea to do several of them.

Step Three:
When you decide on a thumbnail you like it is time to develop it into a concept. Here are two different thumbnails to create a concept sketch.

Step Four:
Once you have a clear idea of your layout it is time to draw the image full size. Look for the basic shapes of the objects in the picture. Draw them out as simple shapes like circles, squares, and cones that make up the main objects, in this case the ships.

Step Five:
The first level of details should be spread throughout the picture. Try to look for the most important shapes that identify the objects. Notice the hexagonal shapes of the TIE fighter wings, the outrigger cockpit of the Falcon and the boxy shapes on the top of the Star Destroyer. Make sure to draw your details evenly throughout the drawing. Don't focus on one area too much because you might have to change the position or size of something later.

Step Six:
Once you have these new lines in place go back and erase out the lines that no longer make sense. Also clean up the lines that will be used.

Step Seven:
For the next layer of details you will need to go back to your reference and look for the major details that make the ships identifiable. You might even have to find it helpful to look closely at a toy of the space ship to look for the smaller details.

Step Eight:
Again clean up all the unnecessary lines left after your last update.

Step Nine:
The next bunch of details is usually more specific. Don't skimp on these because they will make the drawing more believable.

Step Ten:
Check for lines that no longer make sense and clear them out, or they will cause you confusion later.

Step Eleven:
Now for some very tiny little details and textures. Look at your reference and try to figure out what the details are, and how they work. An understanding of this will help you to illustrate it. Complex machines like the Millennium Falcon won't look like machines without their little details.

Step Twelve:
Clean up the lines again. This stage of the drawing is just as important as drawing the lines.

Step Thirteen:
These are the final details. Look for anything you might have forgotten before and get it in there. At this point you might take a break from the drawing and come back to it. This will give you a new outlook on the drawing and pick up on things you had not realized you missed.

Step Fourteen:
This is the final clean up stage. Make sure the lines you have make sense and work well together.

Step Fifteen:
Coloring and shading is up to you. Try using really basic colors like a coloring book and then decide on a light source and lighten and darken accordingly. Good luck!


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