How to Draw a Sun

Let’s draw THREE different types of suns! YES!!!! Today I’ll show you how to draw a cartoon sun, a pretty boho sun and a creepy gothic sun! Wooo!


‘Here comes the sun!’ ‘Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone’. ‘You’re my sunshine… on a cloudy day’…. Just so lyrics from some old school music faves that all hail to our fabulous friend, the sun. 

Yep, the sun is not only a mass of boiling gas and plasma in the sky that heats the planet, providing life to us all… but also the inspiration for songwriters and artists all around the world. 

So today let’s learn how to draw a sun or two! And you know, there are soooo many ways to draw the sun. It also depends on which drawing medium you use or what kind of vibe you want to go for.

That’s why to get you started, I’ve created three totally different sun drawings for us to draw. A cartoon sun with a smiley face, a pretty boho sun which would look cool on greeting cards, and a dark gothic sun, just because. 😉

Ready to have a go!?

Nicola xx

Ps: Don’t forget all artwork on this site is original art created by me. I’d love you to recreate it and share your stuff on social, just remember to tag me @nicolamilanart (and no commercial resale allowed. Thanks!)

Sun #1 – Cartoon Sun

Let’s start off with this this super fun cartoon sun that has a funky face and cheesy grin. (Hint: don’t forget to watch the video for heaps of ideas on how to make this sun into your own style!)

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Cartoon Sun Drawing Step by Step

Our happy little dude is super easy to draw. Let’s break it down in only 6 steps!

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Step One: A Blob in the Sky

All good things begin with a single… blob.

Hahaha. Nope we’re not doing the ‘let’s draw a perfectly round circle to start with’. Nope, nada, nein, no way! Our cartoon sun is way too cool to be a straight up boring circle. So blob him out.


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Step Two: A Blob with a Mouth

Is your sun drawing happy? Sad? Laughing? This is the step to draw your mouth. I’m going for an uber grin for mine but a closed mouth would work just as well.

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Step Three: The Blob Has Eyes!

Huzzah! Our sun drawing can see! You know me, I love to draw my eyelids so I created two circles first and drew the eyelids over the top and just erased any lines that got in the way. I find drawing things like that is way easier than trying to make it all perfect first go. Your eraser is your friend. 

Seriously though, people think the eraser is just for correcting mistakes. It is in fact, a highly useful tool for making your life as an artist way easier. That’s why I have a massive collection of these amazing Faber Castell pen erasers. They are small enough for detailed work and the eraser doesn’t smudge.

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Step Four: A Cheeto In Real Life

Bahahaha! Don’t you reckon our sun looks like a cheeto? (rolls around the floor laughing… ignore me)

Seriously though, you can add some cool detail to your mouth here. I went for a hill-billy ‘deperately needs the dentist’ motif for the mouth. hehehe.


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Step Five: The Blob Has Personality

Super easy step my friend. Just block in the mouth and add some eyebrows. Eye brows are really important. They totally change the vibe of how your sun looks. If you went for a sad mouth, try tilting the eyebrows outward with the highest point toward the centre of the face. That will help emphasise the sad effect. I like to mix my brows up depending on the personality of the character.

As you know, I love obnoxious, its my go-to flavour… so I drew one ‘normal’ eyebrow and one a little raised to give the sun character a crazier look.

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Step Six: Shine Down On Me!

Time to draw the suns rays! Tablet users: create a layer behind the main face and then you can be scrappy with how the triangles join up. 🙂

Traditional pen and paper users: Just draw a bunch of roughly the same size triangles spaced evenly around your sun. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, having one or two spikes a bit larger sometimes looks really cool. Gives it an edge, you know? 

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Step Seven: Feelin’ The Sunny Vibes

Ooooh! I’m feeling the sunshine on my face! Yeah its a bright… bright… sunshiney day!!!!!!!!

If you’re under 30 and reading this you’re probably like ‘OMG she’s lost it’. If you’re my age (um… let’s just say over 30) you’ll most likely be singing along with me now.

Feel the Gen X-Y cusper vibes!

Keep scrolling my friend because there’s more fun sun drawings to come! Next I’ll show you how to draw a pretty boho sun.


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Sun #2 – Pretty Boho Sun

Next in our sunny line up is this pretty boho sun drawing. I didn’t use any black pen for this, instead I just drew it straight onto my tablet with colorful shapes.


 Step by Step Pretty Boho Sun Drawing

This is such an easy sun drawing but it also looks really cool. You can instantly change it up just by using different colors and adding new patterns to it. Let’s break down how I drew this in just 4 steps.

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Step One: A Pink Floating Ball

I drew this using shapes on my tablet, but you can still follow along with a pen and paper. Just draw block colours instead of lines.

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Step Two: The Spikes Of Life

Dudes, if you have a drawing tablet like me, it’s time to get lazy. heh heh.

I just used the line tool to draw a rough triangle then I duplicated it a million times and just moved them around the pink circle like in the picture.

No tablet you say? Get one…

Hahah. Jokes. Seriously though, you can just draw a bunch of rough triangles. They don’t need to match or be perfect.

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Step Three: A Sunny Middle

To add a bit of extra color I popped a smaller yellow circle over the top of the pink one. You can use a different colour or even try a darker or lighter shade of the same yellow.

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Step Four: Add Some Flavour!

And now that our general sun drawing is ready, we can start adding cool bits in this step. This is really an ‘add anything you want’ step. 

For my boho sun vibe I added a cute swirl in the middle. If you do this, just make sure you use a brush that is tapered at both ends because it looks better.

Then I just added some dots around the outside. You could do love hearts, or more swirls, or skulls (hehe) instead.

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Follow the Sun!

Sometimes keeping a color palette simple is the way to go. If you limit yourself to just two or three colours it can end up looking really nice, especially if you layer the colors and add interesting patterns. All I did in our final step was to add a thinner pink swirl to bring back a bit more pink to the middle of the sun, and used the tapered brush to draw some fancy bits either side of each triangle to make it look less geometric and more boho. Tablet users – I created a layer behind the sun again and draw it there to make it super easy.

PS: Do you like how I’ve learned to animate!!! I was so excited when Adobe Fresco (the program I’m using at the moment) brought it out. The animation feature is really simple. I just duplicated my sun a couple of times and erased a couple of the dots on some of the duplicated, stuck it on a loop and POOF! Sweet little animation.

Sun #3 – Creepy Gothic Sun

Not all suns are created equal! Some are EVIL!!!!!!! (Pause for dramatic effect)…..


(still pausing)….

Notice how I made this section all creepy and dark too. You’re welcome.


The Creepiness Shall Be Found! 

Wow. I really get dramatic when there’s a creepy, cool gothic sun around…. ignore me (again) please.  Let’s break down how to draw this sucker step by step.

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Step One: The Skull Awaits!

Instead of drawing a circle for the centre of the sun, we shall draw a skull shape. I’ve drawn mine in a grisy grey color because it goes with our overall gothic vibe, but why not try pastel purple for that whole pastel goth thing?!

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Step Two: A Hangry Hominid

Dump in some eye hollows, a nose hollow and some scary looking teeth. You can just draw vertical lines for the teeth if you want.

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Step Three: Swanky Spikes

Instead of drawing regular triangle shaped spikes, I mixed things up a bit by using edgy, more gothic looking spikes. You can play around with their thickness to get a look you love.

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Step Four: More Swanky Spikes

After I’d finished adding all my spikes, I felt like my gothic sun needed a little something extra, which is why I drew in additional, smaller spikes in between. 


The Skulls Have It!

Huzzah!!! Enter the gothic sun of evilness! It shall spread its deathly green light across all the land! Woohoohahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. 

But seriously now, I made this sun into a GIF for you. Yes, I went the extra mile to make this super cool. So hopefully the gothic sun drawing here is wiggling crazily for you. If not and its only half there… it’s probably Google’s fault. 😉


I hope you enjoyed today’s how to draw a sun tutorial. Hit me up in the comments if you enjoyed this or if there’s another type of sun you want to learn to draw. (It may seem like ‘just a sun’, but believe me, there are a gazilion fun ways to draw it!)

Want more gothic coolness? Check out my how to draw a gothic cat tute next or browse my tutorial index page.

Nicola xx

6 Fun Facts About the Sun

Did you know these six fun and interesting facts about our Sun?


1. The sun is actually a Yellow Dwarf star.

2. At 4.5 billion years old, the sun is estimated to be half way through it’s ‘Yellow Dwarf’ phase of life. After that it will grow to become a ‘Red Giant’ star and take over Mercury, Venus and Earth. After the Red Giant phase it’s mass will shrink to about the size of the Earth and it will be known as a White Dwarf Star. 

3. You can fit a million planet Earth’s inside the sun it is THAT big.

4. Energy from the sun is created through Nuclear Fusion.

5. The sun rotates in the opposite direction to the Earth. Trippy huh!?

6. The sun is constantly changing. It has sunspots that move, solar winds, it rotates and it is growing in size. Eventually it will become so big and hot that no life will be able to exist on planet Earth.

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