how to draw a starry night sky
Once the first layer of paint has completely dried it is time to add more color, and at this point it is all about playing! Don’t be afraid to work up to and on the Galaxy portion as well. Adding some random sponge marks of color in and around the white will create more interest and depth.
Add some bright white random dabs over the glazed area and out into the sky.
This time in the Gaussian Blur dialog box, increase the Radius value to 4 pixels. This will blur the stars and they’ll look too faint, but we’ll fix that next:
The Clouds filter will fill the layer mask with random areas of white, black and gray. But by default, the result is more gray than anything else. To push more of the effect to pure white and pure black, press and hold the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key on your keyboard. Then with the key held down, go up to the Filter menu, choose Render, and then choose Clouds.
In this illustration, I put black over all of the sky, and dark blue over half of it. The slight darkening at the top is the result of multiple layers.
If you prefer, you can also shade the shapes that show against the sky. I drew a horizon of trees, then blocked them in with black and dark green.
Starry Night is one of the most recognized pieces of art in the world. It is absolutely everywhere, too. It can be seen on coffee, mugs, t-shirts, towels, magnets, etc. Honestly, it sometimes feels as if the painting’s fame has exceeded that of its creator. It is a magnificent piece of art. That Starry Night resonates with so many people is a testament to how its beauty is timeless and universal.
Vincent van Gogh painted Starry Night in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Van Gogh lived well in the hospital; he was allowed more freedoms than any of the other patients. If attended, he could leave the hospital grounds; he was allowed to paint, read, and withdraw into his own room. He was even given a studio. While he suffered from the occasional relapse into paranoia and fits – officially he had been diagnosed with epileptic fits – it seemed his mental health was recovering.
Unfortunately, he relapsed. He began to suffer hallucination and have thoughts of suicide as he plunged into depression. Accordingly, there was a tonal shift in his work. He returned to incorporating the darker colors from the beginning of his career and Starry Night is a wonderful example of that shift. Blue dominates the painting, blending hills into the sky. The little village lays at the base in the painting in browns, greys, and blues. Even though each building is clearly outlined in black, the yellow and white of the stars and the moon stand out against the sky, drawing the eyes to the sky. They are the big attention grabber of the painting.
Starry skies are also used to represent the concept of space exploration, and are therefore lent to adventure, courage, and facing the unknown.
In the recent past, night time has still been used as a powerful metaphor. For example, Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical account of the Holocaust – a genocide of Jews and others during World War II – is symbolically entitled Night.