How to Draw a Lightsaber from Star Wars

How to draw a lightsaber from Star Wars

When learning how to draw a lightsaber, the first thing we need to decide is... which one? Well, seeing how Luke Skywalker made his own lightsaber 'from scratch' between Empire and Jedi - after Vader sliced off his hand... let's draw this one as similarly - we'll be drawing one 'from scratch'. This is the very same lightsaber that he used, to finally bring balance to the force at the end of Return of the Jedi.

Actually - this is a good model to go with as there's lots of variation in the handle - and more colors as well than some of the others.

Right then -- here's how to draw a lightsaber!

First Step - How to Draw a Lightsaber

Before we begin, there's something I should first say. If you look at a replica model of this same lightsaber, you'll notice that it's much more detailed than the one we're drawing here. So please be aware - especially if you're a die-hard fan -- this lesson is not aimed at getting every detail perfectly matched up with the one from the movie. Instead - and in the spirit of drawing cartoons -- it's simplification we're after, and ultimately... a close 'likeness' to the one from Return of the Jedi.

subtle differences would include: less black rings on the upper-part of the handle, no buttons on the box that attaches at the side of the handle, and also - less curvature in the overall look of the handle. Even still though - when all is said and drawn -- it still looks very much like the one Luke constructed.

Alright... that said - let's build a lightsaber!

How to draw a lightsaber framework
How to draw a lightsaber - dots for a framework

Just like the swords in a previous lesson, here we're starting with a simple horizontal line. And it makes sense -- this is a nice little guide to ensure the weapon stays straight and narrow. Don't hesitate to use a ruler if you think you need it.

Once the line's in place, mark off the handle area and tip of the lightsaber with a few markings of your choice. Do this, and then carry on with the lesson like so...

How to draw a lightsaber handle
How to draw a lightsaber handle details
Drawing the lightsaber handle
Completing the lightsaber handle

Simple stuff isn't it! Sure, if you wanted to... you could totally kick things up a notch and go for something a little more realistic. But once colored, blade included - this'll look very much like the lightsaber we're aiming for!

Here's how the finished version looks...

Final Step - You Know How to Draw a Lightsaber!!

Minus those lightly sketched pencil marks from earlier on, and PLUS the actual lightsaber... here's what the finished version looks like...

Cartoon drawing of a lightsaber from Star Wars

Pretty simple, but pretty darn cool-looking too. So, did yours turn out alright? Great! Next up - add some color. And sure - normally I'd recommend a variety of different colors to complete a drawing you just did, but here - I'm sorry to say -- it's a different story. This lightsaber MUST BE colored green. :-)

And there you have it. The force - with respect to learning how to draw a lightsaber - is now officially strong with you!