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!