How to Draw a Spaceship

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A UFO or unidentified flying object is "any aerial object or optical phenomenon not readily identifiable to the observer." The first UFO sighting of a "flying saucer" occurred in 1947, when a pilot reported several fast-moving objects. He described them as moving "like saucers skipping on water," and thus the flying saucer was born.

While sightings of unknown objects had been recorded throughout history, a rise in UFO sightings paralleled advancements in rocketry by the military during World War II. Still, these sightings were investigated, most famously during Project Blue Book of the 1950s and 1960s. Upon investigation, only a small percentage remained "unidentified."

Most UFO sightings are due to natural phenomena, such as meteors, or even the misidentification of a man-made object. In some cases, lenticular clouds may be mistaken for flying saucers due to their shape. The Fata Morgana is another phenomenon, a mirage in which objects on the distant horizon - such as a boat at sea - appear to be floating or flying just above the horizon.

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Film and television did much to promote belief in alien spaceships. Early examples include Flash Gordon and The Day the Earth Stood Still. These were later joined by Star Trek, Star Wars, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Men in Black, Transformers, My Favorite Martian, and countless other works of fiction involving extraterrestrial life.

Would you like to draw a cartoon spaceship? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: UFO, Alien, and Moon.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Spaceship

Spaceship drawing - step 1
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 1

1. Begin by outlining the flying saucer. Draw two long curved lines. Connect them on the ends using slanted straight lines.

Spaceship drawing - step 2
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 2

2. Draw a long curved line to connect the tops of the short straight lines. This outlines the sides of the ship and gives it a three-dimensional appearance.

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Spaceship drawing - step 3
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 3

3. Draw ovals just above the previous line. Enclose half-oval shapes on the sides of the ship. These are the classic UFO lights.

Spaceship drawing - step 4
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line below the ship, outlining a semicircle.

Spaceship drawing - step 5
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 5

5. Extend a curved line from the semicircle and double it back upon itself to enclose a partial oval. This is the “foot” or landing prop of the ship.

Spaceship drawing - step 6
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 6

6. Draw a second landing prop, erasing as necessary. Notice that the oval shape is slightly flattened on top.

Spaceship drawing - step 7
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 7

7. Extend a curved line from the bottom of the ship and double it back upon itself to form the final landing prop.

Spaceship drawing - step 8
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 8

8. Draw a long curved line above the ship, enclosing a partial circle. This is the windshield or window.

Spaceship drawing - step 9
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 9

9. Draw a long curved line across the top of the ship, connecting the two ends of the partial circle. This outlines the opening in which the pilot sits. Draw another curved line to indicate the other side of the opening.

Complete Spaceship drawing
How to Draw Spaceship: Step 10

Color your cartoon flying saucer.

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