How to Draw a UFO

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An unidentified flying object, or UFO, is defined as "any aerial object or optical phenomenon not readily identifiable to the observer." In other words, a UFO could be almost anything - a meteor, an airplane, a rocket, a weather phenomena, an optical illusion, or an alien spacecraft.

UFOs are most readily associated with alien life and flying saucers. Interest in UFOs rose after World War II, with the invention of rocketry and jet propulsion. Many unidentified flying objects are thought to have been military experiments with new flight technology. Others, layman and scientist alike, believe that at least some UFOs are signs of intelligent lifeforms visiting earth.

Did you know? The term "flying saucer" is actually a misnomer. It was first used in 1947, after a famous UFO sighting by pilot Kenneth Arnold. Arnold reported seeing a group of fast, crescent shaped objects during a flight. His description that they moved "like saucers skipping on water" was misreported by a local newspaper. The name stuck, and the term "flying saucer" was born.

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Eventually, most UFO sightings are resolved with a natural or man-made explanation. Regardless, UFOs remain an indelible part of pop culture. Alien abductions and invasions are the topic of countless books and movies, such as Independence Day (1996) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Would you like to draw a UFO? Doing so is fast, fun, and easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ a​​ ​UFO

How to Draw UFO: Step 1

1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Begin by drawing a narrow oval, slanted diagonally. This will form the middle section of your UFO.

How to Draw UFO: Step 2

2. ​​On the underside of the oval, draw a long, curved line, following the curvature of the oval. Connect the line to each side of the oval. This gives the middle of the UFO a three dimensional appearance.

How to Draw UFO: Step 3

3. ​​​​​​​​​Use a long, curved line to enclose a semicircle on the bottom side of the oval. This forms the base of the UFO.

How to Draw UFO: Step 4

4. ​​​​​​​Draw a smaller oval within the original oval. Then, draw a curved line across the bottom of the oval, giving the shape a three dimensional lip. This shape will help form the top portion of the UFO.


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How to Draw UFO: Step 5

5.​​ ​Enclose a semicircle above the smaller oval, using a curved line connected to the oval on each side.

How to Draw UFO: Step 6

6.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​Erase the guide lines from the top of the UFO.

How to Draw UFO: Step 7

7. ​​Add detail to the UFO. Draw small circles along the top of the middle portion, each slightly flattened on the bottom. On each side of the top portion, enclose a half circle using a short, curved line. Give the top of the UFO a reflection of light, as if made of glass. To do this, draw a small, curved rectangle to one side, and a small, upside down triangle beneath it.

How to Draw UFO: Step 8

8.​​​ ​UFOs are often known by their eerie lights. Draw an array of long, straight lines extending from beneath the base of the UFO.


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How to Draw UFO: Step 9

9.​​ ​Add further detail by drawing a straight or slightly curved line between the small circles, bridging the space between the large and small ovals. Then, draw an irregular, rounded square shape on the base of the UFO to form an escape hatch. Detail the hatch by drawing a curved line across its top and side.

How to Draw UFO: Step 10

10. ​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​Color your UFO. Check out our other out of this world drawing guides, including an alien, the earth, the night sky,and the moon.

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