How to Draw an Alien

Aliens are frequent denizens of science fiction, from Star Trek to Star Wars to Disney’s Toy Story, and the search for extraterrestrial life is carried out by some serious scientists. This, however, has not always been the case.

​Aliens are often linked with sightings of UFOs, or unidentified flying objects. These sightings generally did not occur prior to man’s experimentation with flight. One of the first UFO sightings occurred in 1947, when a businessman reported seeing several crescent shaped objects flying alongside his small airplane. A local newspaper mistakenly reported that they were saucer shaped, thus the term, “flying saucer.”

​UFO sightings increased with time; during the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. government recorded more than 12,000 such sightings. Most were eventually discovered to be astronomical phenomena or aircraft, with only six percent remaining unidentified.

​​​During this time period, supposed aliens began to be referred to as “little green men.” This description had long been used to describe mythical creatures such as goblins and gremlins, the latter of which were said to reek havoc on airplanes and other mechanical devices.

​Would you like to draw your own little green men? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or some other implement to shade your finished alien.​​​​

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

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Step by Step Instructions for Drawing an Alien

How to Draw Alien

1. Begin by drawing a slightly irregular circle. This will form the alien’s head.

2. From the head, extend a long curved line, doubling it back upon itself to enclose an irregular shape. This will form the alien’s body. Note how the lines come closer together to form the neck.

3. Draw the legs and feet. For the first leg, extend a long curved line from the body. Double it back upon itself, allowing the foot to be wider than the leg, and at an angle. For the second leg, again use a long, curved line, and enclose the figure by attaching it to the first line at the back of the foot.

4. Draw the alien’s arm. Extend two parallel curved lines from the shoulder, bending them at the elbow.

5. Draw the second arm. Extend two shorter parallel lines from the body. Then, extend another set of parallel lines at an angle from the first, forming the elbow and forearm.

6. Draw the hands. One hand is at rest, and it can be drawn using several short, curved lines, connected in points between the fingers and at the tips of the fingers. The other hand is raised in greeting. For this hand, you will again use several curved lines. Add short, curved lines to the palm at the base of the fingers and thumb.

7. Add facial features. Draw two large ovals for the eyes. Draw a smaller oval within each, and shade between the two. For the nose, draw two small teardrop shapes and shade them. Draw a small oval to represent the mouth, and shade within it as well. Finally, detail the mouth with a curved line beneath it.

8. For each antennae, draw two curved, parallel lines very close together. Enclose the antennae with a circle on the end.

9. Erase guide lines from the arms, legs, and antennae. Detail the torso with several curved lines.

10. Color your alien. Traditionally, aliens are represented as green in color, but use your imagination! Where will your alien land? Place him on the moon or give him a robot companion.

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