How to Draw an Alien Planet

For as long as humans have been able to wonder about space, there have been far more questions left unsolved than those we have been able to answer – namely, whether there is life elsewhere in the universe, and the form that alien planets may take. In just a few short steps, we will learn how to create our very own alien planet – let’s get started!


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Get a blank sheet of paper, a gray pencil and a drawing compass, and make a large semicircle emerging from the bottom of your page, roughly in the center.


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Take a blue pen and outline certain sections of the semicircle – the curves at the bottom, and a small section on the left-hand side of the shape.


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Use the blue pen and a ruler to add a straight line connecting the bottom of your semicircle and extending out slightly on either side.


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Now use your blue pen to add a series of oval shapes to the surface, and on the outside edge of the semicircle – this will be the planet for your alien!


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Next, add two “alien legs” ascending upwards from the top of the planet – these should have two curved feet, joined at the bottom in an inverted “V” shape, and curving up on the outside, leaving a gap at the top.


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Now add a horizontal line to close the gap and curve this upwards to create the bottom of the shirt. On the right-hand side, add two parallel lines, curving down to meet a hand at the bottom. Then, add two parallel lines heading out to the left-hand side of the page. Add a line to show the end of the shirt.


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Add two parallel, vertical lines with a ruler beside the lines you just drew, tucked inside the gap in the outline – these will be transformed into the flagpole for the successful astronaut!


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Now add a flag to the top of the flagpole by creating a slightly curved square shape emerging from the left. At the bottom of this, add a small “loop”, and use this to create the bottom of another square, to the left of the first, to help your flag flutter in the “wind”.


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Add two small, horizontal and parallel marks in the middle of the first square.


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Now, return to the body of the astronaut. Add a small, semicircle shape to the left arm, roughly where the elbow would be. Then, draw a curved line moving from the right hand, down and across to the top of the legs, and back up to join the body. Echo this on the other side.


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Now, add the helmet to your astronaut by drawing a circle on top of the body, and adding a “rim” around the bottom of this to create the seal.


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Now, add another, smaller circle inside the first.


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Then, add some smaller shapes inside this inner circle – draw a crescent moon shape on the right-hand side, and two dots – one large, one small, to the left of the inner circle.


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Use the blue pen to fill in most of the inner circle, leaving the shapes you just drew empty for now.


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Draw two straight lines on either side of the body, and then draw a small rectangle on the center of the body. Connect this rectangle to the neck with a straight line.


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Now, add small shapes to either side of the helmet – these should be almost like square “C” shapes, with the “C” reversed on the right-hand side.


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Add a small line to each of these “C” shapes, effectively cutting them in half. Then, add two parallel lines ascending from the right hand “C” shape, and top this with a circle to create an antenna.


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Draw additional oval shapes on the planet, under the legs.


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Now add a shape to the right-hand side of the original curve of the planet – this should have three “bumps” emerging from the top, curved sides, and join at the bottom in a wavy line.


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Then, add a couple of smaller circles inside the shape – it will soon become an alien companion!


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Now, add two small arms to your alien, one on each side of the body, at opposite angles – almost as though it is waving!


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Grab a black pen and add a smaller circle just inside the top circle on the alien. Then, draw two small dots at the top of the bottom shape, and a small “crescent” shape just below this. Use the black pen to fill in the rest of the shape, leaving these areas blank.


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Next, use an eraser to remove the pencil marks, leaving you with strong, bold outlines.


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Take a pencil and a drawing compass and draw a large circular shape behind the astronaut figure, starting on one side of the planet, and curving over to meet the other.


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Now use a gray pen to add tiny dots and stars all around the outside of this large circle.


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Use a cyan pen to fill in the main body of the circle…


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And then once again erase the pencil marks so that you have a strong, bold outline.


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Now use a red pen to fill in the bottom of the planet, drawing a line from the bottom left-hand corner to around halfway up the shape on the right.


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Use a pink pen to outline along the inside of the top of the planet, and around the edges of the shapes you created here earlier.


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Now use a light red pen to fill in the top of the planet with color.


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With an orange pen, add color to the bottom of the flag on both sides, as well as the outline of the top and bottom of the astronaut’s shirt.


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Now, use a light orange pen to fill in the remainder of the flag and the shirt…


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And add an outline to the right-hand side of your alien with a green pen.


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Now switch to a light green pen to fill in the rest of your alien.


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Fill in the shoes with blue color, using a blue pen.


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Take a gray pencil and use this to add color to the right-hand side of your astronaut’s helmet and body.


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Now fill in the patch on the arm with a red pen.


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Use a cyan pen to add color to the shapes inside the helmet…


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And finish things off by using a red pen to add colors and tones to the surface of the alien planet – you can be a little creative here!


And now you have created your very own alien planet – why not take some time to consider the inhabitants, and bring them to life through another series of artworks?

The world of science fiction is awash with alien life; from the friendly friend discovered in ET, to the theories and stories circulating around Area 51. In recent years, the line between sci-fi and scientific reality has become increasingly blurred, as research and technology has made incredible advances.

In recent years, the rover “Curiosity” has determined that the environment habitable for microbial life, with wet, warm surroundings. In other words, early Mars had all of the components required for life – the necessary chemicals, a constant source of energy and water, and a stable atmosphere which sustained for millions of years.

While we cannot know the exact situation which existed, it seems possible that if the conditions were perfect for sustaining life on Mars, then this may have been the case elsewhere in the universe, such as Europa, the moon of Jupiter, or Enceladus, the moon of Saturn.

In the modern world, scientists, astronomers and astronauts have worked hard in an attempt to determine whether any of the planets still have the potential to sustain life – and the news is promising for any fans of sci-fi looking to make contact with alien life – the statistics show that there is a high probability that we are far from alone in the universe.

The real question, of course, is just what form this life may take, whether we could actually make contact and, whether those beings would be friendly and happy to be contacted… or if they could pose an intergalactic threat – ultimately, only time will tell.

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