How to Draw ET

Cartoon drawing of ET

Another movie-focused lesson, let's learn how to draw ET - one of the world's most famous alien ever, from the early nineteen eighties movie, known as "E.T. - The Extraterrestrial".

Still remembering the first time I saw it - or him, I think one of the best parts of all about this character, aside from his obviously cool, glowing finger - is the simple fact, that he absolutely loves...

Reece's Pieces.

And yes, me too!

Well, let's go ahead and draw this neat-looking alien, a simplified cartoon version that pays homage to the original, in the film.

Here goes!


How to Draw ET, The Extraterrestrial

In tackling this character - trying to find the best way, to show someone (you) how to draw ET...

I decided to come up with a simple framework of basic shapes first... one the can really help you visualize his structure and shape.

In the first phase below - you can see how really, (did you know his design was modeled after poet, Carl Sandburg, Albert Einstein, and a pug dog?) - that his head can be broken down into three simple circles - like so...

Framework for drawing ET

In this stance that I've got him in - holding a box of Reece's Pieces in his left hand, and showing one of the candies with his right...

You can see how in the next step, that I indicated the location of the candy and box, with a small purple circle (candy), and a small purple rectangle (box).

Whatever helps!

Developing a framework for drawing ET

Fading out our framework - and moving on to the actual lines, here's how to draw ET step by step, beginning with the nose and mouth area, like so...

Drawing ET's nose and mouth

Fading what we just drew to grey, next up - go ahead and sketch in the cheeks, and more of the nose and mouth area, like this...

Drawing ET's face

OK.

Continuing forward - next step, go ahead and sketch in the perimeter of ET's head - taking to account, that in a way... it's like two big circles on top (left and right) - and one smaller circle at the bottom - centered.

Here's how to draw ET, with a few more details added to the head...

Drawing ET's head and neck

Moving along still - next up, draw in the eyes, and also...

Go down to the middle-body area, and sketch in the arms - as well as part of his torso.

Here's how mine looks, so far...

Drawing ET's eyes and arms

Forward again...

With those parts of the drawing in place so far - ones that would make sense to draw first *before* others...

Here's how to draw ET's hands - one grasping a box of candy, and the other - holding one single candy...

Drawing ET's hands

With the left hand drawn - you now go ahead, and sketch in the box below. Also, on right hand - go ahead and draw in the index finger, as well as a small curve.

Here's how to draw them, below...

Drawing ET's body

Time for some details - having come this far.

Complete ET's hand, and sketch in a few lines, similar to how I've done in the example below. Notice - how if you look at a more realistic, movie image of ET...

You'll see that he's WAY more detailed than this - with all sorts of wrinkles and lines - especially in and around the eyes.

And that's OK - because here, we're simply aiming to create a "likeness" to the character - something I think we're doing a pretty good job of so far, in this cartoon drawing lesson...

Drawing ET's fingers, food and feet

Well, minus the framework - and sketching in the final parts of the feet - here's what ET looks like (I fixed up the eyes a bit too) - in the final drawing...

Lineart drawing of ET

And then, colored...

Picture of ET the Extraterrestrial

And in the very end - we've got a cool-looking cartoon likeness, to pretty much everyone on the planet's...

Favorite movie alien of all time!

And that's how to draw ET. Hope you enjoyed the lesson. :-)