How to Draw Kang and Kodos

Kang and Kodos cartoon image

This cartoon drawing lesson, it's Kang and Kodos - two popular characters, from the hit show, "The Simpsons".

Of course, given that these aliens - look so much alike...

Really, we'll do just fine - drawing one.

And then after, if you like... please go ahead and draw the other.

To the drawing board!


How to Draw the Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons

If one particular animal were to come to mind, looking at Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons, it would definitely have to be...

Octopus.

Looking at an image of the characters - and then comparing either, with the shape an form of an octopus, I came up with the following arrangement of simple shapes - something to help us stay on track, as we go about making this Simpson alien...

Look close to how it's "supposed to".

Here's the framework...

How to draw Kang and Kodos - a simple framework

And next, fading out the lines...

Please go ahead and begin drawing Kang and Kodos, starting with the eye, and following up with the ear.

As can be seen by the grey curved lines, we know the alien's head - is turned slightly to its left.

This base - can help us visualize the 3-dimensional nature, that the final image, will eventually take on.

How to draw Kang and Kodos - drawing the eye and the ear

OK.

A few more lines, and gradually bring the shape of the alien's head into view.

Just like this...

How to draw Kang and Kodos - drawing the head

You can see how I'm using that long rectangle - representing the head of Kang and Kodos.

This helps to give us a sense, of where exactly - we should place his eyes and mouth. The distance apart, will make all the difference in just how similar our drawing, looks to the original characters - in The Simpsons...

How to draw Kang and Kodos - drawing the head and mouth

Fading out the lines that we've already drawn, to grey - and continuing on with new lines - those which appear solid black...

Keep going with your Kang and Kodos picture - moving on to the mouth area...

How to draw Kang and Kodos - drawing the teeth

Truly - it's such a delicate process - knowing where and how to place each line, *and also*...

Taking into account just how close up, and/or far back - various parts (lines) are.

It makes drawing something SO MUCH EASIER, when you can think this way. For example, it's only logical that we began with the eye. And it's also only logical, that gradually from this point forward...

We slowly move outward from it - placing first, those lines which appear closer to the observer - and after...

Those which appear, further away...

How to draw Kang and Kodos - drawing the head details

Great example in the next step.

Notice how the tentacles of Kang and Kudos are seen, one behind the other - in accordance with *just how close THEY SHOULD* appear, given the position and angle of which our character is stationed?

If you take the time to think about this before-hand, then you've already got an edge - with respect to how much easier it will be, to place the rest of your lines.

How to draw Kang and Kodos - drawing the spike and tentacles

The dome, over the head of Kang and Kudos - was a bit tricky to get right.

The orange circle, from the framework - *I think* - really helps to cement the curvature of the top.

From this point, down towards the collar - it's a simple matter of eyeing out the best and straightest path, while at the very same time - creating a smooth transition from the curved top of the glass, to the straightened sides...

How to draw Kang and Kodos - drawing the glass and tentacles

Darken all those lines - and here's what we've got in the end...

How to draw Kang and Kodos - simple cartoon image

And then WOW - kick things up quite a bit more, and with a splash of color (shading taken into account)...

How to draw Kang and Kodos cartoon drawing image

It's a finished product that we can certainly agree...

Does quite a bit of justice to the original Kang and Kodos, from The Simpsons.

And that's that!

Practice, practice, practice, and repeat!

See you next time.