How to Draw a Mars Attacks Alien

How to draw a Mars Attacks alien

So here in this lesson - drawing a "Mars Attacks alien"...

Let's go ahead an do just that - except, instead of the skull-headed, menacing martians as seen in the movie...

See if you can make yours a bit less sinister (I you like), sort of how I've done with its face in the example above.

Of course...

Do whatever you feel creatively inclined to do! :-)

To the lesson...


Drawing a Mars Attacks Alien

OK then - first thing in drawing our alien from the movie "Mars Attacks" - is if it helps of course - to draw a simple framework of basic shapes... something to help cement the shape and form of our character, earlier on.

Looking below though, you can see the framework may not be so simple - in that yes, it's humanoid.

Little circles and lines - representing the limbs, joints, etc. - see if you can come up with something similar, whether you actually draw it out - or whether you simply visualize it in mind - head of time.

Here it is...

Mars Attacks alien framework drawing

A couple more things here - I added a purple line for where its gun will rest, in hand... and also - an orange "line of action" - something that can help also, to visualize the overall stance of the Mars Attacks alien.

Here it is...

Mars Attacks alien - completed framework drawing

OK then...

Fading our framework out to grey - or just simply, laying down the lines on a plain white piece of paper or screen...

Here's a great way to begin - starting with the left eye, nose area, and also - the initial portion of the bottom of its space helmet...

Mars Attacks alien - drawing the eyes

A little further now, and working around the face - one that I've gone out of my way with, to make look much less menacing (even cute!)...

Go ahead and sketch in a few curved lines - to bring out more of the head (cheeks, brows, mouth, chin) - and yes, more of the bottom of the helmet, too...

Mars Attacks alien - drawing the face and chest area

Further still, and now we can go up behind the face - and sketch in part of the head, as well as the neck.

Appearing further back, it makes sense to leave these parts for *after* the face is drawn. It's easier this way.

And yes, move on down the character - and sketch in the hands/gloves, part of the chest, and the shoulders - just like this...

Mars Attacks alien - drawing the head and hands

Position in space (front to back) taken into account...

Next, it makes sense to draw in the other half of the upper head (note the 3/4 tilt), and also - various other simple lines, that just sort of "make sense" to put in place, at this stake of the Mars Attacks alien lesson.

Like so...

Mars Attacks alien drawing the torso, waist and arms

Leaving open areas - just like I've done above, with the feet and the knees, and the groin area...

Can help, to more easily place your lines - in the next step. I say "can" - as not everyone does it this way. Some people prefer to keep right on going - one part connected to the next, when drawing.

Truly though, I think it really helps to have the "BIG picture" in mind - as much as possible when drawing.

This way, you are always aware of proportion, as you're not "tunnel vision creating" - where it's possible to lose track along the way.

OK, next up - get creative, and throw a bunch of shapes together for a gun - and yes, also... draw in the rest of the legs!

Mars Attacks alien - drawing the gun and legs

So cool, this is such a neat likeness to the Mars Attacks alien in the movie!

One last thing though - first, minus the framework, here it is with black and white lines only...

Mars Attacks alien image

And then of course - best part as always...

Cartoon drawing of a Mars Attacks alien

Bringing our character to life, with some color!

How cool is that!?

Oh, and if you're wondering how I did the brain area - I actually used a "rock pattern" in Photoshop, and then faded out the opacity to reveal a light to dark orange gradient, underneath.

Worked pretty well, I'd say.

See you again for the next lesson!