Learn how to draw a UFO. Draw a simple cartoon style flying saucer from basic shapes, including an unexpected astronaut as a bonus. An easy step by step drawing.
Today we shall learn how to draw a UFO. Now, UFOs can come in many shapes and forms. The one you see here is a by-product of our “How to draw a dog” tutorial, where the dog’s head base shape looked like a flying saucer. So that is the shape we used here.
It is also the reason why the astronaut flying the UFO is a dog. So, let’s have some fun and learn how to draw a UFO!
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How to draw a UFO: sketch drawing step by step
Step 1: Sketch the base UFO outline
Here is the basic shape of our UFO. Draw a small flat-lying oval, wider than it is tall. This will be the flying saucer base. Then add another half oval, this time standing tall, on the top. This will be the cabin.
By the way, if you would like to draw a dog rather than a UFO, you can start the drawing in the exact the same way. Seriously.
Step 2: Add a few ovals
In this step, we add two more flat ovals to build up the flying saucer base. The large one will mark the UFO body, and the small one will be the base for the jet.
Step 3: Add the UFO jet and lights
Next, add another flat oval, slightly lower than the saucer base. Join the sides of the oval with the smallest oval at the base to form the jet that powers our UFO.
Now draw a row of small circles around the UFO saucer for some positional lights. That is our simple UFO sketching done.
Step 4: Draw an astronaut
Now, since our flying saucer is a bit bare, let’s add an astronaut to the cabin. Since this entire tutorial was inspired by the cartoon dog head shape, our astronaut will be a dog as well.
Here we draw a very simple dog in a side view: draw an oval for the head and a “D” shape for the muzzle. Then add two circles for the paws and two simple lines for the body.
Step 5: Add more details to the astronaut dog
Let’s finish drawing our astronaut dog. Draw two triangle ears. Add a small oval for a nose and a “D” shaped eye. Then draw simple spaghetti arms – just two arcs. Finally, split the paws into “fingers” with two simple lines.
These are all tricks from our how to draw a dog tutorial – so check that one out if you need more detailed instructions.
Step 6: Finish the UFO cabin
The final details to add to our UFO cabin are the chair our astronaut is sitting on and some sort of steering.
The chair, drawn from the side, is a simple rounded rectangle. You can go fancy and add the top of the backrest in perspective. Check the how to draw a cube tutorial to learn the simple 3D view we are using here.
You can draw any type of steering wheel or stick or any other possible mechanism for your UFO – here we have drawn some simple bent handlebars.
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How to draw a UFO: outline drawing step by step
Step 1: Outline the UFO
It is time to outline our completed UFO sketch. Here we are outlining the flying saucer – all the lines are just a straightforward outline of the sketch. Notice how the jet at the bottom hides parts of the saucer – so do not draw those lines.
Step 2: Outline the astronaut
The next step is to outline our doggy astronaut. Again, mostly a straightforward outline of the sketch. The extra improvement here is the helmet added to the dog’s head: when outlining the head, draw the face line slightly in front of the large eye. Then add a “D” line for the visor, and a line from the muzzle to the back of the head to close the helmet at the bottom.
Step 3: Dress up the UFO with some final details
Our UFO drawing is almost done. Outline the row of positional lights – the small ovals on the flying saucer body. And then dress up the UFO with extra details.
Here we are adding an antenna to the top of the cabin. Then draw a turbine rotor at the bottom – that is the bent lines going round, which surely is the device that powers our UFO and keeps it afloat. It also creates the mighty vortex of gases coming out of the jet. Well – that is what that spiral is, anyway.
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How to draw a UFO: finished drawing
How to draw a UFO: finished outline drawing
Here is the completed drawing, after the usual cleanup of sketch lines.
Not only you have learned how to draw a UFO, but also how to draw a dog astronaut! That is pretty good work for a simple tutorial, that started from drawing, err, what, a dog head?
How to draw a UFO: finished drawing coloured-in
Our usual final step is to colour in the drawing. Our UFO has a see-through light blue glass cabin. The flying saucer body is just white, shaded with a dark blue. We have used the same dark blue to colour in the turbine.
The row of bright positional lights is red, to add some contrasting colour. More colour contrast is added by the orange-yellow-red tail of sparks coming out of the jet.
Our UFO is gently gliding through the starry night sky. By the way, if you need to learn how to draw those stars, we have a tutorial for that as well.