How to Draw A Xenomorph
How to Draw A Xenomorph. The history of cinema is full of iconic and recognizable monsters that have given countless people nightmares. In 1979, the film Alien introduced a chilling notion of what a predatory alien species might look like.
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The design was unlike any other depiction of an alien and is still popular today. The Xenomorph has appeared in many movies, video games, comics, and more, and many people enjoy learning how to draw a Xenomorph.
For fans of this intimidating Alien, this guide is the perfect way to learn how to portray him in some artwork.
How to Draw A Xenomorph
Artist H.R. Giger designed the traditional Xenomorph plan, and the Head of the Alien is one of the most recognizable aspects of the design. For this reason, we will start with the head for this first step of our guide on drawing a xenomorph. The crown of the head is a long, rounded shape that extends down the back.
Then you can use a curved line to draw that section of the head as it appears in the reference image. The Xenomorph’s face is small and stocky compared to the rest of the head, allowing you to use slightly more angular lines for the small open mouth.
In this second step of your xenomorph drawing, you’ll add details and complements to the Alien’s head and chest area. First, add some jagged lines inside the open mouth to create sharp teeth for the Alien.
We’re then going to draw some curved lines inside the outline of the head to give it more definition. Next, we’ll start with the creature’s arms and chest, and you can begin with this arm with some curved lines.
The arms are pretty skinny and muscular; for now, we’re only going to draw shoulders, biceps, and elbows. The Alien’s chest is relatively thin and bony, and with some curved lines, you can show off the Xenomorph’s skinny chest.
You can now complete the outlines for the rest of the Alien’s limbs in this third step of our guide to drawing a xenomorph. First, remove the hand at the end of the arm you started in the previous step. This hand will have long fingers culminating in sharp, pointed claws.
Next, draw a similar-looking arm on the other side and raise it slightly. The legs are then removed with curved lines to show them folded under the Alien. These legs are much thicker than the arms, making the Alien appear poised to pounce.
In this fourth part of your xenomorph drawing, you’ll add more iconic elements to the Alien. The first is the thick, rounded spikes that sprout from the creature’s back. Draw three of these curvy shapes, and then we can add the tail.
The Xenomorph’s tail is long and curved, with sharp points protruding from the tip. There’s also a lot of line detail on the bottom to make it look divided into multiple segments.
The tail ends in a comprehensive, sharp triangle shape, and once it’s drawn, we can move on to the final details in the next step.
You’re done with the outline of the Alien, so in this step of our how-to draw a xenomorph guide, we’ll finish off the details and finishing touches. The Xenomorph’s legs have several rounded and pointed shapes with lines drawn into them for some texture.
Finally, add subtle line detail throughout the Xenomorph drawing to make it even more dynamic.
You might have some extra details and additions to top it off. One thought would be to draw a scene, and you could use your favorite location from the various alien movies as inspiration.
There are a few variations of Xenomorph throughout the Alien franchise, but this Xenomorph theme has the original’s classic dark color scheme.
In our reference image, we chose dark gray tones with accents of lighter gray and blue tones.
The Alien in the movies has a slight sheen, so using these lighter shades helps make the skin a little shinier. Will you use similar colors to recreate the classic Xenomorph design, or will you use different colors to create a different variation? We can’t wait to see what you’re looking for!
Your Xenomurph Drawing is Finished!