Today we have a little thing that burst onto cinema screens everywhere in 1982 by the name of E.T. The concept was based on an imaginary friend that Steven Spielberg created for himself after his parents divorced. One might think he’d create a talking teddy bear, but instead the outcome was a loose-skinned, wrinkled alien with a long neck and impossibly large eyes. This film was such a great memory from childhood, and it actually surpassed Star Wars and became the highest grossing film, until Jurassic Park came along later to beat it. So, I decided to see what the little alien would look like in a doodlewash.

My E.T. looks just as weird as the original I think. Philippe didn’t like this movie and thought it was too scary for kids. He also kept wincing as he walked by me sketching it as he thinks E.T. is extremely ugly. Many kids I went to school with thought he was “ugly cute” but many others just thought he was plain gross and “grody” looking. I was in the “ugly cute” camp, but only because of the story and the fact that this little guy was essentially abandoned on a foreign planet and just wanted to go home. I couldn’t imagine what that must be like.

Also, I had the video game on my Atari 2600 (they actually released the 5200 the same year as this movie, but I never owned that version). The game was silly fun, but not particularly amazing. I just liked it because I liked E.T. This was also the reason why I had to have Reese’s Pieces candy as well. This was the candy that the little boy, Elliott, uses to lure the alien into his room to hide him. The most iconic part of the movie is when E.T., wrapped in a blanket in the basket of a Elliott’s bike, uses his power to make the bicycle fly across the moon. Ugly or not, if this little guy could make my bicycle fly through the sky, he would have been my friend as well.

Still playing catch-up and trying to get caught up on things, and so these posts are coming to you rather later than usual. But I’m determined to keep going and wanted to thank everyone who’s continuing with me on this journey! There’s only a few days left of this little doodlewash adventure and a new one begins on Monday. Hope you’ll stay tuned with me to see what’s next! I say “with me” because as many of you know, I haven’t a clue what’s next and am just as anxious to discover what it might be.

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Azo Green, Pyrrol Red, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

47 replies on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

  1. My older daughter had a stuffed ET (not plush, some kind of soft plastic) that she carried around everywhere for about a year. It lacked the detail of your painting, but the face was very close to what you drew. I always thought it was kind of cute. And who wouldn’t want a bicycle that flies? (K)

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  2. Oh my! Your E.T. is perfectly ‘ugly cute’ (never just ‘ugly’!) Great job! Ashamedly, I haven’t seen the film (quelle surprise) but I’ve seen chunks here and there – I’ve definitely seen that magical bike scene. As for that Atari game, I must find a way to play that myself – I’m sure it’s meant to be one of the worst games EVER!😛 I’m sure it can’t be that bad, right!?

    I’m very much intrigued to see what’s coming up for February – I’m sure you’ll pull something out of the bag at the last moment, as usual. I’m trying to think what on earth you haven’t covered by now!

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    1. Thanks Jacob! Ugh…you are going to be sooooo busy this year with the movie list I’ve given you. This one is required viewing as well. Lol And the game was so strange. If I recall, you could extend his head to float up to the next screen. Hehe…or something like that. I kind of wanted to try it again myself! Hehe And who knows what I’ll end up doing…there’s tons of possibilities left! 😉

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      1. It’s on the list😉 I actually really want to see this now – I’d forgotten how cute he was!

        I’ve just got an awesome Atari emulator and this game. It’s certainly interesting – pressing space does the head thing of which you speak. But the opening music is quite adorable! Why is there the number 9999 decreasing at the bottom? Am I doing it wrong?😛

        I’m having too much fun for it to be the worst game ever though. I love games from this era!

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      2. Haha, it was too tempting with all that I’d read about it before!

        The 9999 seems to count down every time you move – perhaps it’s a score and you’re supposed to get to the end, wherever on earth that is, with as few moves as possible? Who on earth knows! But it was hilarious fun to try it out.

        On a similar doodlewash vein I also downloaded ‘Big Bird’s Egg Catch’ from 1983, but I can’t even work out how to get that past the opening screen! These old games are too complex!😉

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      3. Oh you mean you don’t? I’m sure it’s only a matter of time!😉 I would say you should call it The Doodlewash Express but I suppose that should really be saved for your train.

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  3. I’m definitely in the “Ugly-Cute” camp! I worked at a drive-in movie theatre at the time and we took our breaks outside, watching pretty much the same bloody scenes over and over! Still love the little guy…

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  4. E.T. is ugly to our human notions of beauty, perhaps, but your E.T. doodlewash is definitely ugly-cute!❤ For some reason, I thought the movie came out mid-80s instead of 82. It just felt like I was older than 18 when I watched it….well, I sure feel old now! Hah!😀

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  5. I loved ET! And though he wasn’t the adorable teddy bear, I still fell in love with him. Thinking back, what happened to ET when the government found him would be scary for younger children. It was just so sad for me to watch. Your doodlewash is wonderful with all the wrinkles! Wow! And I love his expression!

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    1. Thanks Kari!! 💕😃Yeah when Philippe said it was scary I had to think back and realized…yeah…government chasing down kids on bikes, men in hazmat suits invading your home…terrifying! But I still loved it! Glad you liked the doodlewash! And thrilled you liked the expression…I sort of improvised it a bit as I didn’t like the ones in my references. 😊


  6. Yikes, I’m trying to get caught up too Charlie. I could swear they added two additional days to the work week!! But on to the important stuff. I loved E.T. (The movie), it was magical and sweet in it’s own way. E.T. was just a charming little character, once you got beyond his exterior there was a heart of a child. Your rendering feels the same, charming!

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