Grey, grainy image of Grey alien regularly reposted online

I love spooky paranormal stuff (though I don't believe a lick of it) and am curious to know the origins of this eerie illustration of a Grey alien. I've seen it reposted online a lot, but with no source.

To narrow down the sources, it is NOT:

I tried reverse image searching but I just got gibberish results and more reposts. Would love to know the source image!

  • The image is from at least 2003; web.archive.org/web/20030414201847/http://www.spacejay.com/… - It was posted alongside this other photo - web.archive.org/web/20030414201847im_/http://www.spacejay.com/…
    – Valorum
    Sep 23, 2023 at 8:33
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    UFOs and paranormal stuff are off topic here unless they are in works of fiction.
    – user14111
    Sep 23, 2023 at 8:35
  • @user14111 - This image is almost exclusively used to illustrate "real" encounters with aliens, although I've seen it on various movie sites as a placeholder image
    – Valorum
    Sep 23, 2023 at 9:01
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    @user14111; Aren't all depictions of aliens, at this point, science fiction? The "science" bit is that alien lifeforms might well exist. The fiction comes from there being, essentially, no scientific proof of that existence, and certainly no proof that they are visiting the Earth or seriously need to increase their vitamin D intake.
    – JohnHunt
    Sep 23, 2023 at 17:14
  • @user14111 yeah but as JohnHunt said, it may as well be science-fiction, and with a lot of these reposted images, they tend to originate and overlap with science-fiction art proper. Hence bringing up the Intruders animatronic that is always reposted in articles about UFOs/Greys. The image Im trying to identify could be concept art from a game/movie for all I know
    – Samzer
    Sep 23, 2023 at 18:39

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I think I've finally managed to identify this, thanks to the wayback machine crawl that was posted earlier.

This is 'Anatomy of a Sky Creature' by British artist Rod Dickinson, but edited to be in black and white, and slightly compressed.

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  • Fantastic work, and worthy of an additional reward :-)
    – Valorum
    Sep 27, 2023 at 11:32

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