When you want to learn how to draw a whale, but one that is maybe more cute than realistic, this tutorial might be just what you need.
When you need to learn how to draw a whale, and you’d like it to be pretty easy, try this whale out for size. It’s shaped rather like the sperm whale, with the blunt head, but the rest is pure cartoon fun. The smiling mouth and cute eye add a fun finishing touch.
Drawing tip: If your students are young, and you notice that they tend to draw small and not fill up their paper, then I’d like to add a reminder about how useful center guides can be. My tutorials have dashed lines so you can see them, but students can easily just fold their paper in half to create their own. A fold in both directions does the job. It helps them gauge when their lines should be in the top or b0tt0m or right or left section. Try it out if you haven’t already done so. I’ve had teachers take time out to write how much it helped, so that’s why I stand by that advice.
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How to Draw a Whale Step by Step Materials
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
How to Draw a Whale Directions
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Whale
- Start the bottom of the body as shown.
- Add a head that narrows towards the tail.
- Draw the end of the tail.
- Add the lip line.
- Draw a simple eye and brow.
- Add a small flipper near the bottom.
- Erase inside flipper and draw the spout.
- Erase inside the spout and draw a wavy water line.
- Trace with a marker and color.