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How to Draw a Whale

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.

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Drawing of a Whale

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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Preview of the step by step Whale drawing tutorial



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Whale

  1. Start the bottom of the body as shown.

  2. Add a head that narrows towards the tail.

  3. Draw the end of the tail.

  4. Add the lip line.

  5. Draw a simple eye and brow.

  6. Add a small flipper near the bottom.

  7. Erase inside flipper and draw the spout.

  8. Erase inside the spout and draw a wavy water line.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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