Animals

How to Draw a Whale

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Hello! Are you excited for today’s drawing tutorial? We are!

Today, we are going to learn how to draw a fascinating animal: the whale! Even though we sometimes think of them like fish because they are marine animals, whales are mammals just like humans.

Did you know one of the biggest animals on earth is the Blue whale? It’s hard to wrap your head around how big these enormous animals actually are!

So, let’s learn to draw a whale right now. Find some drawing materials and let’s go. Have fun!

How to Draw a Whale — Let’s get started!

Preview of whale drawing
Preview of whale drawing

Materials:

  • a piece of paper
  • a pencil for the guiding lines and sketching
  • an eraser
  • a black sharpie or a pen for the outlines
  • markers or colored pencils for coloring
  • our printable drawing guide (Join my Email List below to get this Tutorial)

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Time needed:

15 minutes.

Step 1 – Draw the top of the whale.

How to Draw a Whale - Step 1 – Draw the top of the whale.

We’re going to start by drawing the top contour, or outline, of the whale. Start in the lower right section of the page. Go from there and make a big arc up to the left. The right side should be lower than the left, and the curve should fill a good amount of the page. Check out the photo!

Step 2 – Continue the contour of the whale.

How to Draw a Whale - Step 2 – Continue the contour of the whale.

The whale will be facing to the left. So, let’s make the left side of the animal larger to form the head. Continue the curve where you left off.

Gradually keep drawing the outline of the whale. It should taper as it extends down and to the right to form the tail. Good job!

Step 3 – Start drawing the tail fins.

How to Draw a Whale - Step 3 – Start drawing the tail fins.

Did you know some whales, like humpback whales, actually have unique markings on the underside of the tail? These can identify humpback whales in the same way fingerprints can identify humans. Crazy, right?

Of course, a whale’s tail helps it swim efficiently through the ocean. We’ve got to add a tail to our whale now! In the gap on the bottom right of the curve, draw two lines extending outwards. This forms part of the outline of the whale’s tail fin.

Step 4 – Finish the fin.

How to Draw a Whale - Step 4 – Finish the fin.

Draw two more diagonal lines to form an inverted point to conclude the tail. Check out the photo!

Good job!! We’re done with the main outline of the whale.

Step 5 – Draw the eye of the whale.

How to Draw a Whale - Step 5 – Draw the eye of the whale.

Whales have eyes, of course, but they tend to rely on other senses more, such as hearing.

On the left side of the whale, where the head is, draw a small dot to represent the eye. Since we are drawing from the side, the only one eye of the whale is visible. Good job!

Step 6 – Add the mouth!

How to Draw a Whale - Step 6 – Add the mouth!

Let’s draw a small mouth. Make it smile! Just to the left of the eye, draw a small curve for the mouth.

There’s a lot of mind-blowing facts about whales, but one of the craziest things is how much they eat! Humpback whales, on average, can eat around 5,000 pounds of fish, krill, and plankton during feeding season?

Step 7 – Add detail to the body.

How to Draw a Whale - Step 7 – Add detail to the body.

In this step, we’re going to add some perspective to the body. We are drawing the whale from the profile, so we need to add a line to form some perspective of the belly.

Draw a curved line right inside the belly. It should be just about an inch above the lower outline of the whale.

Check out the photo!

Step 8 – Draw a fin!

How to Draw a Whale - Step 8 – Draw a fin!

Draw the fin. In the middle of the whale, draw a fin. These are called flippers, or sometimes pectoral fins. It should be the shape of a slightly crooked U.

Step 9 – Draw the other fin.

How to Draw a Whale - Step 9 – Draw the other fin.

We’re nearly done. Below the belly, draw another small curve. This represents the other fin. It should look like it is on the other side of the body. Make it a bit smaller than the fin from Step 8. Good job!

Step 10 –  Color in your whale!

How to Draw a Whale - Step 10 –  Color in your whale!

Find some colors to fill in your masterpiece. Color in the background, too—make it look like it’s swimming in the ocean!

You’re all done drawing your whale! Give it a name!!

Pin it now, Draw later!

We hope you had fun following this drawing tutorial, we sure did! If you haven’t already, maybe you’ll get to see one of these magnificent animals in person. Whale-watching is a really cool wildlife viewing experience.

Share your masterpiece with friends in person or online using the social icons on this page.

Thanks for drawing with us—we’ve got loads more of tutorials for you to check out. Check out the turtle and shark for more aquatic-themed ones. See you next time!

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