How to Draw a Common Bottlenose Dolphin Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Dolphin step-by-step.

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To draw this Dolphin step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

Below you can watch a NEW step-by-step video tutorial with NARRATED steps:

The following is a video tutorial where the steps are WRITTEN out within the video:

For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

Draw Dolphin 1

Step 1: Draw a long, narrow oval as a guide for the dolphin's body. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide.

Draw Dolphin 2

Step 2: On the right side of the oval draw an arc as a guide for the dolphin's head.

Draw Dolphin 3

Step 3: On the lower right side of the arc, draw a smaller, thinner arc as a guide for the dolphin's mouth.

Draw Dolphin 4

Step 4: On top of the body, draw a triangular shape as a guide for the dolphin's dorsal fin.

Draw Dolphin 5

Step 5: Under the dolphin's body, closer to the head, draw a thinner triangular shape as a guide for the flipper.

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