In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Humpback Whale step-by-step.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
To draw this Humpback Whale 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.
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a circle near the left side of the paper as a guide for the front part of the humpback whale's body. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: To the right, draw another circle using the same technique as a guide for the back portion of the body. Make this circle bigger than the first one and place it slightly higher. The farther apart you place these circles, the longer the whale's body will be.
Step 3: Far off to the left, make a small mark for the first part of the guide for the head. Connect the mark to the first circle to create a big, narrow, sideways arc as a guide for the humpback whale's head. Pay attention to the size of the arc in relation to the first circle. The base should be wide and the tip narrow.
Step 4: Connect the tops of the circles using a long line for the first part of the torso. Connect the bottoms of the circles using another long line to complete the guide for the humpback whale's torso.
Step 5: From the top of the second circle, draw a long, wavy line as a guide for the top part of the back portion of the humpback whale's body. Sketch lightly at first. Add another wavy line at the bottom to complete the guide. Pay attention to the lengths of these lines. The base should be thick and the tip pointy. The shape should slope down and then curve up slightly at the tip.