How to Draw an Orca Killer Whale Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw an Orca or Killer Whale step-by-step.

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All of the tutorials on 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.


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To draw this Orca 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 Orca 1

Step 1: Draw a long, narrow oval as a guide for the orca's body. The shape of the oval will determine the final shape of the whale, so try not to make the oval too long or too thin. The end result should be similar to a pill. Be sure to leave enough room on either side so you can draw the rest of the orca.

Draw Orca 2

Step 2: On the left side of the oval, draw a long arc as a guide for the orca's head. The length of the arc should be about one-third the size of the original oval.

Draw Orca 3

Step 3: Draw two intersecting lines inside the orca's head to help you place the facial features later on.

Draw Orca 4

Step 4: Draw a tall triangle above the middle section of the original oval as a guide for the orca's dorsal fin.



Draw Orca 5

Step 5: Draw a U-shaped arc under the section where the head meets the original oval as a guide for the killer whale's pectoral fins.

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