Learn how to draw a great looking Humpback Whale with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Humpback Whale.
"The sea is swelling,
growing deep. Quiet, for the
whales are singing, hush."
- "Whalesong," haiku poem by Lynn Nightengale
Whale watching is a popular tourist attraction in many parts of the world, and the vocal and curious humpback whale is often the main attraction. You can create your own whale watching adventure when you learn how to draw a humpback whale.
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Humpback whales are known for their "songs." They croon haunting melodies to communicate with one another over long distances - hundreds of miles.
Sometimes, a song pattern becomes a "hit" and is adopted by one group of whales after another.
Tourists describe seeing this massive animal emerge from the depths, looking them in the eye, as "the experience of a lifetime."
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Humpback Whale
How to Draw a Great Looking Humpback Whale for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin by using long curved lines to outline the whale's lower jaw. Use one line for the top of the jaw, another for the bottom. Draw a short line at the corner of the mouth.
Easy Humpback Whale Drawing - Step 2
2. Draw the whale's large eye. Outline the square shape of the eye using a series of curved lines. Shade a circle within the eye to indicate the pupil. Contour the upper and lower lids using curved lines.
Easy Humpback Whale Drawing - Step 3
3. Extend a long curved line from the front of the mouth to trace the top of the head and back. Bend the line at the end to encompass the curved "V" shape of the small dorsal fin.
This gives them their name, "humpback." Then, draw another curved line overlapping the end of the first.
Easy Humpback Whale Drawing - Step 4
4. Extend a long curved line downward from the mouth, outlining the whale's belly. Then, use a series of overlapping curved lines to form the pectoral fin.
Notice how one line doubles back upon itself, giving the tip of the fin a three-dimensional appearance.
Easy Humpback Whale Drawing - Step 5
5. Use a curved line, wavy on top and doubled back upon itself, to enclose the remaining pectoral fin. Then, extend a long curved line from behind the first fin, completing the outline of the belly and tail.
Easy Humpback Whale Drawing - Step 6
6. Draw the flippers of the tail or caudal fin. First, extend curved lines from the sides of the tail. Notice how the narrow portion of the tail extends beyond these lines.
Then, connect the ends of the lines using two curved lines that meet in a sharp inward-facing point.
Easy Humpback Whale Drawing - Step 7
7. Rib the whale's throat with curved lines. These folds of skin allow it to gulp large amounts of seawater and filter out its food - tiny krill and plankton. Then, draw curved lines above the flipper.
Add More Details to Your Humpback Whale Picture - Step 8
8. Draw barnacles or bulges on the whale's mouth, erasing as necessary. Use a "U" shaped line for each bump.
Complete the Outline of Your Humpback Whale Drawing - Step 9
9. Texture the whale's flippers. Use curved and wavy lines.
Color Your Humpback Whale Drawing
Color your cartoon humpback whale. Whales are darker on top and lighter on the bottom as a form of camouflage. They blend in with the sunlight when creatures look from below, and with the dark ocean water when creatures look from above.
What color are humpback whales? Their backs are grey or black, appearing blue in the water. Their undersides are cream or white. A few whales are famously solid white!
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