Whales are not fish – in fact, they are large marine mammals. This means that they must breath air from the surface, are warm blooded, give birth to live young, and nourish their babies with milk.
Blue whales are the largest animals ever discovered on earth, bigger even than the elephant or the dinosaurs. Although enormous, though, whales are generally peaceful animals. Divers often swim alongside whales, and many tourists enjoy getting a close glimpse from a small boat.
The baleen whales eat some of the smallest animals on earth – tiny shrimp called krill. These whales feed by opening their giant mouths to let in large amounts of water. Then, the whales force the water out of their mouths, catching tiny morsels in their baleen, or brush-like teeth.
Would you like to draw your very own whale? Now you can, using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a piece of paper and a pencil. You may also want to use markers, paints, crayons, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
Notice that in each step of this drawing guide, new lines to be added are highlighted in blue. Some steps will require you to erase lines drawn in previous steps, so you may want to have an eraser handy as you dive in to this deep sea drawing tutorial.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Whale
Draw a curved line extending from the stomach. Note how this line nears the line of the back, narrowing the figure to accommodate the tail.
Draw curved lines from the mouth to the belly. This indicates the ribbed texture of the stomach of humpback whales and some other varieties.
Draw two curved lines extending from one side of the tail, allowing the lines to meet at a sharp point. This forms one half of the tail fin.
Draw a curved triangle extending from the whale’s belly to indicate the pectoral fin on the opposite side. Draw a curved line down the length of the fin.
Indicate the blowhole by drawing a curved line at the bottom of the column of water. Draw teardrop shapes around the water to indicate splashing droplets.
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