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How To Draw A Whale

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Whales are likely the most majestic of all the marine animals that we get to see. They can be huge and are generally not as busy as most sea animals that we get to witness. Finding yourself in awe of a blue whale is something that is bound to happen. This is why learning to draw one should fascinate you just as much. Learn how to complete your whale drawing by following these easy steps. 

Step 1: Draw the Eye

First things first, it’s important for you to ensure that your whale has the main body parts that he needs to move around the ocean. The most important detail that you’ll see in your completed whale drawing is the eye. So, take your white construction paper and your black pen to draw this eye. Move your black pen slightly towards the bottom left of your page. This should be about a third of your paper. Now draw a circle that’s the size of a grape on your paper.  It needs to be a full round circle. 

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Step 2: Draw the Mouth and Upper Body

To start drawing the mouth, you want to move your black pen slightly below your completed grape-sized circle. Aim for at least 60° from below your circle. Now, draw an almost diagonal line that goes from below the eye towards the left of your construction paper. Don’t make it too long, then move up at an almost 90° angle towards the top of your page. 

When you reach the top third of your page, you should slightly curve this line down in a diagonal direction until you reach the middle of your paper. Now, slightly curve your line upwards and then move back up again. 

Step 3: Connect the Rest of the Body 

Move back to where your mouth started. Draw a line slightly parallel to the straight line that you drew below the eye. Move this line towards the right of your page. It should end at the tail of your whale. Connect the upper and lower ends of your tail. Then, your whale is finished. 

How to Draw a Whale in 9 Easy Steps

Whales are the gentle giants of the ocean. As big as they are, they never intentionally attack humans. In fact, there are certain cases of whales helping humans and protecting them from shark attacks. That is the reason why these ocean giants are gentle on the inside and will most likely help you when it senses danger.


And now, it’s time for another tutorial on how to draw this certain mammal. Follow these easy steps to learn how to draw a whale.

Let’s start your whale by drawing a circle. You may use a cup or anything that you can use to trace a perfect circle. This first step will be your head guide and at the same time the foundation of your entire drawing.

Step 2: Start the Tail

The next thing that you’ll need to do is to start drawing the tail. The upper part of the tail should be drawn like a large letter V. The left edge of the v shape will then need to connect to the lower part of the circle by drawing a curve line.

Step 3: Add the Flukes

After drawing the tail, it’s time to add the flukes. Flukes are what whales use to propel themselves forward in the water. As the whales swim, they move the flukes up and down to push themselves forward with each stroke. Draw the fluke on the edge of your tail by drawing two leaf-like shapes that are opposite to each other. 

Step 4: Connect the Tail and The Fluke

Now that you have your flukes and tails. It’s now time to connect both parts. You can do this by simply removing the inner lines of your flukes and tails. And remember, only remove the inner lines of these parts. This then will connect your whale’s tail and its flukes.

Step 5: Remove The Extra Line on the Body

The next step that you’ll need to do is to remove the extra line on the body. Simply erase the inner line of the circle that separates the head from the tail. After removing that one, you will now have a seamless connection from the head, all the way to the flukes.

In this step, we will start drawing the eyes. Draw two circles on the upper right side of the head. One circle should be drawn larger than the other.

Step 7: Complete the Eyes and the Mouth

Now, let’s complete the eyes by drawing a shaded and bitten cookie shape inside the eyes. The cookie shapes should look like it’s been bitten only on the right side. And make sure that you shade this shape to black to emphasize the pupil of the eye.

Step 8: Draw Waterdrops on top of the Blowhole

Whales breathe air into their lungs just like humans do. They breathe through nostrils located right on top of their heads. And these nostrils are called blowholes. And when they breathe through the blowholes, they unleash a large volume of water that shoots into the air. Likewise, let’s imitate that phenomenon by drawing three water drops on top of the head of your whale/

Step 9: Finish Up!

Now that you’ve got everything done and ready. Feel free to unleash your creativity by adding colors to your drawing. And because you are free, you can add any color that you like –– depending on your own preference. And after adding the colors that you like, you now have your completed whale drawing! Congratulations!

Frequently Asked Questions about Whales

1. Can whales sing?

One of the most interesting facts that we likely don’t know about whales is that they can sing. If you’ve ever heard some sound coming from a whale, you haven’t imagined it. Whales are known for their singing capabilities. However, it’s only the male whales who have gifted vocal cords. They sing as a way to lure and serenade their female counterparts. If you ever want to listen to a melodic sound by whales, you should hang around some blue or humpback whales.

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2. How long do they live for?

It depends. Since there are many species of whales, we must acknowledge that they have different attributes. These can affect certain things about them. For instance, some whales have a longer lifespan compared to others. In other cases, other whales have been studied against us to discover that they have the same lifespan as we do. So, it’s not surprising that there are whales that can live up until they are 85 years old.

3. How do whales talk?

Since we now know that whales can sing, it should follow logically that they can communicate effectively somehow. Whales are categorized into two suborders. We can either find baleen or toothed ones. This already highlights that they’re different from each other. These differences are also observed in the way that they talk to each other. Yet, the most common way for them to talk is through echolocation. This means that they use sonar-like abilities to find each other. And to alert each other of any potential dangers out there. 

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