Draw a Cute Whale Doodle Motif with This Step-by-Step Art Tutorial
Are you looking for something to doodle in your bullet journal? Or maybe a motif you can use for a craft project? Maybe you just want to try drawing something new.
Well that is awesome, because today I've put together this easy-peasy tutorial so you can quickly draw a cute whale doodle!
And really? Who doesn't need more smiley sea animals in their life?
Art Materials Needed
For doodling this whale, you will need:
- A pencil ( I use a Bic mechanical pencil from the dollar store)
- A permanent black ink pen (Sharpie, Prismacolor or something similar)
- Paper of your choice (I used printer paper)
- A ruler (only if you want to make your whale a particular size.)
- Coloring materials (Markers, colored pencils, etc. I used Sharpies.)
Step 1. Draw the Body of Your Whale
For the whale's body make a loose, fat, teardrop shape. If you are anatomically inclined, you could draw something that resembles a liver. It doesn't have to be perfect. A little wobble will make it look more whal-ish.
Make a straight line low down on the whale's face. Give it a curve up at the end if your whale is happy. If he is sad or bored, you can just use a straight line. (Do whales get bored?)
Eyes are pretty important. Don't forget to one near the mouth. A simple open circle is fine for now. You can add more detail later when you ink it.
Draw a leaf shape for the "outside" fin.
Add a smaller, "peeking" fin under the whale. This is a "loose" triangle shape.
Now he doesn't have to swim in a circle.
Figure out how far you want his tail from his body. Draw an upside down "m" (or a mustache, if you prefer) for his tail fins.
Connect the tail fins to his tail with two short, curved lines. You may have to adjust your previous lines a bit if they were two straight.
Okay, all proper whale doodles are supposed to have water fountains. But my whale is underwater. So bubbles it is.
To do this, just make lots of circles in different sizes, including a few dots. Don't forget to make a flattish, dark circle on his top for his bubble blower.
Once you are happy with the bubbles, it is time to ink over the pencil lines. Do this with a permanent, fine line pen.
Wait a few minutes for the ink to dry well, then erase all the pencil lines.
When you ink, you get the chance to correct anything you don't like. Be sure to NOT ink any lines you don't wanna keep, such as where the fin overlaps the body in step 4.
Now the fun part! Color your whale with your favorite coloring materials. I used Sharpie pens here, but you can use any markers, colored pencils or watercolors that you like. I also colored a version digitally to use for other projects.
(Note: If you want to color more than one version, scan your whale before coloring. Then you can print out copies for different color variations, or color your scan with programs like PicMonkey.)
(Go here to read my full tutorial on how to color your art using PicMonkey!)
I Would Love to See Your Whale Doodle!
I hope you enjoyed this mini-tutorial. I would love to see your version of this little whale. You can tag my Instagram here, or leave me a link to a post in the comments below.