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How to Draw a Dolphin

Today I am going to teach you how to draw a dolphin. Playful, graceful, and intelligent, dolphins enamor people young and old, all over the world. If you’ve ever wished you could have a dolphin of your very own, well, you can’t! You can however, learn to draw one in just a few simple steps. Close enough, right? Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:


The first step in drawing a dolphin is like most other tutorials I post — Draw the largest single shape to create a base. For a dolphin, draw a banana-like shape, with a triangle at the end to serve as the tail. This shape should be large and round at the top where the head will be, and tapering off to a point where the tail goes.

Next, you can add the basic shapes of the dorsal fin, eye, flippers, and mouth. The dorsal fin of your dolphin should be placed around two-thirds of the way up toward the head. The flippers should sit almost directly below the dorsal fin, just a slight bit farther up toward the head.

After you have the basic outline of your dolphin drawn, you can add the finishing touches. Add a “teardrop” contour to the flippers to give them a more realistic shape. Erase any lines that separate the fins, tail, and mouth from the body.

This is also the time to add shading, and create a glossy look for your dolphin. Shine is created by placing dark and light tones close to eachother, using clean lines. In this instance, white highlights should be as white as possible to convey a wet look.

How To Draw A Dolphin Video

If you’d like to see the process of drawing a dolphin in action, I posted a video tutorial to my YouTube account, which you can watch below! Enjoy!