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How To Draw An Octopus

In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to draw an octopus. Octopuses are probably my favorite sea creature due to their intelligence, and ability to camouflage themselves in the most amazing ways! So get your pencils ready and let’s learn how to draw an octopus!


How To Draw An Octopus Step 1

Step 1

To get our octopus started, we will first need to draw a large triangular shape with a smaller oval on top. This will become the main section of the octopus as well as the top of the head.


How To Draw An Octopus Step 2

Step 2

Next, draw a small eye with a horizontal pupil in the oval from the last step. Also, draw a large circle next to the body to create the octopus’ mantle.


How To Draw An Octopus Step 3

Step 3

Now we need to erase all of the overlapping lines, and draw a circular shape inside the mantle to create the funnel that the octopus uses to move water in and out of its body.


How To Draw An Octopus Step 4

Step 4

Now for the fun part! Everyone knows that octopuses have eight legs. The easiest way to draw these legs is to start with a thin flow line which will help us map out the basic size and position of each arm.


How To Draw An Octopus Step 5

Step 5

Following the general flow of the line from the last step, we are now going to flesh out the rest of the octopus’ arm.


How To Draw An Octopus Step 6

Step 6

Repeat the previous two steps to form the rest of the octopus’ arms. Like I said earlier, octopuses have eight arms—but you don’t necessarily need to show all eight. A couple can be hidden behind the octopus’ body!


How To Draw An Octopus Step 7

Step 7

All that’s left to do now is to give our octopus some color. Octopuses come in a wide range of colors, and for this one I’ve chosen a pale red with a beige tone for the underside of the tentacles. And there you have it, we’re done! I hope you enjoyed learning to draw an octopus with me. If you did, be sure to check back for plenty more tutorials. Happy drawing!