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How to draw a humpback whale with a pencil step-by-step drawing tutorial

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Today, in our drawing tutorial, we will learn to draw a whale. Specifically, we will look at how to draw a humpback whale.

The humpback whale is rather large. Its length reaches 17-18 meters, and the maximum recorded weight is 48 tons. The humpback whale differs from other striped whales in the characteristic shape and color of the body, the shape of the dorsal fin, the size of the pectoral fins, large "warts" on the snout and at the ends of the pectoral fins, and the uneven edge of the caudal fin. The body of a humpback whale is shortened and dense, expanded in the anterior part, thinned and laterally compressed in the posterior part.

How to draw a humpback whale with a pencil step-by-step drawing tutorial

Step 1. Outline the head and the front flipper of our whale.

Start by outlining the head of the humpback whale and its flipper. Also mark the position of its eye. In the drawing below, we also added a few lines to show the whale is swimming in the ocean. You can skip these lines if you would like for now.

How to draw a humpback whale. Step 1. Outline the head and the front flipper of our whale.

Step 2. Outline the back of the whale, its tale, and mouth.

In this step, we add the lines to outline the rest of the whale's body, its tail. We also add a line to denote its mouth and they upper part of the eye.

How to draw a humpback whale. Step 2. Outline the back of the whale, its tale, and mouth.

Step 3. Draw the humpback whale in more detail.

Now that we outlined the shape of the whale's body and head, we continue to finesse the little details. Draw its tail and flippers. Then draw out the whale's eye. You will also want to denote the line separating the upper part of the whale from its belly.

How to draw a humpback whale. Step 3. Draw the humpback whale in more detail.

Step 4. Draw out the humpback's head in detail.

Draw the eye of the whale. Then draw the baleen in its mouth that substitutes teeth in whales and is used to filter krill. Lastly, draw the ventral pleats on the bottom of the whale that reach all the way to its bottom jaw.

How to draw a humpback whale. Step 4. Draw out the humpback's head in detail.

Step 5. Shading and hatching the humpback whale's drawing.

In the last step, apply coloring to the top of the whale as well as shading its bottom.

How to draw a humpback whale. Step 5. Shading and hatching the humpback whale's drawing.

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