How To Draw an Octopus (Step by Step)


How To Draw an Octopus! Drawing is an activity of expression and communication that most of us love to do, no matter at what age.

The Octopus

The octopus is a charming unusual sea creature. The octopus has no bones, and it can distort its body into numerous shapes. The octopus can change the shade of its skin to mix in with its environmental factors or when it senses danger. It has eight arms considered as tentacles that are furnished with various suction cups. This marine animal moves by pushing water out of its empty trunk. Octopi are discovered everywhere in the world, in subtropical, tropical, and mild shallow water.

Did you know that if you are discussing more than one octopus, three plural types of the word are linguistically right – octopuses, octopi, or octopods?

Are you interested in painting and drawing and are you looking for ways to encourage and polish this habit? Are you fascinated by mysterious sea creatures and looking for helpful tips on them and especially on how to draw an easy octopus? If this sounds good to you, continue reading our post below.

Draw an Octopus

Do you want to draw your octopus? You can learn how to draw an octopus with the assistance of this basic, bit-by-bit drawing instructional exercise.

In this illustration, we will show you the best way to draw an octopus. In our childhood, we have often tried making the tentacles but using this tutorial you will be able to draw this tricky part as well and completely learn how to draw an easy octopus. To make an entire ocean scene, you can reach out to our shark tutorial drawing as well.

What You Need

  • Our pintables
  • Paper
  • Pencil/ Marker
  • Coloring supplies

How To Draw Octopus Step by Step

Here, we take a look at certain directions to learn the best way on how to draw an octopus for kids.

Step 1:

Draw an inverted letter U to sketch the head of the octopus. Make little curves at the ends of the shape making it round towards the inside. It may look like a horse shoe.

Did you know there are almost 300 octopus species?

Step 2:

Now draw two curves or brackets starting from the open ends of the head on each side pointing outwards. The octopus head is being shaped so easily; isn’t it?

Another interesting fact about octopus is that they even have three hearts along with blue blood.

Step 3:

Now it’s time to draw tentacles. You can begin from any side first. Starting from the bracket line, draw the tentacles pointing upwards. The tentacles should be wavy to make them look more realistic.

Repeat the same process on the other side of the octopus head to complete the other tentacle as well. This forms the first two of the eight legs of the octopus. We drew them pointing up to leave space for the other six tentacles.

Step 4:

Have you noticed that we are moving pretty fast? Isn’t that wonderful?

Did you know that the correct name for the limbs of octopus arms, not tentacles? But tentacles are commonly used word for arms.

Start from the end of the first arm and draw more wavy lines moving downwards from the head side and just move with the flow as mentioned in the illustration. Do the same activity on the other side too. In the same way, draw another tentacle on the same side. This means that you will be finished with 4 tentacles in this step.

Step 5:

Now only two more arms are left to complete the 8 limbs. Draw between the first pair of arms and the four others you drew. It will create the look of back arms. Keep it simple and the same as the ones you drew before. You are just a few steps from learning how to draw an octopus.

Now draw the eyes by drawing the two circles filled with small balls. Now draw the mouth part, you can use your imagination or play with different shapes to give it amazing looks.

Decent work until now! As you can see, it’s not difficult to draw an octopus when you are utilizing fundamental shapes or if you know exactly how to make this pleasant animation character.

Step 6:

We are almost done except for the extra details, such as the suction pumps and a few steps on the winsome head. The spots are optional as there are different species of octopi and so you can choose your type.

Draw the suction pumps as semi-circles on the tentacles and you can make circles for spots on the head.

Step 7:

It’s time to color! Yay! It’s like the best and pleasing part out of the entire tutorial, isn’t it and I am sure that everybody loves doing it.

We decided to color ours pink and to add dimensions, we colored the back arms red. You can color with your favorite art supplies.

Hooray! You have learned how to draw an octopus step by step easily. Isn’t it wonderful that using our tutorials you are learning new things? This tutorial is made for all ages and especially for young artists trying to polish their art skills.

If you are willing to learn to draw more stuff you can use our other tutorials as we love making creative and enjoyable things for you all.

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