How to Draw a Blue-Ringed Octopus

With eight arms, the ability to squirt ink at enemies, and an uncanny ability to squeeze in and out of any space, there’s plenty about octopuses that remains mysterious. They are also fascinating creatures however, and we will celebrate this by learning how to draw a blue-ringed octopus – let’s get started.


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Start with a black liner and draw a small ”teardrop” shape just to the right of the center of your page. Add a tiny circle just inside the tip of the teardrop.


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Fill in the teardrop with the black pen, leaving the small circle empty.


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Now, draw a larger circle around the teardrop, but do not join the ends on the left-hand side; instead, leave a slight gap.


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Now, add a curved line extending from the top of the circle, curving across to the left, and then back down.


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Bring the bottom of the curve across to meet the edge of the line, creating a ”crescent moon” shape.


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Then, bisect the crescent moon shape with a short vertical line across the left-hand side of the shape, splitting this into two lines at the top, leaving a slight gap.


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Fill in the left-hand side of the shape, leaving that small gap empty for the moment.


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Bring another line out from just above this semicircle, and bring this across to the right, and then back down towards the bottom left-hand corner. This will be the head of your octopus.


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Now it is time for one of the tentacles of your octopus. Bring a wavy line out from the left-hand side, up towards the top right-hand corner. Curl this over, and then bring another line down from the point, parallel to the first.


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Then, bring another set of parallel lines out and across to the left, once again, joining at the point.


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Create the third tentacle by bringing another line down, curving upwards, and ending with a flick downwards. Join this to another parallel line reaching back towards the body.


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Use the bottom line of the third tentacle to form the top of the fourth, bringing this out, across and curving down and up, flicking up at the end. Add another parallel line heading back in from the end.


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Add a fifth tentacle down towards the bottom left-hand corner of the page, once again flicking up at the end, and bring the bottom line back in towards the body.


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Bring another line down towards the bottom of the page, flicking to the left, and back up. Then bring another line down and across towards the bottom right-hand side of the page, flicking up at the end, and coming back into the body.


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Add the final tentacle stretching out to the right and flicking up to the top right-hand side of the page.


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Next, add a series of small bumps to the underside of each of the tentacles – these are the suckers of the tentacles.


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Now for the detail – add suckers all over the surface of your octopus by drawing small rings.


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Switch to an orange pen, and fill in the entire surface of the creature, leaving the ring shapes white for the moment.


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Use a black liner to fill in the center of each of the rings…


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And go over the main body of the rings with a green pen.


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Finally, use a blush pen to fill in the bumps on the underside of each tentacle, creating a shadow-like effect.


And in just a few easy steps, you have learned to create your very own blue-ringed octopus. Why not take the time to do some research, discover other types of octopus wish you could bring to life through a drawing?

If you don’t know much about them, octopuses can appear at first glance to be a little scary – they have lots of legs and live beneath the surface of the ocean.

When we take a closer look however, it becomes clear that octopuses are smart, intelligent and fascinating creatures, and taking the time to learn more about them is always recommended.

Not only do they have eight arms, but they may also be integral to their understanding of the world around them – according to experts, 2/3 of the neurons possessed by an octopus are located in its arms, rather than its head – this suggests that the arms almost have a mind of their own. The large number of arms allows them to multitask – as an example, one arm can be exploring the surface of a cave for food or potential enemies, while another cracks open a shellfish ready to enjoy.

In addition, octopuses also possess a total of three hearts, and their blood is blue rather than being red! They are also completely boneless, and this allows them to squeeze in or out of any tight spaces with relative ease – this makes some great escape artists, at any aquariums who hold them, must ensure that enclosures are extremely secure.

By understanding more about them, we can appreciate their beauty, and realize that their unusual appearance actually serves to benefit them in a large number of ways.

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