How to Draw an Octopus

Of all the creatures that live in the depth of our oceans, the octopus is amongst the most unusual and curious – and they have a wealth of unusual skills and talents that sets them apart from many animals! In just a few short steps, we will create our very own octopus – and we have all you need to get started.


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Use a red pen to add an angled horseshoe shape to the center of your page.


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Bring a wavy line down from the left side, waving this towards the bottom left-hand corner of the page.


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Add a wavy line to the bottom right, curving this across to the right, and then down and to the left.


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Return to the line on the left, and bring another line up and across to form a tentacle.


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Add another tentacle to the right of the first…


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Now, add another two tentacles to the right of this.


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Add another, wavier tentacle behind that on the right…


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And then bring another across to the right, flicking this up at the end.


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Add another wavy tentacle to the left…


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And then add another wavy tentacle to the left above this.


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Now, add a small half circle shape to the left side of the head, and fill this in with the red pen.


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Add a small “teardrop” shape to the right of this, inside the head…


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And shade the space around this, filling in the body of your octopus with the red pen.


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Grab a white marker pen, and add a series of small circles to the bottom of each tentacle for suckers.


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Use a red pen to add a darker line in between these…


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Use a black pen to add a small mark inside each small sucker, and add a small oval inside the eye.


And there we have it – an adorable octopus, capable of the most mysterious and curious feats – why not do a little research of your own to find out more?

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