How To Draw Killer Whale

Before you start to draw killer whale, take a little time to observe this picture well.

Look at the whole body, the shape, how the fins are positioned, the color, etc.



Learn How to Draw Killer Whale

Try to imagine just for fun, If you do not have this manual, how would you begin to draw your killer whale?

  • where would you begin
  • what would you sketch first
  • what would be your first pencil stroke

The method I am showing is super simple and anyone can learn the basic principles in one single session.

You can divide killer whale's body into 3 parts;

  • head
  • belly
  • tail

Sketch two noodle-like shapes. One is the belly and the slimmer noodle is the tail.

Add the head part and outline the flukes (tail-fin).

Outline the dorsal fin (fin on Killer Whale's back) and the pectoral fins. BTW, dorsal fin shape resembles very much to shark's dorsal fin.

To draw killer whale that has proportionally well balanced body you have to pay special attention to each of these body parts at this stage.

Join all body parts by smooth and very light pencil strokes.
On the top of the head part, outline the mouth part.

Outline the body pattern on killer whale's body.

Sketch the mouth and the eyes. Use the pencil very gently, do not push pencil hard.

At this stage you've learned how to draw killer whale. The basic rough sketch is ready.





Erase all unnecessary pencil guide lines so that you'll get a compact shape of killer whale's body.

Use a well sharpened pencil - possibly dark blue color and draw a clean contour around the whole body.

Note: I made a mistake in this picture, I should have been used dark blue color pencil for the body contour in order to eliminate unnecessary erasing work.

Now is coming the fun part, the coloring. Use a blue color pencil and color the black part in blue color first.

The reason is that if you make a blue color base for black topping color, then the black color will look much better and more natural than if you only use black from the beginning.

Over the blue base-color, add the second layer of black color.
Do it in similar fashion as you see on this picture. Push the black color pencil gently because it will be difficult to erase it if you make some parts too dark.

When the second layer of black color cover is finished, you can begin adding a little shade.

You've learned how to draw killer whale. I'm sure it was very easy.

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