In this step by step drawing tutorial, we’re going to take a look at one of the most interesting sea creatures, the octopus. Octopi, despite being quite scary looking are really not dangerous. In fact, most octopi are really very small. They have unique bodies whose arms are filled with suckers. Eyes rest on either end of their huge heads that are often covered with elaborate colors and patterns. Fortunately, all of this complexity can be simplified into easy to draw shapes and lines. I can’t think of a more interesting animal to draw. Well, maybe I can, but this lesson is about drawing an octopus, so let’s get on with it.
Next, we’ll draw a shape to represent the main body of the octopus. We’ll also draw some lines to indicate the arms. We can approach this like drawing a stick figure. Be sure to make the ends of the arms curl up. You should also add a small mark for the eye.
Now we can add some thickness to the arms by adding another line to other side of the arms.
In this stage of the drawing, it’s time to add some details. And in the case of an octopus, details mean suckers.
Now you can go over all of your lines with a darker drawing material like ink (not the kind that octopi shoot out). Erase any lines that may be left to reveal your octopus. Add a few spots and marks to the body to make the octopus look more realistic. Also don’t forget to add the hole thing on the side of the head that is used for propulsion through the water. (I understand that it’s called the hyponome.)