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How To Draw A Dolphin Step By Step

Updated on February 20, 2011

Starting Shape For Your Dolphin Drawing

With any drawing, always start off with a simple shape.
With any drawing, always start off with a simple shape.

Drawing A Dolphin

Dolphins are not my first choice of drawing subjects to draw, but like the rose drawing tutorial I thought I'd give it a go and try to make it as easy as possible to follow the exact process of drawing a dolphin in this easy step by step drawing guide.

Dolphins have that knack of not having that much detail anyway so all you have to concern yourself over is the shape of all of the important parts like the head, mouth and eyes, as well as the dorsal fin and the tail, so that as a whole the correct proportions apply for your dolphin drawing.

To start we draw a simple curve body shape like the one in the image to the right, the curve at the back is just to make a mark for the dolphins body and this will be the central line that all of the rest of the dolphins main features will be attatched to as well as the underside of the opposite spine curve.

Lightly Sketch In The Fins And Eye

A loose and light dolphin sketch of the main features.
A loose and light dolphin sketch of the main features.

Drawing Lightly To Get An Idea Of Your Dolphin

 Drawing lightly is very important when your drawing confidence is low, it is always a good idea to sketch around the details of the fins, the tail and the eye and beak mouth lightly so that you can make up your mind whether the drawing sketch looks okay to continue to the next step.

The light sketch hardly shows up here, but you can see some of the ways it has changed in the following drawing below.

Darken The Pencil Lines On The Dolphin

The lines have been darkened with a 2b pencil.
The lines have been darkened with a 2b pencil.

Clean Up And Darken The Dolphin Drawings Pencil Lines

 Darkening the pencil lines always makes the drawing look much cleaner and straight forward and so we progress on from the light pencil sketch above with a more confident approach to our dolphin drawing.

As there are no specific details, drawing a dolphin is easier than say a tiger, as the design is simple and smooth.

Shade The Dolphins Back, Fins And Beak

The dolphin looks almost finished, but from here you could add colour or really sketch in that detail.
The dolphin looks almost finished, but from here you could add colour or really sketch in that detail.

Dark Pencil Shading On The Back Of The Dolphin

 Shading anything just requires, finding the light source, but on this occasion the dark areas are simply part of the dolphins skin colour, but still we need to add some kind of light source, so this does fine, but only on the back, the fins, the tail and the top of the beak like mouth, the rest remains white as it should be.

There you go, a simple dolphin drawing tutorial, nothing should be hard to draw, as simple sketches done in steps can make a good drawing, always remember that!

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Drawing A Dolphin

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      Tanya 

      4 years ago

      it's really awesome

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      Erica 

      5 years ago

      THIS IS OMG COOL I am A Fan That Loves To Draw My Art Is All Over The Kids Art

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      Ash567 

      6 years ago

      I love drawing. Drawing rules. The dolphin is cool.

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      China Anne Mcclain 

      6 years ago

      awesome

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      anaum 

      6 years ago

      i love dolphins and i tried to draw it but it was hard for me to draw it........

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      diego 

      6 years ago

      I love dolphins i wish i can live with them.

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      vivienne 

      6 years ago

      this i so GREAT!!!!!!

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      hii 

      6 years ago

      you rock

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      larah 

      6 years ago

      its hard to draw this thing

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      alessandra 

      6 years ago

      cool dolphin.

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      chinesepainter 

      6 years ago

      thank you but i did a painting of a dolphin weeks ago but yours is cool 2 . still thanks ;)

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      crystal lopwe 

      6 years ago

      oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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      awesome 

      7 years ago

      i love it

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      DJHHHHHHH 

      7 years ago

      OMG THIS WEB PAGE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ally4ever 

      7 years ago

      aww soo adorable i luv those dolphin creatures

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      gilbert 

      7 years ago

      oh my gosh i couldve just drwan a better one with out these steps

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      7 years ago

      sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      helpful

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      DolphinMadness 

      7 years ago

      thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, helped tons :D

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      7 years ago

      this pg is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO helpful

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      7 years ago

      its hard

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      7 years ago

      it is ugly

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      prettyboi123 

      7 years ago

      your drawing waz awesome.

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      jupa 

      7 years ago

      i loved this drawing i even copied it for some reason it's very good and fun. my lil sis wanted me to draw one lol

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      ash 

      7 years ago

      i love to draw and i needed to draw a dolphin for one of my pictures

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      Tolia 

      8 years ago

      Hehehe

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

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      puja 

      8 years ago

      your have a great drawing.

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      Esrher 

      8 years ago

      dolphins are so cool and cute

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      katie 8 years old 

      8 years ago

      you are a great a artiest!!!!!!

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there Sidney!

      Am planning more drawing tutorials so keep an eye out for them!

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      SidneyMorgan 

      8 years ago from Australia

      My son is really keen on his pencil drawings - thanks for the hub, I'll get him to try it out!

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      llalalala 

      8 years ago

      lol yeah cheers

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah it is, maybe I should simplify these drawing hubpages a bit, break them down into more steps to follow.

      At least a whale is still a fish!!

      Cheers now!

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      llalalala 

      8 years ago

      this is kinda hard to draw i feel like im drawing a freakin whale!!! ,lol

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      That's the thing about drawing and practicing to draw...it takes time, it's taken me over 20 years to learn to draw the stuff I always wanted to draw, like dragons and other fantasy stuff...keep trying to draw, you never know when you might crack a good drawing!!

      Cheers for your comment quicksand!

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      quicksand 

      9 years ago

      Lol! I was trying to draw a whale for a recently published hub of mine. At first it looked like an iceberg! So I gave up! Failed miserably. :)

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