We don’t know whether aliens are real, whether they’ve visited us or what they look like.
We do have a few animals that look like they could be aliens, however, and squids would be one of the contenders for that distinction.
These extraordinary sea creatures look very odd indeed with their body shape, bulbous eyes and many tentacles. This unique look can make it fun to learn how to draw a squid, too!
It can also make it a bit of a challenge to draw them, but don’t worry as this guide will show you what you need to know.
We hope you have fun drawing this weird and wonderful animal in this step-by-step guide on how to draw a squid.
How to Draw A Squid – Let’s get Started!
As we get this guide on how to draw a squid going, we will start with the bulbous eye and head outline for the creature.
The eye will be very simple, as all you need is to draw a circle with a large black dot in the middle of it.
With that drawn, you can then add some curved lines surrounding it, almost as if you were going to be drawing another circle around it.
There will be a gap at the bottom of it, and you can extend two small lines from the top for the base of the top of the head.
Then you’re ready to move to step 2!
Step 2 – Next, start drawing the body and fin of the squid
In this second step we will be drawing the body and fin for your squid drawing.
The body of a squid is known as the mantle, and you can draw it with some more curved lines extending up from the little lines you drew for the base earlier.
This will give a nice plump mantle for the squid. Then, you can add some more curved lines with a point at the end onto the mantle for the fin of the squid.
Then you can finish off this step by drawing some lines on the inner outline of the mantle for some extra details.
Step 3 – Now, draw the first tentacles
Squid are known for their mass of bendy tentacles, and we will start to add them in this step of our guide on how to draw a squid.
It can be a bit intimidating drawing such a mass of tentacles, so for that reason we will take it a bit slowly.
For now, we will only be drawing four tentacles that will extend down from the body that surrounds the eye from step one.
Simply use some wavy lines to create the wavy tentacles curving outward, as shown in the reference image.
Then we can continue adding even more tentacles in the next few parts, so let’s proceed!
Step 4 – Next, draw some more tentacles for the squid
We shall continue adding to the mass of tentacles for this part of your squid drawing!
For this part, you can draw a small clump of three tentacles in the right-hand side empty space that was left between the other two tentacle clumps.
Once you have drawn these tentacles, you have just a few more to add along with some final details in the next step before you start adding some amazing colors.
Step 5 – Now, finish off your squid drawing
This fifth step of our guide on how to draw a squid will be all about adding the final tentacles along with some details and last touches.
First, add three more thin tentacles to the final empty space that’s left. Then it’s just a matter of adding some final touches!
As shown in the reference image, you can add some lines and dots to some of the tentacles to show their undersides that have little suctions on them.
Then, there are some smaller line details that you can add throughout the head, body and fin of the squid to give it some more texture detail.
Once you have added all of this, you have finished this guide! Before you move on to the final step, you can also add some details of your own.
You could draw a background to show the ocean this squid is swimming in, and you can also add some more sea creatures that you like.
What extra details and elements will you add to this image to finish it off?
Step 6 – Finish off your squid drawing with some color
In the final part of your squid drawing, you will bring it to life with some amazing colors!
In our reference image, we went with some pink shades for it, but the good news is that this is just one of many color schemes you could go for.
Squid can come in any colors you can imagine, so that gives you a lot of options to go for as you color in.
You could make the colors as bright or subdued as you like, and you could also incorporate your favorite art mediums to achieve the colors.
The best part of a drawing like this is that there are no wrong answers for how to do it, so let your creativity flow and see what happens!
Do this to take your squid drawing to the next level
Take a deep dive to discover how you can make your squid sketch even better!
The squid is a creature that comes in many shapes and sizes, and you could change this one to look like any variation you like!
Some are small, while others deep in the ocean are said to be quite massive.
To create a new design for this squid drawing, you could get some inspiration by heading online and looking up pictures of real squid.
Using these will help to show you the kinds of small changes you can make to create a new variation.
Once you have settled on the design for your drawing of a squid, you can then create a background environment for it.
Squid can be found in shallow waters as well as the deepest recesses of the ocean, so you have many options.
Adding a background would also allow you to add all kinds of sea creatures and maybe even man-made vehicles! What kinds of ocean settings do you think you could create for this picture?
We’ve covered a few ways that you can make this squid sketch more realistic, but you could also make something more fantastical.
Years ago, sailors would tell stories of giant squid attacking ships, and you could draw such a scene!
This would be quite a challenge, but you could really create an imaginative scene using this easy to draw squid. That is one idea, but what other exciting scenarios could you create?
Squids can come in many amazing colors, and that opens up so many possibilities for how you could color this one!
Some squids can even change their colors depending on the environment they’re in.
That means that you could give the picture a bright and bold color scheme or keep it more muted. When coloring it in, don’t be shy about mixing and matching your favorite mediums and art tools.
You could use some colored pens, markers, or even some crafts such as glitter to make this squid look amazing!
Your Squid Drawing is Complete!
You have finished this guide on how to draw a squid, and you should be very proud of this awesome picture!
This may have seemed like an intimidating drawing to take on, as there were so many twisty tentacles to draw.
As with any new drawing, it can be made much easier when you break it down into steps and take it slowly, so that’s what we attempted to do in this guide.
When you have finished all of our details, don’t forget to add all of your own! You can take this drawing even further by adding details, elements, background details or even more fish and sea creatures. We can’t wait to see what you cook up for this picture!
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