How to Draw a Cartoon Squid

Cartoon squid drawing

Another creature of the sea - this time a cartoon squid! And judging by the look of the finished version above... I'm thinking it's actually kind of cute - something you might usually not expect from such an animal.

A series of shapes help to bring this little guy into view.

Let's get started...


First Step - Shapes that Compose a Squid

To begin, go ahead and lightly sketch out the structure of your animal. The rectangle and triangle help to mark off the top part of its head - the circles keep the body in place. At the bottom, I've only sketched in two legs... the rest can be drawn in and around later on.

This is what we've got...

Framework for drawing a cartoon squid Drawing the legs of a cartoon squid

Something you might want to change here - is the length of the rectangle. This part of the animal is normally a bit longer, and I think if you made this change - your drawing will look that much more 'squid-like'.

See what you can do here.

Second Step - The Cutest Squid Ever? Let's Draw!

Well, it's time to some drawing now. Use the following steps to help you bring your animal into view, and also - try to go about things in a similar sequence. Note how I draw the eye second, as the top part of its head is made to overlap. You could reverse this idea and get an entirely different look.

Alright, here's how to draw a cartoon squid...

Drawing the top part of a cartoon squid Drawing the eye of a cartoon squid Drawing the head of the cartoon squid Drawing the side fin of the cartoon squid Completing the head of the cartoon squid Drawing a little opening above the squid's eyes Drawing the circular part of the squid's head Drawing the base of the squid's head Drawing the first two tentacles of the cartoon squid Drawing the second two tentacles of the cartoon squid Black and white drawing of a cartoon squid Drawing of a cartoon squid

In the very end - I opted for an actual mouth, as opposed to a blank face as it appeared we were going for throughout the steps.

And really, whenever you're drawing something - always be sure to enjoy the process at hand, dynamically changing aspects as you progress. Ideas will pop up here and there and I encourage you to 'branch off' whenever and wherever possible... making your drawing uniquely your own.

And there you have it - you're done! :-)