How to Draw a Sea Monster

Sea monster cartoon image

One of the coolest mythological beasts - is the classic sea monster. Like a cross between a dragon and a snake, the one depicted here is both easy and fun to draw - as you'll very soon see!

I'm wondering what kind of interesting looking creature you're going to come up with...


First Step - A Horizontal Line for the Sea - and then...

Because it lives (and would probably be seen) in the sea - it makes sense to focus on only the top parts of this monster, those parts that are sort of 'looping' out of the ocean.

Here, I've used a simple horizontal line to allow us to focus more so on these parts...

Simple linear framework for drawing a cartoon sea monster Completed framework for drawing a cartoon sea monster

And yes - the cross over the head circle helps to visualize the angle/look of the creature's head early on in the drawing.

Remember - this is just my version. Add more humps, a longer neck - a long crocodile like snout... horns... wings... turn it into a robot. Yes - get creative!

Second Step - Here's How It takes Shape!

To begin, go ahead and sketch in the waves/ocean - about the horizontal line from your guideline. Two layers of 'spikes' will help to give your drawing a bit more of a 3Dish look.

Here's how things progress...

Drawing the water for a cartoon sea monster image Drawing the second layer of water for a cartoon sea monster image Beginning the head of your cartoon sea monster Drawing the eyes, snout and teeth of a cartoon sea monster Drawing the head of a cartoon sea monster Beginning the body of a cartoon sea monster drawing Completing the main body of a cartoon sea monster Adding details to a cartoon sea monster Black and white cartoon sea monster drawing Drawing of a cartoon sea monster

Colored and all - this is quite the sight! Of course - any sea monster would be. :-)

Well, hopefully now - you've got a whole new perspective on just how simple - drawing a cool-looking creature like this can be. Hope you enjoyed the lesson.