How to Draw an Octopus

Another inhabitant of the sea joins the ranks of our drawing tutorials: learn to draw an octopus. This one is perfect for kids and kids at heart (mature beginners ;),

This tutorial will show you how to draw a simple cartoon octopus in just a few steps. Get our printable version and learn how to draw your own wherever you want.

How to draw a cartoon octopus - step by step drawing tutorial for kids

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Our step-by-step tutorials will do it Drawing for children dead easy! Clear step-by-step images guide you from the first stroke to the last character, which is (hopefully) always great!

To facilitate the drawing process, and also for the class, there is always a sheet with all the steps that you can print (you will find it at the end of the tutorial) and give it to your children or use it yourself.

If you want to draw a fun ocean scene, why not take ours too how to draw a tortoise tutorialor for a bit of ferocity – the shark drawing tutorial.

How to Draw an Octopus – step by step drawing tutorial

Octopus Led Drawing Tutorial

This is one of the easiest ways to draw an octopus! Even the 8 tentacles, which are a bit difficult to draw at times, will be easy to handle.

What do you need:

  • our printable directional drawing template (you can get it at the end of this drawing tutorial)
  • sheet of paper
  • Printer
  • black marker (or pencil, colored pencil, …)

Optional: Medium Dye to color your finished designs.

Step 1.

Start drawing the head. Draw an inverted U shape with the open ends rounded inwards. Or as you would also call it a horseshoe shape.

2nd step

Continue shaping the head: Starting at the end of the U-shape, draw a support shape on each side. You see how easy it is!

draw the head

step 3

Here is the first pair of squid tentacles. Continue from the end of the support shape and draw the first tentacle.

Have both tentacles pointing up; This leaves enough space to draw everyone else.

step 4

We’re going pretty fast! You’re almost there! Now draw 4 more tentacles.

Draw two more pairs of tentacles.

step 5

Only two tentacles left! Draw these two between the first pair of tentacles and the other 4 you drew.

Also draw the eyes and the mouth. Or just eyes if you’re looking for a more realistic look.

face and last pair of tentacles

step 6

Now all that’s left to do is draw the final details: the suction cups on the tentacles and maybe a dot or two on the head.

Last touch and you have drawn an octopus.

Paint with your favorite colors.

Get the printable template here

How to draw an octopus

Have fun drawing!

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