How to Draw an Octopus

Another sea dweller joins our drawing tutorials – learn how to draw an octopus. This lesson is perfect for kids and kids at heart (older beginners too ;)),

This tutorial will show you how to draw an easy cartoon octopus in just a few steps. Grab our printable and learn how to sketch one of your own cartoons anywhere you want.

How to Draw a Cartoon Octopus - Step by Step Drawing Tutorial for Kids

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Our step-by-step tutorials make drawing a piece of cake for kids! Clear step-by-step images guide you from the first stroke to the last letter, which (we hope) is always awesome!

To make the drawing process easier and classroom friendly, there is always a step-by-step instruction sheet that you can print out (you can find it at the end of the instructions) and give it to your child or for you to use.

If you want to draw a fun ocean scene, why not check out our turtle drawing tutorial, or our shark drawing tutorial if you want something a little more intense.

How to Draw an Octopus – Step by Step Drawing Tutorial

Octopus Drawing Tutorial

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

What you need:

  • Our printable guided drawing template (you can get it at the end of this drawing tutorial)
  • paper
  • printer
  • black marker (or pencil, crayon,…)

Optional: coloring material to color your finished piece.

Step 1.

Start by drawing the head. Draw an upside down U shape, with the open ends rounded inwards. Or what you might call a horseshoe shape.

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Step 2

Continue forming the head – starting at the bottom of the U shape, draw parentheses on each side. As you can see, this is really easy!

Draw the head

Step 3

This is the first pair of octopus tentacles. Continue from the bottom of the bracket shape and draw the first tentacle.

Place both tentacles facing up – this will create enough space to attract all the other tentacles.

Step 4

We’re going pretty fast! You’re almost done! Now let’s draw 4 more tentacles.

Draw two more pairs of tentacles

Step 5

Only two tentacles left! Draw these two tentacles in between the first pair and the remaining four tentacles you drew.

Also, draw eyes and a mouth. Or just draw the eyes if you want a more realistic look.

Face and last pair of tentacles

Step 6

All that remains to be painted are the finishing details – the suckers on the tentacles and maybe a spot or two on the head.

Last touch and you have drawn an octopus

Color it with your favorite color.

Get printable template here

How to draw an octopus

Happy drawing!

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