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How to Draw a Dolphin Step by Step

This comprehensive tutorial will guide you through the process of drawing a dolphin in nine simple steps. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience with drawing, this tutorial is designed to be accessible and teach you a solid approach to creating art. So grab a pencil and let’s get started!

Dolphin drawing step by step

Step 1 – Sketch the Outline of the Dolphin’s Body

Begin by sketching a simplified outline of the dolphin’s body, following a gentle curve. Start with a thicker line towards the head and gradually taper it towards the tail. This initial step sets the foundation for the rest of the drawing.

Dolphin body drawing

Step 2 – Add the Stomach

Continuing from the bottom part of the body, slightly towards the head, draw the stomach area with a simple curved line. Erase the body outline above it to refine the shape.

Dolphin stomach drawing

Step 3 – Outline the Nose

Now, sketch the dolphin’s snout (nose) and a small bump just above it to represent the forehead. Use a single curved line for each of these features. Erase the body outline behind the nose to clean up the drawing.

Dolphin nose drawing

Step 4 – Depict the Tail

Draw the tail, making the front half (closer to the viewer) slightly larger than the back half. This creates a sense of perspective in the drawing. For those unfamiliar with perspective drawing, you may refer to a separate tutorial for beginners.

Dolphin tail drawing

Step 5 – Form the Flippers

Position the flippers towards the upper part of the body. Give them a wavy shape, with the front one slightly larger than the back one. Keep in mind that a portion of the background flipper will be hidden behind the body, making it appear shorter.

Dolphin flippers drawing

Step 6 – Include the Fin

To complete the outline of the dolphin’s major body parts, draw the fin on its back. Make it wider towards the body and gradually narrower towards the tip.

Dolphin back fin drawing

Step 7 – Sketch the Facial Features

Add the dolphin’s facial features, starting with the mouth, area around the eye, and forehead. Begin by drawing the eye area, positioning it midway between the top and bottom of the head. Then, sketch the mouth with a wavy shape that extends from the nose tip, almost reaching the eye. Lastly, add a subtle curve above the nose to accentuate the forehead.

Dolphin face drawing

Step 8 – Detail the Eye

As the eye in the main drawing appears small, refer to the close-up example below to guide you in refining its details. Outline the eye, then add the iris. Suggest the presence of eyelids, and finally, incorporate a small highlight to make the eye look glossy and wet.

Dolphin eye drawing

Step 9 – Complete the Dolphin Drawing

In this final step, focus on the stomach area. Incorporate a few additional curves to accentuate the shape, as shown in the example above. Additionally, include a subtle curve along the tail to represent the split commonly found in dolphins. Once you’re satisfied with the drawing, trace over the lines to make them more pronounced. Consider shading the eye with black or pencil for added depth, leaving the highlight white.

Dolphin drawing


Drawing a dolphin doesn’t have to be complicated. This step-by-step guide provides a solid approach to creating a dolphin drawing, suitable for beginners and beyond. Remember, starting with the larger shapes and gradually working towards smaller details can save you time and help you avoid mistakes. For more tips and techniques, refer to our beginner’s guide to learning to draw and absolute beginner drawing exercises tutorial.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you may also be interested in similar tutorials on drawing other animals and plants. Check out our step-by-step guides on drawing a frog, a rabbit, a squirrel from the side view, a sunflower, and grapes.

Happy drawing!

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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