How to Draw an Octopus in 4 Steps

By: the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Marine Life Image Gallery Learn how to draw an octopus using just a few basic shapes. These simple, step-by-step directions and helpful illustrations make it easy. See more pictures of marine life.
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An o­ctopus cr­awls through the water using its eight arms. Picture this one scurrying near the ocean bottom, searching for a snack.

In this section, we'll show you how to draw the above octopus. Either draw it freehand while looking at your computer monitor or print out this page to get a closer look at each step.


Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray. We'll show you an illustration of each step and then give you a description of how to draw it.

1. Draw Head and Arms

Draw an upside-down egg shape for the head. Add four curved shapes for some of the arms.


2. Draw More Arms!

Draw four more curved shapes for the rest of the arms. Add the eye shapes and pupils. Sketch a crescent shape for the mouth.


3. Add Details

Add some detail lines around the eyes and mouth. Finish this step by drawing some round spots all over the arms and head.


4. Trace and Erase

Use a felt-tip pen to trace the lines you want to keep, and erase the extra pencil lines.Add some color to your finished drawing with paints, crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Another animal that starts with the letter O is next. Read on to find out how to draw an ostrich.



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