Animal Drawing: Killer Whale Orca

The killer whale, commonly referred to as the orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of culture. In this project I use one of my favorite illustrators Sachiko Umoto’s orca,  focusing on shapes and dimension.

Materials; heavyweight sketching paper or watercolor paper, sketching pencil, sharpie and your choice of materials to finish the project.

Step #1: Draw the whale body with a pointed nose and large body as shown below.

Step #2: Draw the mouth, the body patches and the small eyes.

Step #3: Draw the pectoral, dorsal and flukes (tail) fins.

Step #4: Use a sharpie to outline and then erase pencil lines. Color in the black areas and add your own details. Choose what materials you want to use to finish your project. Have fun, be creative.

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