The Kraken – Mythical Beast Project

Painting of the Kraken mythical beast

I just finished a summer camp all about mythical beasts and one of my favorite was “The Kraken” a giant sea creature. Probably no legendary sea monster was as horrifying as the Kraken. According to stories this huge, many armed, creature could reach as high as the top of a sailing ship’s main mast. A kraken would attack a ship by wrapping their arms around the hull and capsizing it. The crew would drown or be eaten by the monster. What’s amazing about the kraken stories is that, of all the sea monster tales we have, we have the best evidence that this creature was based on something real.

 Materials: Heavyweight sketching paper, sketching pencils 2h and 2b.


Step #1: Draw guidelines down the center and across the middle of your paper. Draw a oval shaped football for the body of the Kraken. Add a line down the middle of the oval and across the bottom third of the oval as shown below.

Step #2: Draw a circle for the eye and a oval for the ear hole. Draw fins that are like can openers.

Step #3: Draw some tentacles that are long and flowing, make sure that some overlap.

Step #4: Draw tails at the end of each tentacle.

Step #5: Draw the shell of the Kraken, think of it as giant turtle shell.

Step #6: Time to add your detail with hatching (single lines) and cross hatching (cross lines). You can add color if you like of just keep it in pencil. Have fun, be creative.

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