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Uploaded: May 8, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 4
Updated: January 30, 2010
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Pretty soon the site will be undergoing some awesome new changes with the layout. I know you all are thinking “wait, I did see a new layout?”. No, that was just a test run and I decided that that layout was too kiddie. Anyways, enough about the new layout lets get into something that is much more interesting, drawing tutorials. My first lesson is going to be on “how to draw a manta ray step by step”. The manta ray is an ocean creature that lives in a variety of tropical waters around the world. The manta ray is also the biggest of all rays and they are fabulously interesting creatures. These underwater animals are more related to sharks than any other creature of the ocean. Although they look incredibly intimidating, the manta ray is a harmless species that dwells on the bottom of the ocean floor. Like the sting ray, they have narrow pointed tails. But unlike the sting ray, the manta has a short tail without the stinger or stinging spine. Which basically means they do not sting to defend themselves. Did you know that the manta ray has aerobatic skills? It's true, the manta ray is very skilled when it comes to swimming and even jumping. They are able to leap out of the water and jump back in. When seen doing this it is a very awesome experience. How big do you think these animals are? Well, if you were to measure a manta, you would find that they are nearly thirty feet long and can weight up to three thousand pounds. Pretty incredible huh? Manta rays have a dark brown to black color and being all white on their underbelly. They have a tail, two pectoral fins, eyes, and two bulb like looking things called “cephalic lobes” which are located on or around the eye. Their diets consist of microscopic plankton, small fish, and other tiny crustaceans. Do manta rays attack humans? No, they are not known to attack humans and are relatively harmless, they don't even have a set of teeth. These big graceful sea animals are what you call the perfect specimen to look at if you were to ever go scuba diving. This tutorial will show you how to draw a manta ray step by step. There is only like five steps before you complete the lesson which means you should have problems learning how to draw this sea animal. I shall return, but in the mean time knock yourself out with this drawing lesson.

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how to draw a manta ray

How to Draw a Manta Ray

how to draw a manta ray step 1


Since there are three different points of view for the manta ray, you will be doing three times the work. Draw three circles for the mid part of the bodies and then draw the guidelines for the dorsal fins of the manta ray.
how to draw a manta ray step 2


In this next step you will start drawing out the back end of the manta ray as seen here on all three views. One that is done you can then add the detailing and the definition lines that form into the pointed tails. Draw out the lining to form the head of the manta ray and then move onto the next step.
how to draw a manta ray step 3


In this last drawing step you will draw out the shape of the cephalic lobes, and then add the detailing definition lining to the manta ray's body as you see here. Start erasing all the guidelines and steps that you drew in step one.
how to draw a manta ray step 4


This is what your sketch of the manta ray should look like once you are done. Add some shading and then you have just learned how to draw a manta ray step by step.