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Uploaded: December 9, 2007
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: February 1, 2008
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The bottlenose dolphin. They are the cutest sea animals in the ocean to this day. They are one of my favorite dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins can be spotted in the Artic and Antartic oceans. They get their name from their irregular beak (the mouth). These dolphins are natural predators. They hunt for squid, crabs, shrimp and other smaller animals. Adult bottlenose dolphins range from six to thirteen feet long and can weigh to 330-1430 pounds. Males are slightly heavier and longer than females. Though dolphins look cute and adorable, they have an evil side. Male dolphins are known to kill their close cousin which is the Orca and the Harbour Porpoises. This usually happens during mating season. Males go on frenzies over females. All dolphins occasionally show aggressive behavior. These beautiful creatures are extremly social animals. They play with their members of their group. This all sums up that bottlenose dolphins are sea animals of excitement and beauty. This tutorial is very easy for beginners. Following this tutorial will improve your ability to draw the perfect cuddly bottlenose dolphin.

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How to Draw a Dolphin

learning how to draw a bottlenose dolphin step 1

STEP 1.

Start with an oval. This is the base of the dolphin's body. Following these steps will make your dolphin in perfect shape.
 
learning how to draw a bottlenose dolphin step 2

STEP 2.

Next, let's add a long pointy shape for the dolphin's base of the head. Make this long and slightly rounded at the tip. At the back of the oval will be the dolphin's tail. For now begin with two lines aligned with each other.
 
learning how to draw a bottlenose dolphin step 3

STEP 3.

Now start drawing the dolphin's pectoral fins (flippers). To start, use two lines aligned from each other, just like step 2. At the top of the dolphin's body we will begin to draw the dorsal fin. This must be in balance with the body. Don't draw it too far from the head. Next, let's start to draw the little guy's flukes (tail fins). What I find hard when drawing dolphins, is the flukes. They have to be portioned right to give it that 3-D look.
 
learning how to draw a bottlenose dolphin step 4

STEP 4.

Start drawing more to the dolphin's face. We will draw its melon like head. Start with an oval first. Then start shaping up the pectoral fins and the dorsal fin. As you can see, the tail fin is starting to come along nicely. For this quick and easy technique, just attach those lines with a curve.
 
learning how to draw a bottlenose dolphin step 5

STEP 5.

Now add some finishing details to that dolphin. For example, the eye, the head, mouth, and the tail. If you look to where the dorsal fin is, you see a long line at the top of the body. I use this to give my dolphin a muscular look.
 
learning how to draw a bottlenose dolphin step 6

STEP 6.

Now erase those un-needed lines and you'll end up with this clean artwork. Look how pretty it looks! I know it looks a little scary and sick but when you color it, it will look better. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Sign up a dragoart.com and submit your own tutorial that I can view and learn.