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Simple Whale Doodle

by Ann Zhang

Most everyone doodles, even if they don’t consider themselves artistic. After all, one can’t help but feel attracted to a couple of quick expressions of creativity here and there. When those quick sketches turn out great, and by my definition that means cute, I can feel quite appeased for the day. One that has always turned out well personally is drawing a whale. Not only is it extremely simple, but it is also easy to replicate. 

  1. The first step really does take me back to the good old days of geometry. Draw one large rectangle sitting on top of a skinny elongated rectangle. On the left side of the drawing they should line up, while on the right side, the elongated rectangle extends further by a bit. On top of the extra extension, please draw a right triangle and at the top most point, add two little leaves.


  1. Next round out the top two corners on the largest rectangle.
  1. Add two eyes and a mouth. It’s extremely important here to make sure that the mouth and eyes lie in close proximity on the imaginary x or horizontal axis. Looking back, I realize that my eyes aren’t perfectly the same size, but every person or whale is unique in their only manner, and that’s something we can celebrate.
  1. Moving on the bottom rectangle, round out the bottom two corners.
  1. Erase the guidelines from the rectangles earlier that we no longer want to appear in our drawing. The key is gently, unlike my furious motions that led to the crumpling of my paper as depicted very clearly below thanks to the pdf scanner I used. The mark will probably stay there. Just think of it as shadow in an otherwise 2-D drawing. Creative eh?
  1. Ah, the triangle we have yet to touch. Go ahead and erase the portion where it connects to what once was a rectangle and make a new curve that connects them. Also, see the shadow slowly disappearing, it’s all thanks to the weight of one math textbook.
  1. Draw an arc starting from the bottom of the whale with the highest point being about half of the height of the drawing. As it travels toward the direction of the tail on a downward slope, please curve slightly in the opposite direction slightly.
  1. Draw as many vertical lines as you see fit. They too should be gently curving.
  1. Add three upside down droplets for a spout of water.
  1. Color to your heart’s desire or just leave it the way it is.

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