In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Blue Coral in 3 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Blue Coral.
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How to Draw a Blue Coral - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Drawing blue coral is easy because no two specimens look the same! Begin by drawing the outer lines of your coral. Make various shapes but try to keep the length of the edges equal throughout the entire organism.
Step 2: Create the inner lines by having them extend in every direction and be of varying lengths.
Step 3: The last step is to draw spots within your coral. Now that the shape is complete, color it in with a bright blue. To make the inner lines and spots really pop, try coloring them either dark blue or black.
Interesting Facts about the Blue Coral
Blue coral (Heliopora coerulea) is a very large creature that grows beneath the ocean. The coral itself, which is colored a unique blue, is the skeleton of greenish-grey or blue organisms. Their skeletons grow together, forming large coral reefs, or colonies.
Did you know?
- Coral is not a rock, but actually the skeleton of a living creature called a polyp. Polyps are soft, long creatures, shaped like an elephant’s trunk, with a mouth and tentacles located at the end.
- Microscopic algae grow inside the coral, giving nutrition to the polyps. In return, the coral gives the algae protection and sunlight.
- Many coral reproduce sexually by released eggs and sperm into the water. Unlike most coral, however, blue coral develop their larvae inside the polyps and then deposit them into the coral colony to grow.
- Blue coral produces the largest skeleton known. The most massive blue coral colony is believed to live off an island in northwestern Japan.
- Coral is threatened by many things, including pollution in the water and the coral trade for earrings and aquariums.
Lesson plan note: Discuss the concept of symbioticrelationships, and how blue coral and algae share a symbiotic relationship with each other.