How to Draw a Squid

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Squid in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Squid.

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How to Draw a Squid - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a squid! Start with a very long oval shape, making sure to trace a square shape at the end for the head.

Step 2: Draw the first fin at the side of the oval. Trace a line going along the side of the oval, making sure to add a hump at the top of the fin.

Step 3: Draw the second fin on the other side of the squid's body. Trace it like you did the first fin!

Step 4: At the front of the body where you drew the square shape for the head, draw in two dots to either side of the square for eyes.

Step 5: At the end of the head, draw in the short tentacles by tracing five skinny, squiggly lines. Here's a tip: they don't all have to be the same size and they don't all have to be going in the same direction!

Step 6: Last, trace two longer tentacles, and these ones are more straight and going in the same direction. Here's a tip: make the lines at the end of the two tentacles pointy! There's your squid! Did you know that squids can grow to be as long as 40 feet and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds?

Interesting Facts about Squid

Squid are invertebrates, and that means that they do not have backbones. There are about 300 species of squid, and they live for about one year.

Did you know?

  • Squid have been around for about 500 million years.
  • Squid swim faster than any other invertebrates in the world.
  • Squid can change colors, and they do so to communicate with each other.
  • Squid can grow to be more than 40 feet long and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds.
  • Male and female squid usually die after they mate.
  • The giant squid is a species that has eyes the size of footballs. This species can grow to be 60 feet long.
  • The vampire squid has red eyes and a black body.
  • Squid have eight arms and two tentacles, and their shell is inside their body.
  • Squid spray an inky substance called sepia to ward off predators.

Calamari, made with squid and often fried, is a popular food choice for people. While many animal species are becoming endangered due to climate changes, global warming might actually be beneficial for squid. They thrive better in warmer temperatures, and as a result of global warming, people have been finding larger populations of squid.