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Humpback Whale Anatomy & Drawing Exercise
 
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Try your hand at drawing a humpback whale!

Each student can do this exercise individually or each student can add one part of anatomy to the whale.

  1. Start with a lightly drawn torpedo-like shape (about 5 units long by 1 unit high), leaving the ends open. Adjust that shape to match the sample below.

  2. Add the pectoral fins (about one-third the body length).

  3. Draw in the mouth line.

  4. Add a small bump indicating where the blowholes are.

  5. Add the flukes.

  6. Add the dorsal fin.

  7. Add the mouth line.

  8. Add an eye.

  9. You've got yourself a humpback portrait!
 
 
   
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