How to Draw a Walrus

Whether you live right by the ocean or hours inland, add a little bit of seaside fun to your daily routine with a cute and easy walrus sketch!

All you’ll need is a clean sheet of paper, a pencil, a marker for outlining, and some color. We used colored chalks for our walrus, but feel free to use colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, or anything else you have lying around the house! Once you’ve got those basic art supplies, you should be ready to get started!

Step #1

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Draw in your walrus’s basic outline. Keep the head rounded and the flippers short. Don’t be afraid to pack on a little extra weight!

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Add a downwards sloping line that curls around into a fringe shape on the underside of the slope for your walrus’s back and tail.

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Connect the two portions of the walrus’s body, still leaving part of the foreground outline blank in order to give an idea of perspective.

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Add in some rolls! Walruses are naturally chubby creatures, so make sure you give your walrus plenty of fat to keep them warm underwater!

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Add a few mostly-horizontal lines along the flippers to show where your walrus’s skin is bending and folding to allow for free range of movement.

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Draw one more fold in your walrus’s bulk to show where their body is curling inwards in order to move the tail slightly forward.

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Draw the face shape. Sketch in two overlapping circles, and don’t worry about making them perfect. Erase the overlapping part to leave an outline.

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Add in two long, pointed tusks that end just slightly above the first horizontal line that you’ve drawn to indicate your walrus’s body rolls.

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Draw one more horizontal curved line, about halfway up the length of the tusk. This will help define the size of your walrus’s head.

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Add a small half-circle that lies right between the two halves of your face shape. It should look like a fan shape once connected.

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Draw the eyes! Color in most of two oval shapes, leaving a spot clear for that twinkle in your walrus’s eyes, and add eyebrows.

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Outline your walrus with a black marker, pencil, or darker shade of pencil lead, cleaning up any unnecessary lines or smudges as you go!

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Add some spots along the sides of your walrus’s face. These will serve as anchor spots for any whiskers that you may add later.

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Color in your walrus! Be sure to leave blank spots along the head, back, chest and flippers in order to show the natural highlights.

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Using a lighter shade of golden brown, trace the outline of your walrus’s face to show where the animal is naturally lighter in color.

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Fill most of the face in with a red or pink color. Again, leave a little bit of the face exposed to indicate reflection.

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If possible, blend the colors on your walrus’s face so that they integrate a little bit more seamlessly, giving your walrus a smooth look.

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If you’re using chalks or pastels, blend the color of the walrus into the highlights. Otherwise, fill the blanks in with a lighter color.

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Lay in some darker color at the base of your walrus. This will ground them and give a visible weight to their overall appearance.

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Repeat the process with the various rolls and folds along your walrus’s body. Try to mostly blend the darker color into the lighter color.

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Add some shading to your walrus’s nose and blend out the whole body for a smooth, round appearance that matches the walrus’s silky texture.

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Draw the outline for your shadow. Keep mostly to the same shape as the bottom half of your walrus, but exaggerate if you want!

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Color the shadow in lightly. You can change the shape as you see fit, but this will allow you to see how it’ll look.

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Erase the hard lines of the shadow and blur or smudge it with your finger to get that hazy look of a real shadow.

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Glance over your finished design for any mistakes or stray lines. If there aren’t any, your walrus is ready to hit the beach!

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