How to Draw a Turtle… of the Sea!

How to draw a turtle cartoon

Previously on the site, we learned how to draw a turtle – simple, symmetrical… cute! 🙂 And during this lesson, I did mention doing another one some time down the road… one that lives in the sea.

Well, now’s the time for this second lesson. Let’s get started!

First Step – Circles and Ovals Help to Visualize our Subject

Swimming – angled – at a 3/4 tilt, drawing this animal is not necessarily difficult… but does require a bit of thinking ahead of time, in order to best put forth the lines to bring it into view. Even if you don’t use a framework, a simple "Stop and Look" – is well worth the while. Feeds the imagination!

Here’s the structure…

Framework for drawing a cartoon turtle
Sectioning off the turtle framework
Finalizing the framework to draw a cartoon turtle

If you look at the shell – it almost looks like the ball used in a game of rugby. We know it doesn’t really take on this shape… but tilted, angled and with movement toward the back (and away) from the head… this is a pretty good starting point in helping you best materialize those lines.

And speaking of lines…

Second Step – How to Draw a Turtle, Step by Step

Given the structure at hand, and seeing that the head of the turtle is in fact the foremost part of the picture – first connecting with the view path of the observer — it only makes sense to draw it first, beginning with the left eye.

Here’s how it all pans out…

How to draw a turtle's eye
How to draw a turtle's head
Drawing the head of a cartoon turtle
Drawing the shell of a cartoon turtle
Drawing the flipper of a cartoon turtle
Drawing the turtle's back flipper
Black and white drawing of a turtle
Drawing of a cartoon sea turtle

Ah yes – easily one of the cutest and loved creatures of the sea. There’s a certain grace experienced when viewing one of these animals – gliding through the ocean.

Well I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. And further more, I hope you found it useful in creating a unique variation of your own imagination.

Keep on drawing !!!