What Exactly IS a Squid?

“Today we’re going to draw a squid…”

That was how a recent Sketchbook Nation project began. A squid. Great. Uh, what exactly is a squid?

All I knew was that a squid was some sort of sea creature, so I followed the step-by-step guidelines. It’s not easy to draw something I’ve never seen, and I watched with fascination as this strange-looking image appeared.

Really Squid

Oh, so that’s what a squid looks like!

Yes, I’m being a little bit silly, but silliness is what I need today, and I hope my little squid brings a smile to your face. It’s joining a host of other sea creatures I’ve drawn over the last year: a sea turtle, an octopus, a dolphin, a shark. I haven’t tried a jellyfish yet.

Following along with the Sketchbook Nation project, I first drew the squid with graphite. After doing a little Google image search and seeing that what I drew really did look like a squid, I used one of my Pitt artist pens — 1,5 — to outline the contours and add a little shading. Next I grabbed my Prismacolor pencils and had a little fun.

I’ve now learned that “Squid are cephalopods of the order Teuthida.” Aren’t you delighted to know that?

Happy Monday!

About Judith

As an artist, author, and musician, I celebrate creativity and personal expression through all that I do. I invite you to join me as I explore many different aspects of life, love, beauty, and nature.


  1. dawnmarie

    Giggle. I like to eat them!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. He’s even got a personality! hehe! Go, go, go!

    Liked by 1 person

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