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!

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    1. Really? LOL…I’ve never seen them in the market or on any menus here. I didn’t know people ate them. Oh, wait, squids are those things that shoot out ink, right? I vaguely remember that now.

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      1. I think so. I have written several books — no longer in print — including a couple of children’s stories. And the grandkids love the “critters” I create. I’m going to do more dinosaurs, too. We’re getting ready to go to a dinosaur exhibit at a nearby botanical garden, so we’ll all be drawing and coloring dinosaurs. I might have to make up a story to go along with them.

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      2. We have a family membership to the gardens, so we visit often. I take a lot of photographs there — everything is so beautiful — and I hope one day I can share a bit of the beauty through my drawings and paintings. Every visit to the garden is inspiring.

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