The Royal Octopus Drawing Illustration by Kenal Louis
The “Royal Octopus” drawing is an illustration created to expand a creative arts portfolio. A drawing created using an ink pen on paper. Lately, I’ve been creating a lot of digital paintings, circle line drawings, and human heart drawings. With this artwork, I wanted to challenge myself to create something different.
On this page, I will discuss the following points relating to the artwork.
- The Thought Process of Creating the Octopus Drawing
- Symbolism In The Royal Octopus Drawing
- Art and History Working Together
- Tools I Used To Create The Octopus Drawing
- Great Books To Own If You Have Interest In Fashion Photography
- The Details of The Octopus Drawing
- The Octopus Drawing Merchandise Created
The First Octopus Drawing Ever Created
Since I was 4 years old I’ve been creating art. It all started with drawing and creating sketches. Eventually drawing led me to paint, produce digital art and even working full-time as a graphic designer for a very established sculptor. Although I had been drawing since I was that young, I never once drew a picture of an octopus.
This was either done because of laziness, fear of the creature; fear that I could not draw something good or something else. I am still uncertain as to why I never created an octopus drawing before. So, as I mention at the beginning of this post I wanted to expand my creative portfolio.
The first octopus drawing in my art portfolio created in 2016. Continue reading to learn about the thought process and the symbolism I creatively implied in the drawing’s composition.
Creating The Royal Octopus Drawing Illustration
If you follow me on Instagram under the Kenal Louis page, you can see many of the processes of my drawings and other illustrations. On the social media page, I share a lot of sequence, step by step, and short videos of me working on the art I create.
The original octopus line drawing was done on a canary yellow construction paper. This is also the first time in a long time since I’ve drawn on colored paper. Truly, the only reason I drew the artwork on the yellow paper is because I ran out of white paper around my art space. Rather than drive to the nearest art store to get the paper, I decided to use what I already have sitting somewhere.
As an artist, it’s not always a matter of buying expensive art supplies. Sometimes it’s good to just use what you already have at your disposal. It costs much less to create art with supplies you have just sitting around. However, it takes having an open mind to realize that you have objects, materials and miscellaneous things you could use to produce art.
Thought Process Behind The Octopus Drawing
The artwork I create especially with the use of lines, I tend to want to be fluid. By fluid I mean, full with motion directed by the line movement in the artworks. In the past, I’ve created line art that is both subjective and non-subjective. I’ve applied this mindset to the line drawings I do a lot lately.
Symbolism In The Royal Octopus Drawing
Symbolism is something the master painters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo created during the renaissance art movement. I love art history because there is so much to learn about the evolution of art. To watch, read, and digest the wealth of information relating to art in fullness is impossible.
The Anchor In The Royal Octopus Drawing
In the octopus drawing, you will see an anchor, which represents foundation. In the artwork, I also have Chinese character symbols from strength and intellect. I wanted the line drawing of the octopus to represent the creatures many symbolic meanings.
The Key In The Royal Octopus Drawing
An object like the key represents the power to unlock certain things. Physically the key allows us to be able to unlock a door. Intelligence is also something needed in order to open a door. If you give a 2-3-year-old child a key, unless they have seen it used before somehow, they will have no clue what to do with the key. However, once they’ve reached a point to where they know (have intelligence) on how they can use the key they can open doors.
This could even be a life lesson. In our lives, we require knowledge and wisdom to become successful or achieve the things we have set as goals. Without the intelligence gained from knowledge and wisdom, we will be completely lost.
Pin Me: Octopus Symbolism Infographic
Here is an infographic I put together about the symbolism behind the symbolic sea creature.
Octopus Symbolism & Meanings
These are a few words that describe the traits and characteristics of the octopus. The creature has the ability to be all of these in one.
3 Awesome Flexibility & Intelligence Quotes
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein
“Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth. ” – Malcolm X (Brainy Quote)
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
No one is a living book of information. Yet, I believe as an artist it is very important to know about art history in some shape and form.
Art History Quote by Kenal Louis
Here is an original quote. “Without history, we would not know what art is. Without art, we would not know much about our history.”
I thought of these words for the quote one day while just working and thinking about history and its relevance to us. Because of our history we are able to know about the past and great developments that have taken place in the world and in art.
Through history, art was also discovered and it played a major role in helping us learn about other cultures. Through art, we’ve learned more about the Greeks, Chinese emperors, Egyptians, and religious principles established at the beginning of civilization.
Tools Used To Create The Octopus Drawing Artwork
Here is another quote. “The tools we use are only as good to us as our skills allow us to be able to use them.”
I have experience doing some beauty and fashion photography in the past. I recall after only my second year of experience with photography, I created some beautiful fashion and editorial photographs. People would always come to me to compliment my photography. And when I would reveal to them I had only been shooting for two years them appeared to be shocked.
In two years I invested a lot of personal time to develop my skills in photography. I bought photography books, DVD training tutorials, and photography subscriptions to build my understanding of photography.
Books I Purchased on Amazon
- Features over 150 of the world’g greatest photographers in different photography categories.
- Coming Into Fashion
- A great book about fashion history, style, designers and the fashion industry.
So after investing money, time and practice into growing as a photographer I got better. Allen Iverson is a famed basketball player and he is also very famous online still today for his “Practice. Practice. Are we talkin’ bout practice.” Video.
Never Stop Drawing If You Are An Artist
If you feel that you are not a good artist, continue to practice and over time you will get better. One of the biggest pet-peeves I have is when I hear people say “I can’t draw” or “I could never be this good.” When I hear this, the first words of affirmation that come out of my mouth is “Yes you can draw.” I think these types of people have a mindset that does not enable them to grow in all aspects of their life.
Yes, You Can Draw Too!
I believe the moment you say you cannot do something you just limited yourself.
Prints of The Royal Octopus Drawing For Sale
The following octopus drawing illustrations can be purchased on Rebubble and Fine Art America. On the Redbubble site, you will find T-shirts, T-shirt dresses, throw pillows, clocks and more.
On the Fine Art America page, you will find prints on canvas, metal, acrylic, and more similar to Redbubble.
Please support Kenalsworld by purchasing the art that I create. When you purchase a print or a T-shirt, for example, you are supporting me to continue to share great information and visuals like this one.
The Pink & Gold Royal Octopus Drawing
The Black and White Royal Octopus Drawing
Octopus Drawing T-shirts & Home Décor
Here are previews of the T-shirts & Home Décor products with the octopus drawing fabricated.
Octopus Drawing Shower Curtain
The Octopus Drawing Dress and Shirt
The octopus drawing comes in print on full print shirts, graphic tees, and T-shirt dresses. Get something not everyone is sporting yet and be one of the few that wear original graphic tees from my art series.
A Cool Octopus Drawing Throw Pillows
Make a collection of the artwork by getting a throw pillow with the artwork on it as well. Best fit for contemporary, modern , and some vintage style living rooms or lobby.
Pin or Tweet This Image To Share The Artwork
Free Octopus Wallpaper
Download these free desktop and mobile octopus wallpaper I created the artwork. Formats and sizes are listed below.
Pink & White Royal Octopus Drawing Wallpaper
Canary Yellow Royal Octopus Drawing Wallpaper
Grey Royal Octopus Drawing Wallpaper
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