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How an Angry Cartoon Octopus Found Happiness: a Story

Ready for a short story about an octopus cartoon that sprang from the random art inspiration capturing my pen’s lines today? Here it is…

Octopus cartoon
The angry cartoon octopus.

The Story of Octi the Octopus

Once upon an ocean, there was an irritable magenta cartoon octopus named Octi. He always wore a top hat and spoke with great formality — and was always a decided GRUMPUS.

All the fish in the sea and the stars on the sand kept their distance from Octi, preferring instead to play alone, rather than get that ill-tempered energy into their waves.

What would happen to Octi??? Would he remain his sour self forever, never saying sorry to the people he offended? Thankfully, no! But what shifted his bitter attitude?

Cartoon octopus
Happiness for the octopus!

The Cure for Grouchiness

Suddenly, a wave touched his brow, and Octi realized why he’d been so angry all these years: His top hat was too tight! He whipped off his cap and hurled it to the sand. Who knew clothes could be so constraining?

Octi gasped with inspiration, then reached up to his back shelf. He grabbed a glistening opal necklace and clasped it around his spongy magenta neck. The jewels were cool and comfortable. WOW, did that cartoon octopus ever feel better!

VIDEO: The Cartoon Octopus Drawing Process

Octi wrapped his eight arms around himself so tightly with happiness that he looked for a moment like a soft serve ice cream cone. All the fish in the sea and cute snails in the sand came to embrace him, as he had at last embraced himself. The end.

Enjoy this cartoon octopus story? Check out the other short stories in the series, or this tutorial on octopus drawing, and feel free to leave a comment and share!

Rhonda Albom

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

What a cute story. I like the time-lapse of the cartoon drawings.

Lillie Marshall

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Gracias, Rhonda! I get such a kick out of how the art process films turn out. Technology!

Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Aw, such a cute story! We all need to be a little more like Octi.

Lillie Marshall

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Yes! Joyous and unbridled self expression!


Monday 22nd of June 2020

Such a cute story about Octi the octopus and the drawings are speaking for themselves. Beautiful!

Lillie Marshall

Monday 22nd of June 2020

Merci, Sabine!


Monday 22nd of June 2020

What a cute little story! You are such a talented artist!

Lillie Marshall

Monday 22nd of June 2020

Thanks, Darla! Appreciate it!