How to Draw a Fish

Two Methods:A Realistic FishA Cute Cartoon Fish

There are many ways to draw a fish. Below are two step-by-step examples.

Method 1
A Realistic Fish

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    Draw a cross guideline to help align our shapes. Draw an oval and a rectangle guideline for the fish’s body.
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    For the tail, draw a big triangle. Draw another triangle for the head. This triangle's corner, the one that is outside the oval, tapers downwards.
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    Outline the final shape of the fish using the guidelines. Draw the mouth like a backwards 3. The edge of the tail is drawn with a wavy line curving inwards the large triangle guideline. Draw the gill cover with 2 arcs. Lastly, draw a circle for the eyes.
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    Erase the guidelines completely. Draw the dorsal fins with a wavy line. Draw one fin near the gill cover and the other fin close to the bottom edge of the fish. These fins should look similar to an irregular narrow V.
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    Erase the lines inside the fins and draw a circle for the fish’s pupil.
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    Detail the insides of the fins and tail by drawing wavy lines.
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    Detail the body of the fish by drawing scales. Draw small backward C’s inside the fish’s body to create the scales.
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    Color the fish.

Method 2
A Cute Cartoon Fish

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    Draw a cross guideline to help align the shapes. Draw an oval and a triangle guideline for the fish’s body.
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    Draw 2 triangles for the fish’s tail. Make the top triangle bigger than the other.
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    Draw two ovals for the eyes, make the left eye smaller. For the mouth guideline draw another small oval perpendicular to the left eye.
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    Use the outline to draw the final shape of the fish. Draw the tail with soft curves.
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    Draw circles for the eyes. Draw the dorsal fin with a wavy line. Draw the bottom fin like a B attached to the bottom of the fish.
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    Erase the guidelines completely and draw 2 crescent moon shapes for the gill cover.
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    Color the fish.

Tips

  • Practice makes perfect!
  • Color in your fish to add some fun to it!
  • Sketch it out first for best results!

Warnings

  • Remember, there will always be someone who doesn't find your drawing perfect, maybe it's you! Just keep trying.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil (recommended) or pen
  • Paper
  • Markers/crayons/colored pencils (optional)
  • For a more professional look, shade the fish in with Pastels!

Article Info

Categories: Drawing Animals