Around 440 different kinds of sharks live in oceans and seas around the world. For better or for worse, this animal has often been vilified in popular culture. From 1975’s iconic blockbuster film Jaws, to the character of Bruce from Finding Nemo, to Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, sharks have long been both feared and adored.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon shark? Now you can, using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. This shark isn’t scary – in fact, he’s smiling!
All you will need is a piece of paper and something with which to draw, such as a pencil or pen. You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct any mistakes, and some markers, crayons, or colored pencils with which to color your finished drawing.
Each step of this drawing guide is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, new lines are highlighted in light blue, whereas lines from previous steps are shown in black. You may want to sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Shark
Extend three curved lines from the shark’s back. Allow the lines to meet in a point, forming the dorsal fin. This is the fin that is often seen above the water when a shark is swimming nearby.
Draw a wavy line from the tip of the nose to the pectoral fin, and another from the pectoral fin to the tail.
Add detail to the tail, pectoral fin, and dorsal fin by drawing short, curved lines. Place a series of curved lines between the mouth and pectoral fin to form the gills.
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