Scientists have identified over 33,000 different kinds of fish. It is no wonder, then, that fish of all kinds have long been the subject of cartoons and other art forms. From Disney’s hit movie Finding Nemo (2003), to classic children’s books such as Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish, aquatic characters have entered our hearts as well as mainstream popular culture.
Would you like to be able to draw your very own cartoon fish? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, as well as crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
Each step in this drawing guide is accompanied by a detailed illustration. For each picture, new lines added in the current step are highlighted in blue. Lines from previous steps are shown in black. You may want to sketch your lines lightly at first, as you will erase some of the early lines, called guide lines, in order to complete the drawing.
Are you ready to draw your fish? Remember, just keep swimming!
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Fish
Draw a curved line from the exterior of the circle to the middle. Draw a short, curved line at the end of the previous line.
Draw a number of scalloped, wavy lines from the top of the figure to the bottom, detailing the fish’s scales.
Draw two curved lines above the mouth, connected in a point on each end, to form the eyebrow. Draw another eyebrow, half visible, extending from the side of the face.
Within the near eye, draw a circle within a circle. Draw two ovals within the inner circle, and shade between the circle and the ovals. Repeat this process for the far eye, using half circles.
Fish live in water, so draw some! Draw several wavy lines beneath the fish to show the movement of the water as he swims.
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