How to Draw a Catfish

Learn how to draw a great looking Catfish with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Catfish.

Get Free Printable COLORING PAGE of This Drawing

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Catfish

How to Draw a Great Looking Catfish for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

How to Draw a Catfish Step 01

1. Begin by sketching the catfish's eyes. First, outline two large ovals. Notice the overlapping lines at the top and bottom of the ovals.

Within each oval, shade a smaller oval to indicate the pupils. Then, draw a curved line to form an eyelash above each eye.

Easy Catfish Drawing - Step 2

How to Draw a Catfish Step 02

2. Use curved lines to draw the mouth and barbel. Notice how the lines of the lips do not overlap, and how the lines of the barbel meet at a point.

Unlock AD FREE and PRINTABLE drawing and coloring tutorials

  • 1,900+ drawing & coloring PDFs
  • 50+ ebooks
  • Ad-free website

Easy Catfish Drawing - Step 3

How to Draw a Catfish Step 03

3. Draw a barbel on the opposite side of the mouth. Use a pair of curved lines that meet at a point. Then, use a long "S" shaped line to begin outlining the body.

Easy Catfish Drawing - Step 4

How to Draw a Catfish Step 04

4. Draw the lower jaw using overlapping curved lines. Draw another, longer curved line parallel to the first.

Easy Catfish Drawing - Step 5

How to Draw a Catfish Step 05

5. Draw four additional barbels surrounding the fish's mouth. Use pairs of short curved lines that meet at points for each.

Easy Catfish Drawing - Step 6

How to Draw a Catfish Step 06

6. Use a long curved line to draw the fish's pectoral fin. Extend the line to form the scalloped edge, then double it back upon itself. Then, use a long curved line to sketch the remaining side of the fish's body.

Easy Catfish Drawing - Step 7

How to Draw a Catfish Step 07

7. Draw the fish's dorsal fin. First, draw a curved "V" shaped line. Then, connect the tips of the "V" with a wavy line.

Use curved lines to complete the body and connect the ends of the tail. Enclose the first of the tail fins using a curved line.

Add More Details to Your Catfish Picture - Step 8

How to Draw a Catfish Step 08

8. Draw the tail or caudal fin. Extend two curved lines from the end of the body, then connect them with a curved line.

Enclose the anal fin below the tail and a pectoral fin at the side of the body, using a curved line for each.

Complete the Outline of Your Catfish Drawing - Step 9

How to Draw a Catfish Step 09

9. Texture the fins and tail with curved lines running down the length of each.

Color Your Catfish Drawing

How to Draw a Catfish Step 10

Color your catfish. Many catfish display dark colors, such as black, brown, or green, in order to blend in with their muddy environments.

Some have shades of red or blue. Albino catfish are white, and the glass catfish has transparent skin that allows you to see its organs and bones!

For more great Sealife drawing tutorials, see the 31 Easy and Fun Sealife Drawing Ideas post.

Easy, step by step Catfish drawing tutorial
How to Draw a Catfish Pinterest Image

Click HERE to save the tutorial to Pinterest!

Learn More About The Catfish Drawing

Catfish [kat-fish] n. 1. any of the numerous fishes having a fancied resemblance to a cat, characterized by barbels around the mouth and the absence of scales.

2. Slang. a person who assumes a false identity or personality on the internet, especially to deceive or manipulate.

"Don't get catfished." From the delicious freshwater fish native to every continent but Antartica to a popular television show and term for someone who deceives, the word "catfish" has undergone great changes in meaning in recent years.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

You can learn how to draw a catfish, no matter the definition you intend.

Catfish are popular from the aquarium hobby to the dinner plate. Small catfish, some less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) in length, are kept as pets.

In the wild, the largest catfish ever caught weighed 646 lbs (293 kg). Catfish are easily recognized by their barbels or "whiskers," which they use to feel, taste, and smell.

A few species can produce an electric shock!

Are there monster catfish dwelling in a lake or river near you? You can draw their underwater habitat, inhabited by other familiar species such as bass and salmon.

If you liked this drawing tutorial, see also the following guides: Swordfish drawing, Bass drawing, and Salmon drawing.

Catfish Drawing Tutorial - Easy & Fun Printable Pages

Join now and get immediate access to thousands of printable drawing instruction and practice pages!

Printables thumbnail: How to Draw a Catfish

Learn how to get access to thousands of printable pages!

Become a member sales prompt


Still seeing ads or not being able to download the PDF?

First, check that you're logged in. You can log in on the member login page.

If you're still not able to download the PDF, the likely solution is to reload the page.

You can do this by clicking the browser reload button.

It is a circular arrow-shaped icon at the top of the browser window, typically found in the upper-left side (you can also use keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl+R on PC and Command+R on Mac).

See a Google Web Story of this Catfish Drawing Tutorial.

Why You Can Trust Our Drawing Guides

We've been creating high-quality, easy-to-follow drawing tutorials since 2016. Rauno and the team of experienced artists are dedicated to helping people of all ages and skill levels learn to draw.

We've carefully crafted over 1,900 step-by-step tutorials, ensuring that each one is safe, beginner-friendly, and engaging. We expand our library with new drawing guides every week, adding more drawing ideas and staying up-to-date with new trends.

Our commitment to quality and accessibility has earned the trust of more than 1,700 satisfied paid members who have access to the huge library of drawing printables and ebooks, in addition to the regular step-by-drawing tutorials that are available for all readers.

You can trust Easy Drawing Guides to provide you with some of the best drawing tutorials available online.

Learn more about Rauno and Easy Drawing Guides.