How to Draw a Goldfish

Easy, step by step Goldfish drawing tutorial
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The goldfish is an ornamental carp that is often kept in aquariums or in ponds. It was domesticated by the Chinese over 1,000 years ago. Today, goldfish and their relatives can be found all over the world.

Did you know? The wild carp from which goldfish were bred are typically greenish-brown and have long barbels or whiskers on their faces. Fish with differences in appearance were bred to produce about 125 varieties of goldfish, including comets, veiltails, celestials, and lionheads. If goldfish are returned to the wild, they resume their wild appearance after several generations.

Children around the world often have pet goldfish. They can be found in pet stores and as prizes at county fairs. This familiar animal has also made its way into popular culture. Appearances in animation include Fish Hooks' Bea Goldfish, Cleo from Disney's Pinochio, the unnamed goldfish in Cat in the Hat, and Fish Out of Water from Disney's Chicken Little.

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Would you like to draw a cute cartoon goldfish? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You'll also want to use bright colors to shade your goldfish.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Goldfish

Goldfish drawing - step 1
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 1

1. Draw a circle. This forms the shape of the fish's body.

Goldfish drawing - step 2
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 2

2. Erase one side of the circle and replace it with a curved line, forming a bulge. This is the fish's face.

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Goldfish drawing - step 3
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 3

3. Use a curved line to enclose a rounded shape on top of the circle. This forms the fish's upper fin, known as the dorsal fin.

Goldfish drawing - step 4
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 4

4. Extend a curved line from the bottom of the fish and double it back upon itself to form a teardrop-like shape. Then, repeat this process with a second line. The second shape should be partially hidden by the first. These are the goldfish's pelvic fins.

Goldfish drawing - step 5
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 5

5. Erase the side of the circle opposite the fish's face. From the broken line, extend a long, curved line. Draw another curved line, mirroring the first and meeting at a point. This forms the top section of the fish's tail, also called the caudal fin.

Goldfish drawing - step 6
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 6

6. Extend a curved line from the tail and another from the broken circle. Allow them to diverge before meeting at a point. This completes the fish's tail.

Goldfish drawing - step 7
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 7

7. Erase a portion of the fish's face to make room for the lips. Draw a sideways heart to fill the opening. Within it, use curved lines to enclose a teardrop shape. Then, use a long, curved line to outline the face and differentiate it from the body. Draw a curved line to indicate the cheek. Then, draw three successively smaller circles to form the eye. Shade between the two smallest to indicate the pupil. Draw the eyebrow using a short, curved line.

Goldfish drawing - step 8
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 8

8. Use a curved line to enclose the irregular shape of the pectoral fin. Then, texture the fish's body using overlapping "C" shaped lines. This indicates the texture of the scales.

Goldfish drawing - step 9
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 9

9. Continue to detail the fish. Draw a curved line at the base of the tail to separate it from the body. Then, draw curved lines across the tail, dorsal, pectoral, and pelvic fins.

Complete Goldfish drawing
How to Draw Goldfish: Step 10

Color your goldfish. Many display varying tones of orange, yellow, or red. Some are solid white or solid black. Others have spots.

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