How to Draw a Goldfish

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

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

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Goldfish

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

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 01

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

Easy Goldfish Drawing - Step 2

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 02

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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Easy Goldfish Drawing - Step 3

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 03

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.

Easy Goldfish Drawing - Step 4

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 04

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.

Easy Goldfish Drawing - Step 5

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 05

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.

Easy Goldfish Drawing - Step 6

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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.

Easy Goldfish Drawing - Step 7

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 07

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.

Add More Details to Your Goldfish Picture - Step 8

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 08

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.

Complete the Outline of Your Goldfish Drawing - Step 9

How to Draw a Goldfish Step 09

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.

Color Your Goldfish Drawing

How to Draw a 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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Learn More About The Goldfish Drawing

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 Pinocchio, 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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