How to Draw a Mermaid Tail

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

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

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Mermaid Tail

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

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the mermaid tail outline by drawing a series of curved lines to create an incomplete pentagon shape. This outlines the mermaid's human abdomen and the top of her fishy tail.

Easy Mermaid Tail Drawing - Step 2

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Next, draw wavy, curved lines around the top of the tail. Notice that the lines don't attach at the front of the tail.

Easy Mermaid Tail Drawing - Step 3

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Extend long, curved lines from the top of the tail to outline the sides of the tail. At the bottom, connect the lines with a zig-zag line.

Easy Mermaid Tail Drawing - Step 4

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Extend another long, curved line from the end of the tail. This will become the flowing tail fin. Draw a wavy, curved line that nearly meets the previous line to outline the end of the fin.

Easy Mermaid Tail Drawing - Step 5

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Draw a curved line from the wavy line to the tip of the tail. Then, create a near-mirror image on the opposite side.

Extend a long curved line from the body of the tail, and continue the wavy line at the end of the tail. These new lines should nearly meet but not connect.

Easy Mermaid Tail Drawing - Step 6

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw a curved line connecting the tip of the tail to its side. Then enclose small fins above the tail fin using wavy lines.

Easy Mermaid Tail Drawing - Step 7

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Detail the caudal or tail fin. Draw a wavy line across the end of it, and extend two curved lines across its middle.

Add More Details to Your Mermaid Tail Picture - Step 8

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw more curved lines across the tail fin, indicating its soft rays. Shade a small oval for the belly button, and begin using groups of "U" shaped lines to texture the scales.

Complete the Outline of Your Mermaid Tail Drawing - Step 9

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Continue to draw more "U" shaped lines, texturing the scales of the tail. Draw curved rays across the small fins.

Color Your Mermaid Tail Drawing

Mermaid Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Your mermaid tail outline is now complete. Color your cartoon. Traditionally, many mermaids have been depicted with green tails, but you can use any color you would like.

For more great fantasy drawing tutorials, see the collection of How to Draw Fantasy for Beginners.

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Learn More About The Mermaid Tail Drawing

Why be ordinary when you can be a mermaid? All you need is this mermaid tail drawing, and you'll have a tale to tell.

People have dreamed of - and drawn - mermaids for centuries. These fabled sea monsters have the upper body of a human combined with the tail of a fish.

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Male beings of this description were called mermen. This Poseidon drawing is an example of a merman.

If you enjoyed this drawing guide, you can also sketch a few mermaids in their entirety. Learn how to draw Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

Check out this mermaid drawing or this cute mermaid drawing with her fishy companion.

For more easy and fun guides, see the How to Draw an Easy Cute Character or Cartoon Angel Drawing tutorials.

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