How to Draw a Shrimp

Easy, step by step Shrimp drawing tutorial
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Would you like to learn how to draw a shrimp? Whether it's for your aquarium, the open sea, or your favorite seafood recipe, we've got the cartoon shrimp drawing tutorial that you need.

You've probably eaten popcorn shrimp, shrimp scampi, or some other dish. But what are shrimp? Where do they come from?

Shrimp or prawns are a type of animal called crustaceans. This animal family also includes lobsters and crabs.

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Shrimp have many legs, and they swim using small leg-like appendages called swimmerets. Some display fascinating behaviors.

The pistol shrimp, for example, stuns its prey by producing a loud sound - one of the loudest in the ocean! Others form symbiotic relationships with small fish in which they protect one another.

Shrimp live all over the world, some in oceans and some in freshwater rivers and streams. There are about 2,000 species of shrimp, and you are about to draw one of them!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Jellyfish, Squid, and Crab.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Shrimp

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

1. Begin by drawing the shrimp's head. Use a series of straight and curved lines to enclose a rough teardrop shape. Notice how two of the curved lines overlap, forming the mouth. Draw a short curved line at the corner of the mouth. Note, too, the short lines that form a zigzag shape at the nose.

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

2. Draw the shrimp's eyes. Contour the cheek with a curved line. Above it, enclose the eye using an inverted "U" shaped line. Shade an oval within it to form the pupil. Enclose a second eye above the side of the face. Then, use curved lines to draw the eyebrows and eyelashes.

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

3. Erase the lines from behind the eyes. Then, begin drawing the segments of the crustacean's body. Enclose the partial oval shapes using curved lines.

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

4. Continue to enclose segments of the shrimp's body using curved lines.

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

5. Draw the final segments of the shrimp's body. Enclose them using curved lines.

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

6. Draw the shrimp's tail. Enclose the fins using a series of curved lines that meet at points. Texture the tail with curved lines.

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

7. Draw the shrimp's legs. For each leg, draw a pair of narrowly spaced parallel lines, and connect them on each end. This forms the upper leg. Then, extend a pair of curved lines from the tip and allow them to meet at a point. This completes the lower leg.

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

8. Draw small legs near the shrimp's tail. Enclose a narrow teardrop shape for each.

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

9. Draw two long, curved lines extending from the face and arching over the head. They may resemble a mustache, but they are actually the shrimp's antennae.

Complete Shrimp drawing
How to Draw Shrimp: Step 10

Color your cartoon shrimp or prawn. When we cook shrimp, they often turn pink or white. But in the wild, shrimp come in many colors, including red, white, blue, black, green, grey, brown, and orange.

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