How to Draw a Swordfish

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"The swordfish is one of the open ocean’s fastest, strongest predators." Also known as a broadbill, the swordfish can be distinguished from the similar marlin by its flat bill. Swordfish can reach lengths of almost 15 feet (4.6 meters) and weigh more than 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms). Amazingly, baby swordfish are nearly microscopic - yet their sword is visible soon after hatching!

Does the swordfish really use its sword? While it doesn't duel other swordfish or spear its meals as is depicted in animation, it does stun its prey - smaller fish - by slashing its head side-to-side, striking them with its sword-like bill.

The swordfish is considered a sport fish by fishing enthusiasts, and it is also netted as a food source. Besides humans, adult swordfish only have to look out for the largest ocean predators, such as sharks and killer whales.

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Would you like to draw a leaping cartoon swordfish? 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 may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Great While Shark, Orca, and Hammerhead Shark.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Swordfish

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

1. Begin by outlining the swordfish. Use two curved lines to draw a teardrop shape, pointed at one end but with an opening at the other. This outlines the body and tail. From the opening, extend a pair of lines that meet at a sharp point. This is the upper jaw or sword.

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

2. Draw the pectoral fins. Extend two pairs of curved lines, and allow each pair to meet at a point.

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

3. Draw the dorsal fin. Extend two curved lines, one from the head and one from the middle of the back. Allow them to meet at a point.

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

4. Draw the tail or caudal fins. Draw a "C" shaped line at the tip of the tail. Draw another "C" shaped line just above it, farther up the tail. Allow the lines to meet at points at the tips.

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

5. Draw the eye. First, draw a curved line near the front of the face. Above it, enclose the eye using an inverted "U" shaped line. Shade a quarter circle in the corner to form the pupil. Draw a curved line above the eye to indicate the eyebrow.

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

6. Draw the fish's open mouth. Draw a curved line across the base of the sword, and a "U" shaped line below it. Draw a curved line from the bow of the "U" to the corner of the mouth. At the mouth's corner, use three lines to draw a partial curved rectangular shape.

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

7. Erase overlapping lines from the mouth. Then, draw the gills using two curved lines. Draw a curved line from below the dorsal fin to the tip of the tail to indicate the fish's belly.

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

8. Draw the anal fins. Extend a pair of curved lines from each side of the belly at the base of the tail. Allow each pair to meet at a sharp point.

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

9. Band the dorsal fin with curved lines.

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How to Draw Swordfish: Step 10

Color your cartoon swordfish. These fish are often grey or bluish on top and white or cream underneath. They may also have blue markings on their fins and sides.

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