Here is a tutorial for learning how to draw a fish with simple step by step instructions.
The good news is we made this easy enough for even a young artist to draw. Plus, you can use the same concepts to make several different types.
Whether you want to draw a cartoon fish, a cute fish, or even Little Nemo, just follow these instructions to create your favorite type of fish!
The easiest way to learn how to draw is to learn to see the shapes in each object. We can help you with that.
In fact we have already broken this cute fish down into shapes and divided it into steps for you to follow along easily.
So grab your favorite drawing paper and pencil and get ready to move on to the simple fish drawings.
Materials Needed To Learn How To Draw A Fish
- Piece of paper
- Pencil sharpener
A helpful tip when learning to draw is to keep an eraser nearby in case you need to start again.
Also, you can use a pink or white eraser, but I recommend using white. A pink eraser can leave red marks or streaks. Be sure to keep extra paper within reach too.
Step by Step Tutorial For How to Draw A Fish
Step 1. Draw the Head of the Fish and Part of the Body Shape
The first step is to draw a big circle for the fish’s head. This is an easy step to creating the basic structure of a fish.
Step 2. Draw the Back End of the Body
Now, let’s draw the back of the fish’s body. This is done by creating a curved line from the bottom of the fish head and then connecting it to the head’s top in a soft triangular shape.
Next, simply erase the left side of the circle you drew in the previous step.
Step 3. Create the Tail of the Fish
For the next step, you want to create the fish tale. Start at the bottom of the fish and draw a half moon shape.
Be sure to remove pointed edges to create the tale fin.
Step 4. Draw the Fish’s Eye, Head, and Mouth
For the eye of the fish, draw a round circle in the top right corner of the head. Next, draw a small curved line to make the head of your fish.
The minute you add that curved line, the body of your fish comes together! Draw a pair of rounded small half circles for the fish lips.
Step 5. Draw the Pupil
For the pupil, simply draw a moon shape in the middle of the fish eye.
Step 6. Draw the Top Fin
Now it’s time to draw fins. We will start with the dorsal fin. The dorsal fin helps to stabilize a fish and keep it from rolling.
Start at the front of the fish by drawing a curved lateral line ending in a point. Continue drawing a wavy line down to connect with the rest of the body.
Step 7. Make the Shape for the Pectoral Fin
Let’s continue by drawing the pectoral fin, a side fin. This helps the fish move forward, turn and stay upright.
This can be drawn as a rectangular shape along the belly of the fish.
Step 8. Draw a Pelvic Fin
The pelvic fin is located along the bottom of the fish and is used to help control the direction of the fish.
This is done by drawing a pointed oval shape attached to the gill covers.
Step 9. Provide the Additional Details on the Fins
To add extra detail, draw parallel lines along the dorsal fin and a pair of thin lines across the tail of the fish.
For fun ocean-themed activity, check out the I Spy ocean animals printable.
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- Pencil Sharpener
- Piece of Paper
- Please see the full materials list above the tutorial for details.
- Draw the Head of the Fish and Part of the Body Shape
- Draw the Back End of the Body Shape
- Create the Tail of the Fish At The Dotted Lines
- Draw the Fish’s Eye, Head, and Mouth
- Add the Pupil For A Neat Detail
- Draw the Top Fin At The Fish's Back
- Make the Shape for the Pectoral Fin Below
- Draw a Pelvic Fin Toward The Front And Low
- Provide the Additional Details on the Fins