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Salmon - coloring with watercolor crayon
Aquatic animals

Fish and sharks

Fish and sharks

This page is about fish and sharks of all kinds. Fish come in all different sizes, shapes and colors depending on their habitat (freshwater or saltwater, water temperature and so on). Visually, there are also differences between predatory fish and prey fish. Depending on the fish species, the fins are also arranged and shaped differently and vary in number.

 

Coloring with colored pencil

Examples of coloring can be found in my German-language blog:

 

Fish step by step instructions

Here I have created and provided some examples for learning to draw fish and sharks. If you want to draw more fish, use the knowledge of the basic shapes and ideally take a photo reference for help. Also, use the basic shapes. 😉

Fish and sharks: Salmon - coloring with watercolor pencils
Fish and sharks: Salmon – coloring with watercolor pencils (Steps in the blog)

 

Draw a perch

Perch come in different species, sizes and colors. The perch shown is a classic freshwater predatory fish, which can be recognized by its powerful mouth. Its fins are designed to move forward quickly. Its color is adapted to its habitat and is grey, yellow and green.

Drawing perch step by step
Drawing perch step by step

 

A clownfish

The clownfish is a typical reef dweller and has become world-famous since the Disney animated film “Finding Nemo”. The anemonefish, as it is otherwise known, is quite small and lives its entire life in its personal anemone, whose poisonous nettles protect the fish from predators. The fish itself is immune to the poison and defends its anemone vigorously against intruders.

Clownfish drawing tutorial
Clownfish drawing tutorial

 

A koi carp from above

Koi carp are the swimming jewels among fish. They originally come from Japan and are often kept in garden ponds. These fish are very expensive among enthusiasts. Special breeds vary in price. White koi with a red spot, for example, are particularly valuable in Japan.

Drawing koi carp from above
Drawing koi carp from above

 

Koi carp swims upwards

Koi carp are the swimming jewels among fish. They originally come from Japan and are often kept in garden ponds. These fish are very expensive among enthusiasts. Special breeds vary in price. White koi with a red spot, for example, are particularly valuable in Japan.

Drawing tutorial Koi carp swimming upwards
Drawing tutorial Koi carp swimming upwards

 

A tweezer fish

The tweezer fish is a South Sea fish. The fish that live there are usually very colorful and exotic. The tweezer fish gets its name from its long, thin snout. The spot on its back is intended to simulate an eye and thus confuse and ward off predators.

Draw tweezer fish step by step
Draw tweezer fish step by step

 

Prehistoric fish from above

Here you can see a prehistoric fish from above. Its side fins are widely fanned out.

Prehistoric fish drawing tutorial
Prehistoric fish drawing tutorial

 

Draw a lamprey

The lamprey is easily mistaken for a snake or an eel, but it is an ancient fish. It has flat fins on its rear body with which it can move sinuously through the water.

Not an eel, learning to draw a lamprey
Not an eel, learning to draw a lamprey

 

Sharks step by step instructions

Below you will find drawing tutorials for drawing sharks:

 

Draw a shark

The shark is the classic predator of the seas. Its body is shaped in such a way that it can move quickly under water. Its mouth is fearsome with sharp teeth. It has a light belly so that it is not easily recognized from below and a dark back so that it is not recognized from above.

Drawing sharks step by step up to coloring
Drawing sharks step by step up to coloring

 

A shark from the side

The shark has a slender, dynamic body with a rigid dorsal fin that allows it to move quickly through the water. In its basic form, the shark has a tear-shaped body that tapers at the front and back.

Draw a swimming shark from the side
Draw a swimming shark from the side

 

Blacktip reef shark from below

Viewed from below, the downward-angled mouth, the lateral fins and the rear ventral fins are striking. The shark has a white belly so that it is difficult to recognize when viewed from below.

Blacktip reef shark drawing steps
Blacktip reef shark drawing steps

 

Draw whale shark

Contrary to what the name might suggest, the whale shark is not a whale, but actually a shark. It is not an air breather, but has gills. What it does have in common with whales, however, is its broad shape and its eating habits: it collects plankton through its huge and wide-open mouth, which it filters in its mouth like a whale.

Whale shark drawing tutorial
Whale shark drawing tutorial

 

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