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How to Draw a Clownfish

Anyone can draw a clownfish pretty much with just an oval, and stripes, and fins.

This adorable clown fish was made by a talented 1st grader, Neariah, a few years back. If it looks familiar, it’s because it graced the cover of a Strathmore Paint Pad of paper for quite a few years. I still see it from time to time at Michael’s and JoAnn’s. So proud of her!


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  1. Draw a wide oval in the middle of a 9″ x 12″ sheet of watercolor paper. Add six vertical lines as shown in the diagram, which become the three white stripes on the fish.
  2. Draw a tail and two sets of fins between the stripes on the fish.
  3. Add the eyes and side fin details as shown in the diagram.
  4. Draw lots of tube-like sea plants coming up from the bottom of the paper. Add  more baby fish and princess crowns, if you wish.
  5. Trace the fish with a black permanent marker and paint the drawing with watercolors. I find that liquid watercolor and watercolor paper get the most colorful results.


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