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Easy How to Draw a Fish Tutorial and Fish Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Fish and a Fish Coloring Page. This one gets its details from the Blue Gill family!

A drawing of a fish, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.
Fish drawing

Have any of your students have ever said “this is how I draw fish”, and then proceeded to draw a very generic one? If so, it might be time to show them how many how to draw a fish with a few more real life details.

This tutorial is based on the bluegill species that is found in North American waterways, and very possibly one that some some have fished for before. They are some of the most popular breed in the sport of fishing.

This bluegill does have the basic eye shape that most students tend to draw, and the familiar fins, but with a bit more work, can look SO much more like a real fish. There’s a narrowness that connects to the tail, and the fins have both smooth AND pointy edges. Small changes that are not that hard to draw, and end up making a big difference in one’s study of a fish.

Lastly, when it comes to coloring, the iridescent color is admittedly a little trickier to capture with crayons or even watercolor. However, just making the bellies lighter than the rest of the body is easy, and true for most fish in any body of water.

Preview of Fish tutorial

A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy Fish, also available as a free download.

Fish Coloring Page

Fish Coloring page, available as a free download.

Fish Tracing Page

Fish Tracing page, available as a free download.
Trace with a black marker to make your own coloring page

Materials to draw a Fish

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.

Directions for a Fish Drawing

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Fish Step by Step

  1. Start the fish body.

  2. Finish with the tail.

  3. Draw the face.

  4. Add pectoral fin, and start top dorsal fin.

  5. Add the lines to the dorsal fin.

  6. Finish dorsal fin and draw bottom fins.

  7. Finish bottom fins.

  8. Add some random scales.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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