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How to Draw a Goldfish

Learn how to draw a goldfish with this easy step by step tutorial, and then try your hand at layering colors with crayon. Some pretty blending just might happen!

How to Draw a Goldfish

Most children learn to draw very simplified fish, when they are starting out, which is actually helpful when they are just figuring out how to get the shapes they want down on paper.

But after they notice that those simplified shapes don’t account for all the many kinds of fish they know of, they might be ready to draw the very familiar goldfish with some more details. This one has the fancy flowy tail, which is not that hard to draw, and might add some extra fun.

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How to Draw a Goldfish
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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have in the smaller boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors, and seem a bit richer than ones Prang has.


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Goldfish

  1. Draw the main fish body.

  2. Add a flowing tail.

  3. Draw the face with an eye and mouth.

  4. Add a pectoral fin.

  5. Erase the gray line and add dorsal fin.

  6. Add line details inside the fins.

  7. Add line details inside the tail.

  8. Draw some scale texture. Add bubbles in the water.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.


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