How to Draw a Clownfish

Updated on February 7, 2018
How to draw a clown-fish with step-by-step instructions
How to draw a clown-fish with step-by-step instructions | Source

How to Draw a Clownfish

I've been drawing and painting a lot of sea life lately because sea creatures are a favorite subject of mine. If you are teaching this lesson to kids, keep in mind that the stripes will be hard for them to get exactly correct. To help them along, just aim for proportion as much as possible. If they are coloring their clownfish, help them with the correct color order. This is probably the toughest part of this lesson. Most people like to color their fish, but this lesson is in black and white to teach you the basic shapes you will need to draw your fish.

Keep in mind that most of the stripes coincide with where the fins are. Smaller children can substitute "triangles" or stretched out "U's"' for fins, and they can also create the shapes in more basic forms such as ovals.

Have fun!

Step1: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish
Step1: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish | Source

Instructions

1. Draw the guidelines and make the oval for the fish body.

Step 2: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish
Step 2: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish | Source

2. Draw a slightly rounded triangle sideways, connecting it to the fish body for the tail.

Step 3: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish
Step 3: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish | Source

3. Connect the tail by drawing two curved lines, one on the top and one on the bottom.

Step 4: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish
Step 4: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish | Source

4. Erase the lines inside the tail.

5. Draw the shapes that will be the fins and the stripes. The shapes are now outlined in marker to better show the shapes you will be drawing, but you can continue to draw in pencil. I have drawn the whole fish in pencil here but you don't need to worry about doing the rest of the fish yet.

6. Add the fin on the side of the fish body.

7. Add the front stripe, eye, and mouth.

8. Now add the last shape for the front and bottom fin. You will notice this shape looks almost like a "boomerang".

  • You have now created your basic clownfish! Trace the entire fish with a marker if you're finished. If you are going to paint the fish with watercolor or acrylics, do not just continue on with your pencil and don't use a marker.

Completed drawing of a clown fish with easy to follow step by step instructions.
Completed drawing of a clown fish with easy to follow step by step instructions. | Source

Add Final Details

If you want to add details to your clownfish, you can do a zig-zag line of black between each of its stripes and add details to the scales and fin. Most people want to add color to their fish. I like my kids (and adults) to use their imagination, so feel free to change your clownfish's color to anything you like.

To add even more detail, consider adding some anemones to the habitat. These can be random "noodles" drawn around the fish.

Clown Fish at Bristol Zoo Aquarium, Bristol, England.
Clown Fish at Bristol Zoo Aquarium, Bristol, England. | Source
How to draw a clown fish step by step instruction.
How to draw a clown fish step by step instruction. | Source

5 Facts About Clownfish

You can use these interesting clownfish facts to teach the art lesson to kids. They can also write down these tidbits of information on the back of their artwork.

  • Clownfish live among sea anemones and have a mutual relationship with them even though sea anemones are flesh-eating animals. The clownfish help the anemones by eating their dead tentacles.
  • Besides their "popular" colors (orange, white, and black), clownfish also come in yellow and white or blue and white.
  • Clownfish can lay 1,000 eggs, and the male clownfish guards the eggs.
  • All clownfish are born males. When a female clown fish dies, the most dominant male among the fish can itself turn into a female.
  • In the wild, clownfish can live up to 6-8 years.

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    Dorsi Diaz 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Flourish, thanks that was I was hoping to achieve through these lessons. Thank you for the valuable comment and reading! :-)

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    I like your simple instructions and your use of facts about them. I could see this being used in a class with either kids or adults.

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