Dorsi is a freelance writer/researcher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a photographer, art educator, and artist.
Learning to Draw Sea Creatures
Sea creatures are a favorite subject of mine. I've been drawing a lot of sea life lately. Want to join me?
Here's how to draw a clownfish. If you are teaching this lesson to kids, keep in mind that the stripes of the fish might 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.
1. Draw the guidelines and make the oval for the fish body.
2. Draw a slightly rounded triangle sideways, connecting it to the fish body for the tail.
3. Connect the tail by drawing two curved lines, one on the top and one on the bottom.
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".
The Basic Drawing Is Done!
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, just continue with your pencil and don't use a marker.
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.
Five 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 clownfish 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.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on May 23, 2014:
Flourish, thanks that was I was hoping to achieve through these lessons. Thank you for the valuable comment and reading! :-)
FlourishAnyway from USA on May 23, 2014:
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.