Online Art Lesson: How To Draw A Clown Fish

How to draw a clown-fish with step-by-step instructions
How to draw a clown-fish with step-by-step instructions | Source

Lately I've been drawing and painting a lot of sea life - and sea creatures have been a favorite subject. Besides teaching art to kids, I also teach a free family art day at the Sun Gallery where we recently learned how to draw turtles and clown fish - with some step by step instructions that I created.

If you are teaching this online lesson to kids, keep in mind that the stripes will be hard for them to get exactly correct, so just aim for proportion as much as possible. If they are coloring their clown fish, 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.

Have fun!

Step by step how to draw a clown fish

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Step 2: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish | Source
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Step 3: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish | Source
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Step 4: Step by step instruction how to draw a clownfish | Source

How to draw a clown fish step by step

In the steps to drawing your clown fish, keep in mind that most of the stripes on the clown fish coincide with where the clown fish fins are. This online guide is not meant to be completely anatomically correct, but will give you all the instructions to drawing your clown fish as close to realism as possible. Smaller children can substitute "triangles" or stretched out "U's"' for fins, and can also do the shapes in more basic forms such as ovals. Here are the online steps to draw your clown fish:

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

  2. Draw a sideways slightly rounded triangle connected to the fish body for the tail.

  3. Connect the tail by drawing 2 curved lines, one on the top and one on the bottom.

  4. Now erase the lines on the inside the tail.

  5. Draw the shapes that will now be your fish fins and the stripes on the body. The shapes are now outlined in marker to better show you the shapes you will be drawing. You can continue to draw with your pencil. This part can be a little tricky. 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 clown fish. Now you can trace the entire fish if you like with marker. If you are going to be painting the fish with watercolor or acrylics do not use any markers, just continue on with your pencil.


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

Adding details to your clown fish drawing

If you want to add details to your clown fish you can do a zig-zag line of black between each of its stripes and you can also add some scales and fin detail. Most people want to add color to their fish - and below in this hub you will find a photo of the clown fish in its natural habitat, along with colors your clown fish stripes should be. I like my kids (and adults) to use their imagination, so feel free to change your clown fish color to anything you like.

To add even more detail, consider adding some anemones to your clown fish's 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

5 interesting facts about Clown Fish

Here are some interesting facts to go along with your art lesson. You can use these facts to teach the art lesson to kids and can also have the kids write down these facts on the back of their artwork.

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

More art lessons by Dorsi

I also have other step by step art lessons below for those that would like to learn how to draw other subjects. I am always teaching new lessons so subscribe to my RSS feed or fan me to be informed of new lessons that I post. Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoyed your "How to Draw a Clown Fish" art lesson.

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How to draw a clown fish step by step instruction.
How to draw a clown fish step by step instruction. | Source

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FlourishAnyway 2 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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Dorsi 2 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

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

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