how to draw a clownfish

In this lesson, you will learn how to draw a clownfish made from simple shapes and colors in just eight easy steps. Adding simple effects like shadows and highlights will also be covered. No doubt that "Finding Nemo" was the first movie to bring this exotic creature to life. However, most people are not aware that clownfish can come in various shapes and colors. For this tutorial, let's focus on the most successful version featuring a fish with white stripes and subtle orange colors. Ready? Let's proceed with the first step now ...

How To Draw A Clownfish

working on the silhouette of the cartoon clownfish

First, let's draw the silhouette of the cartoon clownfish using mostly short curved lines. As you can see below, this animal is gifted with several large fins. On top of the creature, one large dorsal fin made from two curved lines can be drawn. 

You can also sketch a round caudal fin on the right of the illustration. Two ventral fins are created on the bottom of the character. Notice how the line near the top of the mouth is slightly drawn towards the left compared to the bottom line.

How To Draw A Clownfish

Next, you can draw a large eye using a perfect circle. Another circle is needed to form the pupil. A pectoral fin is created using a curved line. The mouth is represented by another curved line. Finally, you can draw a third ventral fin on the bottom of the illustration. 

How To Draw A Clownfish

A clownfish is usually filled with a few simple white stripes. You can draw these stripes using long irregular curved lines. One stripe is added around the eyes and mouth. The second stripe is added near the middle of the creature. The last stripe is created on the caudal fin.

How To Draw A Clownfish

Edges of all fins are filled with stripes colored in black. You can draw these new elements using more long curved lines. You can see all new additions below (with a temporary pink outline).

How To Draw A Clownfish

It's time to add colors inside the cartoon clownfish. This one is filled with a light bright orange color. All stripes are white and the tip of the fins must be black. Using gradients is a good idea to create more depth inside the image. Notice how the orange shape is darker on the bottom and brighter near the top. Cool! This lesson on how to draw a clownfish is progressing nicely! :)

How To Draw A Clownfish

drawing simple effects to create more volume

In this step, we will add some basic shadows to create more depth inside this clownfish clipart. All new shapes are filled with a dark color. It's also important to add some transparency (or play with the opacity of the new shapes) to create a subtle result.

You can draw shadows around the eye of the clownfish and below the mouth. Another simple shadows is also drawn below the pectoral fin. Finally, small shadows are added on all remaining fins to separate them from the body.

How To Draw A Clownfish

Using the same recipe, we can now create some highlights on the animal. This time, all new shapes must be colored in white. Working with transparency is still important. You can see all new elements below (surrounded by a temporary blue outline).

How To Draw A Clownfish

Nice work learning how to draw a clownfish like this one!

Now that all steps are completed, you can see the final result below. Remember that clownfish can be drawn using various shapes, textures and colors. Don't hesitate to experiment. All tips learned here can easily be used to draw more animals and characters like this one. You are only limited by your imagination.

How To Draw A Clownfish

Below you can see all steps required to draw this cartoon clownfish grouped into a single picture. Study each step carefully and take all the time you need to get this character right. Now that we are done with this cute fish, feel free to try more appealing animals from the same series here. Have fun and don't forget to practice as often as possible. :)

How To Draw A Clownfish

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