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How to Draw A Shark using rectangles and triangles

How To Draw A Shark Using Rectangles And Triangles

It's now time to learn how to draw a shark using a few simple shapes like squares, triangles and rectangles. Using the six steps displayed below, you should be able to reproduce this animal easily and rapidly if you don't mine practicing a little.

Each animal is unique and it is easier to capture the physical uniqueness of each character when this one is drawn using a few details and simple and basic shapes. To turn this drawing lesson into a successful experience, just take your time, study this character carefully and enjoy!

drawing a square to form the body

Like I said earlier, this animal is mostly made from basic shapes that are assemble to form the cartoon shark. Let's start this lesson by sketching a large square to form the body. Leave some space all around this new shape so that we can add more body parts later in this tutorial.

How To Draw A Shark

adding a triangle to form the tip of the nose

Next, draw a thin triangle on the left side of the original shape. This new element will be used to form the tip of the nose. Don't worry. All shapes created so far (and in the next steps) will be merge in the end of the lesson to create something coherent.

How To Draw A Shark

Working on the back fin using a few triangles

On the right side of the shark, add two triangles to represent the back fin. The first triangle must be large and joined to the main shape (the square). The second triangle is inverted and should be slightly smaller. Nice work! This lesson on how to draw a shark is progressing nicely.

How To Draw A Shark

sketching more details to illustrate the head

The main square drawn in the first step is used to represent the body and the head. On the left side of this one, draw a small dot to create the eye of the cartoon shark. Make sure this dot is not too big nor too small.

Below the eye, draw the mouth using a long broken line. Complete this step by drawing two more fins on the body. You can draw one fin on top and another one near the bottom. Both new elements are made from sharp triangles.

How To Draw A Shark

the final touch before proceeding with colors

Under the mouth, you can sketch several small teeth using tiny triangles. On the right side of the eye, you can add gills using small curved lines. Finally, a hole to illustrate the nose is added on the left side of the cartoon shark.

How To Draw A Shark

Learning how to draw a shark using fun colors!

Inside the character, you can add tons of gray colors as shown in the illustration below. For this version, I have used gradients to create more depth and volume. Indeed, notice how most shapes are now darker near the bottom and brighter on top. Only the teeth are white.

How To Draw A Shark

Great work! I hope you had fun learning how to draw a shark made from basic shapes. Don't hesitate to practice often if you want to improve your drawing abilities quickly and easily. You can also work with additional sharks from this site below. Enjoy! :)


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