Draw Goldfish 16

Step 16: Draw the anal fin the same way as the others. Use the initial shape as a guide.

Draw Goldfish 17

Step 17: Use the remaining lines to draw the rest of the body and tail. Darken the path of the initial guide lines and make the left side of the body that leads to the tail a bit longer. Lightly sketch the shape of the tail as you follow the basic path of the triangle-like guide. Darken the lines when you get the shape of the goldfish's tail right. Notice how the tail indents on the left side near the middle. Add some lines inside for detail. You can make the tail bigger and longer if you'd like.

Draw Goldfish 18

Step 18 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.

Draw Goldfish Last

Final Step (optional): Goldfish are colorful, so instead of the usual shading, try coloring your goldfish. Add some shading first using gray to give the goldfish drawing more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source to draw the shadows consistently. Shadows are usually at the cool end of the color spectrum, so use some blue and purple on the shadows.

Add some yellow for the shiny highlights on the goldfish. They're more of an orange color than gold, but the highlights can be yellow. You can start adding more orange. It's a good idea to add the colors lightly at first to determine what works, and then commit to darker hues.

There are different varieties of goldfish. Some are more red than orange. Others are black. Some have patterns and spots. You can color your goldfish however you want! If you have a pet goldfish, try to duplicate its pattern on your drawing. It's also a good idea to use reference if you want your goldfish drawing to have a particular pattern.

You can add a few small curved lines in the highlighted portion of the fish for the scales. Don't add every individual scale, just a few for the basic idea. Add different shades of orange throughout the goldfish's body to further shape the body. You can also vary the pressure on each pencil to get different shades of orange. Try to add the color smoothly for a sleek and shiny feel. But don't worry about making it perfect. Have fun with it! Keep building using darker tones until you get the result you want. Don't add too much color to the fins because a lot of the time they are see-through. You can add some blue circles around the goldfish to indicate bubbles in the water! Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Goldfish" video to draw at your own pace.

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