Please PAUSE the video after each step to draw at your own pace (scroll down to see the final guppy fish drawing).
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw an oval as a guide for the guppy fish's body. The oval doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide.
Step 2: Draw a long arc similar to the letter U on its side on the right side of the oval to complete the guppy's body.
Step 3: On the left side of the oval, draw an angled line similar to a "less than sign" (<) as a guide for the guppy's head.
Step 4: Draw the guppy fish's tail or caudal fin on the right side og the body. First draw two curved, opposing diagonal lines on the top and bottom. Then close the gap with another curved line on the right. The size of this shape will determine the size of the guppy's tail.
Step 5: Draw a curved line on the top part of the guppy fish's body as a guide for the dorsal fin.
That's it for the initial sketch! From this point on, press harder with your pencil to get a more defined sketch.
Step 6: Draw the guppy's eye inside the fish's head. The eye is just a circle. Draw a smaller circle inside and shade it in for the pupil. Draw a few lines surrounding the fish's eye for extra detail.
Step 7: Draw the guppy fish's mouth on the left side of the head. Darken the sides of the guppy's mouth. The actual opening of the mouth is similar to the letter y.
Step 8: Draw the rest of the guppy fish's head using the initial line as a guide. Use curved lines for the guppy's head. On the lower right side of the fish's head, draw a curved line for the gill cover.
Step 9: Draw the guppy's pectoral fin inside the main oval. First draw a curved line next to the fish's gill cover for the base. Then draw a shape similar to the guppy fish's tail but smaller. Draw some lines inside it for the detail.
Step 10: Draw the guppy fish's tail using the initial shape as a guide. Darken the shape and draw more curves as you go along for a more organic feel. Draw a few lines inside the guppy's tail for structure. Use the shape as a guide for the direction of the lines.
Step 11: Draw the guppy fish's dorsal fin using the initial line as a guide. Just like the guppy's tail, draw more curves and lines for structure.
Step 12: Use a series of wavy lines, draw the guppy's pelvic fins under the body.
Step 13: Darken the remaining lines to create the rest of the body.
Step 14 (optional): You can stop here for a sketchy look or erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines for a cleaner look. Don't worry about erasing all of them. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Step 15 (optional): Add some shading to your guppy fish drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. It's a good idea to use reference for accuracy. And remember to PAUSE the video if you need help along the way.
Step 16 (optional): You can add more value throughout your guppy fish drawing for extra detail. Guppies come in a variety of patterns. You can draw spots, stripes or even add some color. Be creative! If you have a guppy fish, make your drawing look like your guppy. If you like this look, just draw some random dark spots and bars on the tail and dorsal fin using quick, short strokes.
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