Draw Clownfish 15

Step 15: Use the remaining shapes and lines as guides to draw the rest of the clownfish's body and tail. Follow the basic path of the arc on the right but make it wavier as you darken it to create the tail or caudal fin. Darken the lines for the body and add the pectoral fin on the other side too.

Draw Clownfish 16

Step 16: Draw the trademark clownfish pattern using a series of curved lines along the body. The first band goes between the eye and the gill. The second goes in the middle, behind the pectoral fin. The final band goes on the right side near the tail or caudal fin.

Draw Clownfish Sketch

Step 17 (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. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.

Draw a Clownfish

Final Step (optional): Clownfish are colorful, so instead of the usual shading, try coloring your drawing. Add some shading first using gray to give the 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.

Use black in the eye and to separate the pattern throughout the body. Add the black along the basic path of the patterns created earlier and on the edges of the fins. Continue adding black along the pattern and on the fins. Make the inside edges of the fins a bit jagged.

Now add the brighter color outside of the pattern throughout the body. Most of the colownfish is orange, but use red along the shadows first. Now add some red-orange as well. Using different shades of a color, in this case orange, gives more dimension to a drawing. Continue to build up the color by adding different shades of orange on top of each other. Now lightly add a coat of basic orange as a midtone to the rest of the clownfish's body. After the orange, use yellow-orange to the rest of the body. At this point, you can push harder on your color pencil to mix the previous colors as well. You can also use yellow along the top for highlights and go back and add more red to the shadows. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Clownfish" video to draw at your own pace.

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