How to Draw a Neon Tetra Fish Color Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Neon Tetra Fish step-by-step.

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To draw this Neon Tetra step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

Below you can watch a NEW step-by-step video tutorial with NARRATED steps:

The following is a video tutorial where the steps are WRITTEN out within the video:

For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

Draw Neon Tetra Fish 1

Step 1: Draw a circle as a guide for the neon tetra's body. The circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. Leave enough room on the sides for the tail and the head.

Draw Neon Tetra Fish 2

Step 2: Draw an arc on the right side of the circle as a guide for the neon tetra's head. The length of the arc should be almost the width of the circle.

Draw Neon Tetra Fish 3

Step 3: Draw another arc on the left side of the circle as a guide for the back portion of the body. This arc should be longer and narrower than the first one and the bottom line should come up a bit higher.

Draw Neon Tetra Fish 4

Step 4: Draw a triangle-like shape on the left side as a guide for the neon tetra's tail or caudal fin. To draw this guide, first draw a long vertical line, then connect the line to the body using diagonal lines.

Draw Neon Tetra Fish 5

Step 5: Draw a couple more triangle-like lines to form the guides for the pectoral and pelvic fins. Simply draw an angled line inside the circle on the lower right side and another outside of the body on the lower left side.

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