How to Draw a Nurse Shark


In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Nurse Shark step-by-step. Nurse Sharks are a bottom-dwelling species of shark that can grow up to 10 feet in length. The tend to stay close to shore but are not a threat to humans unless they're provoked.


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All of the tutorials on are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.


The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:


To draw a Nurse Shark 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.


The Written step-by-step video tutorial:


For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.



How to Draw a Nurse Shark 1

Step 1: Draw a circle on the right side of the paper as a guide for the front part of the nurse shark's body. First make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, a lid or any other object with a circular edge. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.


How to Draw a Nurse Shark 2

Step 2: On the left, draw another circle as a guide for the mid-section of the body. Don't draw the circles too close. The farther apart they are, the longer your nurse shark will be. The circles should be about the same size and at the same level.



How to Draw a Nurse Shark 3

Step 3: Add the guide for the head by first making a mark on the far right side. Then draw two curved lines that connect the first circle to the mark to form the shape of the shark's head. The final shape should be a wide arc that's slightly pointed at the tip.


How to Draw a Nurse Shark 4

Step 4: Draw two long, horizontal lines that connect the circles to create the guide for the nurse shark's torso.



How to Draw a Nurse Shark 5

Step 5: Add the guide for the back of the body by first making a small mark on the far left side. Then connect the mark to the circle using long lines. The back portion of the nurse shark's body should be long and thin.

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