In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw an Royal Gramma also called a Fairy Basslet Fish step-by-step.
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To draw this Royal Gramma 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.
Step 1: Draw a circle near the left side of the paper as a guide for the front part of the royal gramma or fairy basslet's body. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: To the right, draw another circle using the four-marks method again as a guide for the middle section of the body. Make this circle slightly smaller than the first one. Don't draw the circles too far apart or your fish will be too long. With every step, sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 3: To the left of the first circle, draw a big arc on its side as a guide for the royal gramma's head. To draw the arc, make a small arc on the far left side. Then connect the mark to the circle using curved lines.
Step 4: Connect the circles using two horizontal lines at the top and bottom to finish the middle part of the royal gramma's body.
Step 5: Add the guide for the fish's body by first making a small mark on the far right side. Draw two lines from the second circle to the mark for the top and bottom edges of the royal gramma's body. Make the mark longer so that it's a curved, vertical line. Sketch lightly at first so that you get this shape right.