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Step 10: Use the shape on the left side as a guide to draw the angelfish's tail. Darken the shape but make the top and bottom tips longer and pointier. Inside the fin, add some lines for structure. Use sloping lines on the top and bottom and horizontal lines in the middle.

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Step 11: Darken the line on the right for the first par of the angelfish's pelvic fin. Make the line more wavy as you darken it. Make the shape wider by drawing another line to the right. Below this fin, draw another thin, long shape that curves to the left for the pelvic fin that's on the other side of the body.

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Step 12: Use the big initial circle as a guide to draw the rest of the angelfish's body. Follow the path of the circle as you darken the line but make the left side wider than the right side. Curve the lines on the left side so that they connect to the tail. To the left of the gill cover, draw the small pectoral fin. The pectoral fin is make up of a sloping line at the top and horizontal line at the bottom. Close off the shape on the sides using wavy vertical lines. Add a few lines inside the shape to give the fin structure.

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Step 13: 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 you may have accidentally erased.

How to Draw an Altum Angelfish Blue Zebra Fish

Final Step: Shade your angelfish drawing. Draw a series of long, vertical lines across the body to create stripes. Curve the lines inside the body to emphasize the shape of the fish. Shade the inside of the stripes using a dark value. Shade lightly at first and slowly work your way up to a darker value. For a light value, push very lightly on your pencil then gradually push harder for darker values. Use a medium value on the rest of the fish's body. Use a very light value on the outer edges of the stripes. The pectoral fin is fairly transparent, so shade the stripe behind it. Also use lighter value on a small section at the top of the body to create a highlight. Add thinner, rougher stripes inside the fins too. Break up these smaller strips so that they're almost like spots in certain sections. There are different varieties of angelfish, so you can shade yours differently if you'd like. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for a more accurate depiction of an angelfish. If you have an aquarium with a pet angelfish, try to duplicate it's pattern on your drawing. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

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