In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Green Moray Eel step-by-step.
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To draw this Eel 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 Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing three circles as guides for the green moray eel's body and head. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine its height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rim of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the size and spacing between the circles. The farther apart you place the circles, the longer the body will be.
Step 2: Inside the small circle for the head, draw two intersecting lines. These are construction lines that will help you place the facial features later on. On the right side of the head, draw two small arcs as guides for the moray eel's top and lower jaw. Pay attention to the sizes of these arcs in relation to the head. Connect the circles on the right using short lines to create the guide for the neck.
Step 3: Connect the circles in the middle using two curved horizontal lines to create the guide for the moray's body. On the left side, draw two lines that curve down and to the right for the first part of the tail. This top shape should be wide at the top and pointy at the bottom. On the right side, complete the tip of the tail by drawing two more sloping lines that form a thin shape under the body.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.
Step 4: Inside the head, draw a small circle for the eel's eye. Use the initial lines as guides to position the eye in side the head. Inside the eye, draw a smaller circle for the pupil and shade it in. Darken the top arc on the right side to create the top jaw. Extend the bottom line farther to the left for the long mouth. Add a few lines around the eyes for texture on the skin and on the front of the jaw for the nostrils.
Step 5: Darken the bottom arc to create the green moray eel's lower jaw. Extend the lines farther to the left to make the shape longer. Inside the shape, draw a sloping line to create the open mouth.
Step 6: Inside the mouth, draw a series of tiny triangular shapes for the moray's teeth. Draw the teeth along the top inner edge of the open mouth. Add a few lines on the lower jaw for texture.