Another method you can use when drawing fish is this one. Start from the bottom at the tail end, then go up towards the head and back round, crossing over the line and ending at the top part of the tail. You can adjust to whatever the size and shape depending on the fish you are drawing.
You can then bridge over the cross you made at the tail and add in the fins and other details that your fish has. I am drawing a salmon which have a hooked mouth and a light covering of spots all over.
Now draw over in pen and shade in appropriately. For scales, make a series of lines creating a grid in pencil. Then, with a pen, create a series of 'C'-shaped marks along the grid. Or if you want to, just make a horrizontal and vertical scribble both ways, the lazy way out.
Colour in your fish. I used green, yellow and grey for the head and back and a light layer of pink and brown for the underside of my salmon. I used a different black pen which was prone to smudging to go over some parts like the eye and I deliberately smudged in the tip of the top fin ever so slightly. Just be very careful, as smudging can ruin the drawing and make a mess on your finger.
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Add the details like the eye, gill and fin. An eel has one long fin that goes all the way along it's back to the tip of it's tail and round the underside of it's body. Start drawing it at where it curves. Create a triangle from the top of it's back and then trail two lines from it down to it's tail. You need to draw a line along the bottom of the tail for the lower part of the tail fin too. Draw over in pen and shade in the upper half of the body.
Finish off by colouring in your eel brown, black and/or grey. The upper half is darker than the underside. The tail fin is also lighter in colour. And that is it. Your eel is complete.
Hope you have enjoyed drawing fish this week. I also hope that it has opened your eyes to these aquatic animals and will make you spend a little more time watching them from the side of a river. Maybe one day, I will get to swim with some in the wild. That has always been a dream of mine. Until next week, keep drawing!