How to Sketch Fish

Fish are a challenging but rewarding subject to draw. You can find them at public aquariums, zoos, fish hatcheries and at markets on the waterfront. You may even be lucky enough to have your own subject in a fish tank at home.

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you the basics of what you need to know to sketch a realistic fish. I’ll start with a quick primer on fish classification and anatomical parts, followed by a step-by-step demonstration using a rainbow trout specimen, and I’ll wrap up with showing you some examples of fish paintings I’ve completed in the course of working as a professional biological illustrator.

So get out a pencil and download your Sketching Cheatsheets (as shown below video) to follow along!

Download your Trout Sketching Cheatsheet as shown below.

Download your Rockfish Sketching Cheatsheet as shown below.

Bonus Video: Cooking Trout with Christine

In this video, I show you how to make a recipe from the rainbow trout I used in the fish sketching demonstration above.


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