How To Draw Shark

On this page I show you how to draw shark. Shark is in fact very easy subject for drawing.

The reason why it is easy to draw is that even if you do not keep the exact balance of body parts (fins, eyes, etc) position, your shark drawing will very much resemble to a real shark.

Trust me, it will!

Let’s draw one simple sketch of shark first. If possible avoid using eraser.

When the line you draw doesn’t please you, draw another one over or next to it, so you will see how your work gets better.

It is just a kind of a warm up exercise before you start drawing a real one.

1. Draw a simple spindle-shaped trunk. Yes, the body. The shape is a perfect fuselage, similar to a real aircraft.

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2. Generally, every shark has 3 basic distinctive features, how they are being recognized from other sea creatures. These are the First Dorsal Fin, the Pectoral Fin and the tail AKA Caudal Fin.

So when shark appears somewhere nearby the shore or beach, the first most visible thing is the First Dorsal Fin and maybe Caudal Fin.

Draw these 3 features plus mouth, and you have your shark almost ready. Yes it’s that simple.

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3. Draw gills, the eyes and the smaller fins on the rear (tail) part of the trunk. The gills are usually 5 slit openings between shark mouth and the Pectoral Fin. OK, so far, this was a simplified demonstration of how to draw shark in less than a minute.

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4. On the following picture is the basic structure and proportions of shark’s body. Before you start your shark drawing, note carefully the position and size of the fins.

Observe these basics carefully and you’ll easily learn how to draw shark almost instantly. Draw this picture 2 or 3 times and see the results. Then you can play with it as you like and create your own shark caricatures.

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There are various kinds and sizes of sharks and every kind has differences in shape of the body, fins, etc; therefore it is difficult to say which shark is a “standard” one.

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Let’s now draw shark from slightly different angle, as if the shark would swim right above you in the sea. First, I made an outline of shark’s body and marked the mouth and the eyes.

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As a second step, start to shade the body. Although, shark’s belly is usually light almost white color, this time I shade it dark because the shark is above an the light comes from the above sea level.

Shade the body by simple pencil strokes as you see on the picture.

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Continue shading and add more dark tone on the shark’s belly.

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Make sure that the upper half of the body is lighter in color tone, because it is lighten from the top, the sea level. Draw the teeth and start to darken the mouth opening.

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While you working on shark’s mouth, here, try to be a little careful, just a bit precise when you shade the space among the teeth.

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Now, that you are almost ready, take a cotton swab or tissue paper and you can soften the pencil strokes if necessary. It’s up to you.

On The following example we will draw shark in a most standard view, from the side.

Using this type of shark drawing enables you to draw practically every feature on the fish’s body.

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After you outlined the body start shading the shark from the top of the body. That part is always darker and the belly is usually lighter.

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The tip of the first dorsal fin and the pectoral fin is of light color, almost as if white.

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When you shade the top part of the shark make special attention around eyes area.

Notice on the shark’s head that the border between top dark and bottom (belly) white runs just from below the eyes towards the pectoral fin.

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Again, you can soften the pencil strokes by cotton swab or by fingertip.

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respond to 11 year boy (sharks) 
Unless you have no talent at all this should be really easy ,for a me ,an 9 year old, i can probably draw alot better then you. consider your self pwned …

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