Let’s make your original cartoon fish drawing. You've probably seen some cartoon movies where the fish would be a hero, like Finding Nemo…or maybe the Japanese movie Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea. (in Japanese: “Iwa No Ue No Ponyo”)
The cartoon fish I drew here is a made-up fantasy. I Googled a couple of images on the Internet and find some inspiration.
Yes, you’re right the colors are similar to Nemo. This fish is a girl.
Feminine features on the fish’s face are the lips and the eyes. Also the fins, but I shall explain about the fins during the process of drawing.
Any type of fish is suitable to make it a cartoon. But I think that one of the best themes to choose for cartoon fish drawing is tropical fish. You can play more with the shapes and colors. Your own fantasy is the limit.
We are going to draw together this fish. It may look a bit complicated at first.
But you should know me well enough by now that every - even seemingly complicated drawing - turns out to be very simple and easy - as always.
The original tropical fish body contours were like this. Prolonged head and mouth is maybe the most distinct feature.
Outline the fins and correct the tail a little, because it was a bit unbalanced on the previous sketch. The eye is originally this small.
Real cartoon fish drawing transformation from a tropical fish body contour into a cartoon-like look starts maybe here. Notice that almost every cartoon character has big eyes.
Especially females and it applies also to animal cartoon characters.
So draw the larger eye(s). Since this fish is a female fish, one of the best ways to express gender is through the eye(s).
Draw the mouth. The mouth should be a little open and smiling because that is a very friendly look.
Tropical fishes have such fantastic body colors and designs. I love these because you can play with them as you wish and you virtually cannot make a mistake.
Mark out the fins so they look like real fins. You can make the edges a little jagged if you want.
By sharper pencil lines outline the final body contours including all fins.
These jagged fins look too rough? Or maybe even a bit aggressive for this little fish girl?
Well, in my opinion, these rounded edges of the fins look much softer and peaceful. More feminine-like. What do you think?
So choose which type of fins you like and let’s continue your cartoon fish drawing.
Erase all excess pencil lines. Now, with a simple pencil line draw the final outline contour of the fish.
Prepare your color pencils and we are going to draw the rest of this picture in color.
Begin with the black pencil and draw the borders of the pattern on the fish’s body. Leave a narrow border space on the outer part of the fins.
Draw the eye. Remember to leave a small shiny dot on the eye white. That is a reflection of light and it will make your eye drawing look more realistic.
If you encounter some difficulties drawing the fish’s eye, maybe you need a small memory refresher on how to draw manga eyes.
We are going to make this cartoon fish drawing in two colors. Red and White.
Begin to draw the red part first. I draw it with the orange-toned-red pencil as the basic color. This red color tone includes some yellow too.
When you are ready, it should look something like this. As you see, this red is not so suitable and not so nice as the final top cover color.
Erase - clean the white parts of the body to get rid of the rest of the graphite dust.
With the more deep and darker red pencil, fill the red part over the previous layer.
Paint the eyelid stronger and mark out the lips. This is a girl-fish. Another distinctive feature for cartoon girls is eyelashes. So draw a couple of long curled eyelashes.
Fish like this swims in the sea, in clean blue seawater. It means that the white part on the fish’s body looks slightly blue. That is a reflection of seawater.
Take a light blue pencil and very gently color the white part blue. By darker blue pencil, draw markings of scales. The scales are better visible on the white part.
With the blue pencil, fill out the space around the fish so it will look like water.
Use your fantasy. If you are not sure, make some test drawings and coloring on a separate paper so that you won’t destroy your original cartoon fish drawing.