Let’s draw some fish for fun!

Julia – one of our museum volunteers – shares her latest drawing of two cute fish to offer some inspiration. We hope they make you smile.

Gather your tools!

You’ll need:

  • Sketchbook or some paper
  • Colorful drawing instruments, such as marker or colored pencils
  • Imagination


First, grab your sketchbook – a notebook works, too – and your colored pencils or markers. Settle into a comfy space, then tap into your imagination and start drawing.

If you are having difficulty getting started, you might think of fish from animated shows or book illustrations you might have seen. Ask yourself:

  • What kind fish will I draw? How does this fish look?
  • Where does my fish live – in the ocean, an aquarium or another imaginary place?
  • What kind of fins and scales do my fish have – colorful, sheer, glittery?
  • What’s my fish’s personality? Does it reflect on his/her face or in the background scene?
  • Does my fish have other ocean inhabitant friends?

Remember, you should draw your fish (or two) the way you imagine it/them. You don’t need to draw your fish a specific way.

Tip: If your child gets frustrated because his/her drawing isn’t perfect, we suggest the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. We love that the main character discovers the fun in creating after realizing his art doesn’t need to look exactly like the thing he was trying to draw. Ish is awesome!

Note: Julia typically first sketches her fish with a pencil, then outlines with an illustrator pen (both 0.1 and 0.5 point). She adds color using some of Tombow acidfree water-based markers.

About our volunteer

Julia is a student at Arizona State University studying biology. She draws to relax and think. You might find her at the museum helping at an event, but she’s often behind the scenes helping input data and prepping sample artworks for marketing events.