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how to draw a shark step by step

How To Draw A Shark Step By Step (Cool Drawing Guide)

Sharks have always been interesting to me. Their teeth especially can give me shivers and that look in their eye, it would be best to never have the chance to be in front of them.

Regardless of the scary stories of sharks, they are fascinating creatures. Did you know that they don’t have any bones and their skin is said to feel like sandpaper.

They also have really good eyesight which is usual to catch their prey but what’s most captivating is that sometimes they can go into a trance.

How cool is that? Anyway, enough about facts. I’m sure you’re here to learn how to draw a shark from start to finish.

The good news is that I have a special step by step tutorial that will show you how to draw a shark that looks cool as it swims.

For this drawing, all you need is a pencil and a pen if you want to ink your drawing otherwise we’re good to go.


Below is a picture of the shark that we will draw. It will be as close as it can get to the reference but you can always use the steps that you will learn today to draw other sharks.

Shark Drawing Reference

To give you a quick idea of how we will go about drawing this shark, we’ll start at the front and then move onto the fins and the tail.

Let’s begin.

Steps For Drawing A Shark

Step 1

To draw a shark, start by drawing a weird shape like this. You can do this by drawing a curved line for the mouth and the extending that line upwards for the head.

Then half way at the mouth, draw another curved line down for the bottom half of the shark’s body.

Step 2

Head back to the top of the shark and include another curved line. You can use the front of the head as a starting point to where this line should begin. It will look like a sideways V in a way.

Step 3

At the top of the shark, it’s time to draw the main fin. Simply draw a rounded V shape at the top and also extend the other line you had just drawn in the previous step.

Step 4

Now it’s time to add a bit more detail. Next to the fin, draw a horizontal line.

Then in the middle of the shark draw another wavy line going across the body. Include the side fin of the shark as well.

Step 5

How to draw a shark step 5

Remember the line you drew next to the fin? Now continue drawing that line as well as the line below that however make these two lines narrow as they come together.

Don’t forget to block out a few pointed shapes on the bottom line.

Step 6

How to draw a shark step 6

To draw the tail, all you need to do is to draw two lines, the top line facing upwards while the bottom line facing the other direction.

Step 7

How to draw a shark step 7

Join these two lines together by drawing a curved line and the tail should be complete.

Step 8

How to draw a shark step 8

Let’s head back to the front of the sharp to add the nose. Simply draw a small half circle and then another curved line around that shape.

Step 9

How to draw a shark step 9

And the last thing you need to do to complete your drawing of a shark is to include the eye. You can place the eye just above where the mouth is.


So, what did you think of learning how to draw a shark? Was it simple enough to follow along? Also, did you have a great time doing so?

Do let us know what your thoughts and suggestions are in the comments and if you have specific requests to learn to draw certain subjects, I’ll be more than happy to create a fun and easy tutorial for you.

In fact, this shark drawing was so much fun for me and I definitely have a new interest indrawing sea creatures.

If you’d also like to add a few more sea creature drawings to your list, here are a few step by step drawing guides you can try:

How To Draw A Fish That Looks Real In A Few Steps

How To Draw A Turtle

How To Draw A Seahorse

How To Draw A Starfish

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