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How To Draw A Starfish (Best Drawing Tutorial)

I can’t believe that I’m about to say this but I’m genuinely excited to share my step-by-step guide on how to draw a starfish. I know, it seems simple enough. You would think that you just need to draw a star made from a mixture of sharp angles or mini triangles.

But, that’s not actually the case. If you inspect a starfish, you’ll find that they actually consist of many short but gentle curves rather than sharp edges.

The average starfish has 5 arms with a large central area. And in today’s article, I’ll be showing you exactly how to draw a starfish in just a few simple steps.


For this tutorial, we will be using this starfish as a reference. As you can tell, just like discussed above, it has five arms of equal length and thickness.

Starfish Drawing Reference

The curve that leads into each arm is incredibly smooth on all sides except for the bottom.

If you look closely, it appears to be the only one that is connected directly to each other. Keep that in mind when you follow the steps below.

Steps For Drawing A Starfish

Step 1

Step 1

Let’s begin this starfish drawing with the first arm. As you can tell, there’s a distance of approximately 2-3 cms between each line that is connected to each other by a sharp curve that’s about 1 cm in length.

The reason for mentioning this is because all of the arms will be of a similar shape and size.

Step 2

Step 2

When drawing the second arm, you want to make sure that the curve that leads into it is very gradual. It should resemble a gentle 90-degree curve.

Step 3

Step 3

Now let’s day the left side arm following the exact same procedure as mentioned above. By now, your starfish drawing is starting to come along beautifully.

The goal of these first 3 steps is to create what looks like a stick figure with arms wide open.

Step 4

How to draw a starfish step 4

Since we only have two arms left and the above arms cover a 180-degree surface, we want to draw our remaining two arms in a slanted direction. In other words, they must face the direction in which they are connected.

Your line that ends this arm should stop in line with center point of your starfish.

Step 5

How to draw a starfish step 5

Immediately from where your line stops, draw a rounded line that curves to the right of an equal length to the other arms.

Step 6

How to draw a starfish step 6

Simply complete your drawing by continuing the curved/rounded line where you stopped and until it meets with the other arm.

At this point, your starfish drawing will finally be completed and ready for coloring.

Final Drawing

How to draw a starfish

I decided to take this drawing a step further by coloring it in and adding details that match our reference image. To do this, I followed the shape of the starfish and basically recreated the same shape within it.

These look like smaller arms and so I made sure my lines were thin.

Then, I drew random sized circles and dispersed them throughout.

Thereafter, all I had to do was color in my starfish and this is the finish product.


Looking at the first step compared to the final drawing, it’s really impressive what we can accomplish in just a few minutes. This is why I love drawing so much.

You can create some beautiful and cute drawings without much effort, as long as you are willing to follow some instructions whilst letting your creative juices flow.

With that being said, I hope you enjoyed this article on how to draw a starfish.

Feel free to share this starfish drawing with others who are interesting in learning how to draw or paint. And if you have any requests, head over to the comment section below and let me know.

If you’re interested, check out some of my other drawings. They’re just as cute and easy to draw.

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