How to Draw a Trout: step-by-step

Trout are beautiful and hearty fish. I grew up sharing Sierra lakes with these amazing creatures. In this step-by-step demonstration, we walk through the process of illustrating one of these fish. With watercolor, it works best to start with the lightest values and build up into the darkest layer by layer. Here I use the glazing technique in which subsequent layers of paint are applied on top of existing layers once the paper is dry. In the course of this demonstration I make a few mistakes. Watch how I correct them as the painting develops.

Click on the first image to start a step-by-step annotated slide-show of how to draw a trout.


5 thoughts on “How to Draw a Trout: step-by-step

  1. Ethan Nelson says:

    Really appreciate the time and effort you put into breaking this down step by step. As an absolute beginner, I’ve had a surprisingly hard time finding good material like this. It’s also great that you show your mistakes and how to correct them. Already have your drawing/journaling book and looking forward to mining your site for even more great info. Keep up the valuable work and thanks.

    • Thank you Edward, If you click on the first image, it starts a step by step slideshow with comments and written details. The highlighted fish are full size in the slideshow.

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