How to draw fish I (video workshop)

Learn how to draw fish including critical morphology for the artist, arranging scales, important proportions or measurements,  and capturing the iridescent shimmer of light. In this workshop we will focus on the lateral (side) view to create a classic scientific illustration.

Understanding anatomy will dramatically improve your fish illustrations. In this workshop I distill the essential anatomy of fish highlighting variations you will see between species. I also demonstrate two step-by-step illustrations to show how I block in the proportions and apply watercolor.


In the video I say that ventral fin is another name for the anal fin. This is in error. Ventral fin is another name for the pelvic fins.

Sketchnote by Mark Simmons
Sketchnote by Mark Simmons