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Uploaded: September 21, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: September 22, 2010
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So how about a lesson that features a popular Asian icon? This lesson was drawn completely during one of my LiveStream broadcasts as of September 21st. The colors were inspired from a tattoo I seen on the web which was so interesting. In this helpful lesson, you'll be learning “how to draw a koi”, step by step. These type of fish are almost always featured in tattoo art, or typical traditional Asian artwork. I've gotten a few tutorials for this fish, but none of them are as well detailed as this one. I'd like to show you the gateway to “drawing a koi fish”, through a simple step-by-step format. It takes time and practice to draw these fish in a desirable appearance. Adding sharp waves and curves, lotus flowers, or even other fish will spruce up your drawing of a koi fish. Anyways folks, it's time for me to move on with drawing other lessons. I was really eager to submit this one so enjoy! Thanks so much for viewing.

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How to Draw a Koi

how to draw a koi step 1

STEP 1.

Firstly, start off with the basic guidelines for the koi fish. This is always essential for creating accurate work. Once you've completed the guides, move onto the next step.
 
how to draw a koi step 2

STEP 2.

Next, let's work on the details for the shape of the body. Start with the head first before you move onto other details.
 
how to draw a koi step 3

STEP 3.

Then, we must start shaping up the inner details of the face! Start with the eye first and then the fins. Once you've done that, finish off with the back fin and the tail fin.
 
how to draw a koi step 4

STEP 4.

Next, detail the fins with swift curved lines. Separate only the areas that are curved outwards as edges.
 
how to draw a koi step 5

STEP 5.

Then, simply take your time and sketch in the waves. You can possibly style your own type of waves if desired. I would recommend having the waves curl outwards a few inches from the parent wave.
 
how to draw a koi step 6

STEP 6.

Take your time and sketch in scales. Don't rush when drawing the scales since it can get difficult and sloppy.
 
how to draw a koi step 7

STEP 7.

Here is the basic line art of what you should end up with. If you're not satisfied with what you've drawn, keep practicing until you get it right! Thanks for viewing this tutorial folks!