how to draw a japanese koi fish
Drawing  a koi fish, Added by Dawn, June 22, 2008, 6:22:30 am
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Uploaded: June 22, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
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Updated: January 30, 2010
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Today at we will learn "how to draw a Koi, step by step". This type of Koi is called the Kohaku specie. It is skinned white and has red patterns scattered intricately over their body. Koi fishes were normally called carp that live in the lakes and ponds of Japan. The Koi breed began in the 18th century in Japan. Farmers seen that some of the ordinary carp were brightly colored then usual while they were harvesting rice fields. They took the brightly colored carps and captured them and raised them. Soon they started coming out in different arrangements in the 20th century. Koi fishes live in cold water ponds. Some people take these fish and put them in intimidated lakes and ponds that specially made for these types of fish. To keep these fish alive they must be feed numerous proteins and other nutrients. If Koi fishes are taken care of properly they could live up to thirty to forty years. Some of these fish were reported to live as longs as two hundred years! That surprises me because it reminds me of a turtle. I can’t get over the fact that giant tortoises could live up to two hundred years. Over the years the Koi have been imported to other countries. They live in almost every continent except for Antarctica. This continent is way too cold for them to live in. I remember when I seen my first Koi at the pet store. It was so pretty and colorful. You can purchase a high quality and healthy Koi at specialty pet shops. I have seen my cousins and uncles that have small imitated ponds with the most beautiful Koi fishes you have ever seen. My favorite fish of these species is the Kohaku one, the bright red and white kind. This is my favorite because white and red are the perfect and pretty color combination. Also red, orange and white are a good combination too! Anyway, I drew this fish out of inspiration of my cousin’s Koi Charley. Every time she feeds it, it swims to her hand and literally eats from it, that and the fact that it was a requested tutorial as well. This image took me about an hour to draw freehandedly and another thirty minutes to color it. I hope you learn a lot from this awesome tutorial on "how to draw a Koi fish step by step". You can also try How to draw fish