How To Draw Koi Fish

Hi everyone! A reader requested that I do a tutorial on how to draw koi fish, so what better day than today? Koi are so beautiful and serene, and they happen to be one of my favorite fish. So grab a pencil and let’s learn how to draw koi fish!

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 1

Step 1

To get our koi fish started we will first need to draw a simple curved line. This line will define the basic shape and position of the fish’s body.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 2

Step 2

Next, draw the outline of the koi fish’s body. The body should follow the general direction of the curved line from the last step. Also, make sure that the front of the koi is a little fatter and more rounded than the back.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 3

Step 3

Now that we have the basic shape of the body down, we can erase the curved guideline. Also, draw the koi’s large mouth with a couple tiny whiskers on each side of its head.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 4

Step 4

Next, draw the outline of the koi’s gill. This line should stretch about 1/4 of the length of the fish’s body.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 5

Step 5

Draw the koi fish’s large oval eyes, and also give the koi two small circular nostrils that sit on the top of its head.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 6

Step 6

Koi are famous for their beautiful fins. Draw two large fins starting at the gill slit, extending gently behind the fish.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 7

Step 7

Next, draw two more sets of fins closer to the rear of the koi. Draw these fins a little bit smaller than the koi’s front fins.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 8

Step 8

Now that the majority of the koi’s fins are done, we will need to draw one long fin that sits at the top of the fish’s body. Also, draw the Koi’s large tail that is divided into two sections as shown in the image.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 9

Step 9

Koi fish have some very beautiful patterns and colors. Draw the outline of your koi’s color pattern using a jagged line running across the body. Be sure to keep this line uneven and blotchy to make the koi’s pattern look natural.

How To Draw Koi Fish Step 10

Step 10

Finally, give your koi fish a little color. Koi come in tons of color variations, but the most popular is a white base with gold or red splotches. But you can get creative here and do whatever coloring you would like. Why not have a neon blue koi? Anything is possible!

I hope you had fun learning how to draw koi fish with me. If you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to share it on social media and stop back for more. Happy drawing!