How to Draw a Clownfish Kids Watercolor Tutorial

How to Draw a Clownfish Kids Watercolor Tutorial


Hi guys, welcome to my channel! I’m Ansley! Today we’re painting a clownfish! We’re
gonna start by drawing our fish on with pencil. I’ve got my reference photo on my
iPhone over here so we can see it but it’s always important to look at the
photo first to study your picture and just just see what features we’re
looking at. So you can see we’re painting this cute little clownfish, and how many
fins do you see on the fish? So there’s two on the top and then one on the
bottom that kind of matches the top two fins and then there’s these three little
fins that are kind of around the front bottom of the fish, and there are
also – What else do you notice about the fish that’s so striking? The stripes! Yeah it has three white stripes one around the head one around the tail and then one big
stripe right down the center. And what would you say is the shape of the fish
overall? A oval. An oval? Yeah, I think it looks like an oval too!
So let’s go ahead and start by making the basic oval shape of our fish. I want
to start with the nose here. I’m just making a round shape and I’m gonna make
the belly this kind of half circle and then I’m not gonna completely finish the
oval. I’m gonna bring it around so it almost completes but not quite. It kind of
looks like an eye, but we’re gonna leave this spot here for the tail. Alright you
go ahead and draw yours. Nice! Alright we have enough space to add
the tail on. The tail almost looks like – what shape would you say that is? It’s
kind of a circle shape. And kind of a broccoli shape. Broccoli shape! Good observation!
Yeah kind of comes out almost like a mushroom or a broccoli head like that.
Okay add your tail on and notice that the tail is not bigger than the body –
it’s smaller than the body. Very good. All right let’s add some fins. We’re gonna do
the two top fins. There’s quite a bit of space here along the top of the head as
you can see in the photo before we reach the first fin. I would say that this top
fin is kind of in the middle of the body. You want to draw your fin on? Okay so
we’ll do one fin on the top and then there’s a little bit of space in between
and then the second fin is a half circle that comes over and touches the back
tail. Okay, you can erase it if you want it to be bigger, that’s fine. Okay, that’s why we do
this in pencil first. Oh that eraser is not good. If you make
a mistake you can always erase it if it’s in pencil. Nice! And you added the
little lines inside of that fin to make it more realistic. Very good!
Good looking! Let’s do the bottom fins next. The first one is here at the front
and again it’s kind of in the middle of the body and this one angles down almost
like a round, almost an oval shape. And there’s a black part here that we’re
going to color in and then there’s another little tiny fin right next to it. Alright let’s add the second fin on the
bottom, another half circle. Imagine a straight line between this top
fin and the bottom fin and this one will touch that, so if I’m looking at mine,
that fin will come about right here, about halfway in the middle of the fish.
And it’s also that mushroom slash broccoli shape isn’t it? Little flipper.
Little fin. So next let’s do the white stripe around
the fish’s head. The shape that we see that’s orange right here is almost a
diamond shape isn’t it? So if we just do a little half circle right there then it
makes that same shape as we see in the picture, and that’s a fish’s head. And
then we widen that stripe. We add another line that matches the shape of the first
one. Now the middle stripe is a little different. It’s wider – it comes right
between the two top fins and the bottom fins and because it’s so big it comes
behind this fin here and it almost makes a point in the middle doesn’t it? So
we’ll start that white shape at the top of our fin here, come down to a point and
then it’s hidden behind this fin and then the other side of it actually
connects to our bottom and top fins. All right let’s do the tail stripe next.
So the tail stripe it almost looks like a bandage wrapped around the tail. And this clownfish, he has a black mark that makes almost an oval shape all the way
around the inside of his tail. Good, let’s add the eye. The eye is on the top of the
head and it’s inside this little orange space in our fish and it’s just a
little black oval. And our fish has a little mouth, you can
make him smiling. Beautiful, he looks so happy!
Nice work! Now on our clownfish there are some distinctive black markings so we’re
gonna take our sharpies and we’re gonna put those black markings in. You can see
that the white stripes are all outlined in black and each of the fins and the
tail fin has a black marking. So we’re not going to outline the entire fish in
black, just the areas that have those black markings, okay?
So let’s go ahead and do the sharpie. The nice thing about Sharpie is that when
you paint with watercolor over the top it will not budge. It won’t water down
with the water; it just stays put. We are drawing and painting on the watercolor
paper today. It’s cotton watercolor paper and it will be wonderful for absorbing
our watercolor and helping it look like our fish is swimming in water. So that’ll be fun. After we paint our
fish we can add blue water behind our fish. I’m just gonna outline the belly because
that part of our fish is gonna be in shadow, it’s just gonna be a little
darker, so I’d like to be able to see that really well. Our watercolors today are going to be
liquid water colors. These are Dr. pH Martin’s Hydrus fine art watercolors
and they’re so strongly pigmented. They’re just wonderful as far as how
they flow on the paper – really fun to use. So I have this bright red and yellow
which, when we mix them together, will make the orange for our clownfish, and
then I also have a blue and green that we can use on the water after we painted
our fish. So while Ansley’s finishing up her black
outline I’m going to drop some paint on to our palette. Are we ready to paint? Okay, so let’s
start with the orange parts of our fish. Wet your brush a little bit and then dab
the water extra water out to the side of the cup so it’s not sopping wet.
And then let’s take our orange mixture we just mixed yellow and red together to
make orange and we’re just gonna color in the orange. So just avoid this stripe
this stripe and this stripe because those are going to be white, aren’t they?
Think about always leaving those three white stripes. That looks so cute! That’s the white part. Add some blue shadows on the belly of my fish. Ansley’s been getting confused about which sections are white and which
sections are orange and that’s understandable. It’s a little tricky. You
have to let this dry before you add any blue to the stripes or else it’ll all
blend together, in fact look at mine. Do you see how mine started to blend together a
little, too? Oops! So let the orange dry before you add the shade and this blue
we’re gonna save for the water because it’s gonna be super bright. Okay so let’s
just wait for our little orange sections to dry. Now that the orange on our fish
is dry we can do the water. You excited? Yes. Yeah so just be careful to paint
around the fish and try to leave some white edges where the fin is just like
you see in the picture on the tail fin. But other than that you can take blue
and green and just paint the water however you want. Ready? For my water I’m
actually gonna start by wetting the paper just around the fish with water
first. What’s fun about that is that when you wet the paper first the paint will
just kind of flow all over the wet area. You don’t have to wait for
it to dry in fact, we want it to be wet when you put the blue in. I’m mixing a fun mixture of blue and
green painting really fast with big side-to-side brushstrokes. That’s so
pretty isn’t it? It really is. Looking good! I love your rich blue and
green colors in the water. Another thing that I’m doing is I’m just
taking droplets of clean water and touching them to my wet paint and
they’re gonna – the droplets of water are going to make the paint just kind of
balloon and explode. That looks great! Now you can try that
where you take some clean water and just drop it on your paper.
Watch me do it again. I’m just taking the tip of my brush with wet water, just go boop!
and you can see how it makes the paint just kind of explode. The more water the
bigger the explosion. That looks awesome! I’ll love those explosions of water. Very
cool. Okay here comes the fun part. Our paintings are all dry, they look amazing!
You ready to take the tape off? Yes! Let’s do it! Those look awesome – perfect borders.
I love how the borders look. They almost look like greeting cards.
Awesome job! We hope you enjoyed this video and
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