In this lesson – drawing a cartoon jack fish, let’s keep things nice and simple… sketching the animal over top of two simple fish-like shapes – an oval for the body, and a triangle for a tail.
Really, there are all sorts of fish you can create from this simple structure. Look at some pictures of other kinds, and see if you can carry this lesson over to creating another species, like a tuna or a mackerel.
OK, let’s begin!
How to Draw a Cartoon Jack
Love drawing fish. They’re so easy to draw – the shape is fairly consistent between the many different types. What’s fun though – is being able to distinguish between species, by incorporating key features through simple, well-placed lines.
Starting with a framework – here’s the first step…
And now – to give you some insight as to where the eye/gills/fins/etc.! should be placed… here are some additional lines to help…
OK – I’ll fade out the framework so you can focus more so on your drawing. Remember – the framework is just a guideline. Use it if it helps. Either sketch it out lightly in pencil – or visualize it in your mind, before or during the lesson.
A cool-looking eye for your cartoon jack – gives character right off the bat! Be sure to make yours MUCH MUCH MUCH different than mine. :-)…
And using the oval as a guide – begin to bring the body and nose into view.
Just like this…
A cute little mouth. Not to say it has to be THIS way though. How does yours look? Is yours happier? Is it meaner? Have fun with it!
Left to right – sketch in the fins before you draw the rest of its body.
Check out the stylized look for the fins below. No – not quite what they’d actually look like. But keeping true to the shape – you can branch off and come up with a unique look for your cartoon jack.
OK. As a second last step (not including the tons of detail you might want to add after this one!)… complete the body in a similar way to what you see below.
Google ‘jack fish’ and see how the placement of key features here – in this drawing – are similar to the real thing. Again – similar! This is a cartoon after all. 🙂
So yes – I went all out with the uniqueness of this fish. Bet you’ve never seen one like it before! And truly – that’s what it’s all about. I hope your finished product reflects not only a resemblance to the real fish – but in addition – your own unique creative ability!
And there’s your cartoon jack.
See you next time!