How to Draw a Lionfish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Lionfish in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Lionfish.

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How to Draw a Lionfish - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by drawing a pointed head, including the eye and mouth.

Step 2: Add a fin to the side that consists of many points.

Step 3: Now add a long arc for the top of the body, and draw more fins on top of it.

Step 4: Draw a fin with many lines on the back of the lionfish.

Step 6: Draw a fin below the body.

Step 7: Draw another small fin near the tail fin.

Step 8: Finally, finish your drawing by adding many tiger-like stripes to the body of the lionfish.

Interesting Facts about the Lionfish

Lionfish have very distinct red and white bands that are elongated fan type fins. The colors are intermingled with white spots usually appearing toward the top. Dorsal and pectoral fins are transparent and covered in dark spots while the pelvic fins are black with white spots. Their young appear practically translucent except for very slight colorings of red and white.

Did you know?

  • They eat small shrimps, fish, and crabs
  • Breeding usually happens between one male and several females
  • Females lay two clusters of eggs – each may have up to fifteen thousand eggs in it
  • They have glands at the back of their spines that are poisonous

Lesson Plan Idea – Why was this fish dubbed a “Lionfish”? It does not look like a lion? Who discovered the species? Discuss.

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