How to Draw a Picasso Triggerfish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Picasso Triggerfish in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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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 Picasso Triggerfish.

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How to Draw a Picasso Triggerfish - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The first step in drawing the Picasso triggerfish is to draw its head with a space for its mouth.

Step 2: Next, draw the face of the fish with a round eye and lines over its eye and around the mouth.

Step 3: The next step is to draw the body and the body patterning. It has a dark gray body with white lines.

Step 4: Then draw the lower fin, which is under the body.

Step 5: Next, draw the upper fin, which is the same shape as the lower fin.

Step 6: The last step is to draw the tail. The Picasso triggerfish has a rounded tail that is either gray or purple in color.

Interesting Facts about the Picasso Triggerfish

Hawaii’s state fish the Picasso Triggerfish is a common sight in saltwater aquariums with a wide range of colors from neon blue to mustard yellow to white. They are naturally found in reefs around the Indo-Pacific region they’ve been the focus of a wide range of research topics including locomotion and color vision. They constantly and aggressively protect their territory from intruders including humans.

Did you know?

  • Picasso Triggerfish are known to maintain the same territory for eight years or longer.
  • Female and Male Picasso Triggerfish maintain their own territories.
  • Research shows that Picasso Triggerfish eyes may have trichromatic vision like humans.
  • In Hawaii Picasso Triggerfish are called Huma huma nuka nuka apua a.
  • Picasso Triggerfish are known to rearrange their habitat when kept in captivity.

Lesson plan note: Picasso Triggerfish are a common sight in saltwater aquariums everywhere but they come in a surprising range of color designs and shapes. Ask students to draw and color all of the different versions of Picasso Triggerfish they’ve seen. Afterwards ask students why they think there is such a big difference between them and how that compares to difference in humans.