How to Draw a Shrimp

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Shrimp in 7 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 Shrimp.

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

Step 1: Let's start by drawing the shrimp's long body. Make a small indentation on the right side for the tail.

Step 2: Next, draw the head to the left of the body. It is a little bit shorter than the body and is narrowest near the face.

Step 3: Draw the tail on the other end of the body. Shrimp have forked tails that propel them quickly through the water.

Step 4: Now let's make your shrimp look more realistic by drawing the eye and the mustaches. The mustaches look like the whiskers on a cat.

Step 5: Next, draw the antennae. These are almost as long as the body and are used for feeling and sensing things.

Step 6: Now draw the long legs. These legs are in the front of the shrimp's abdomen and are curved and very skinny. They have joints that make the leg bend, just like you have knees and ankles. Shrimp legs are weak and are not good for walking.

Step 7: Draw the straighter short legs next. These are sometimes called swimmerets or pleopods, and the shrimp uses them to swim. You're all done! Now you can color your shrimp. There are over 300 different species of shrimp--some are pink, some are brown, and others look tan.

Interesting Facts about Shrimp

Shrimp are crustaceans (shellfish) that live freshwater and seawater habitats around the world. They are invertebrates, and that means they do not have a backbone. There are more than 300 species of shrimp.

Did you know?

  • It is hard for other animals to see shrimp. Their bodies are transparent and colorless, making them nearly invisible under water. Also, some species of shrimp are so tiny that animals cannot see them.
  • Shrimp usually eat plankton, algae, and tiny fish.
  • The lifespan of a shrimp is about one to five years.
  • Shrimp can grow to be up to 9 inches long, but they tend to be smaller than that.
  • Shrimp have swimmerets that help them swim. They have weak legs, and so they are not great walkers.
  • Female shrimp can lay up to a million eggs, and they hatch after a few weeks.
  • Shrimp are closely related to prawns, another type of shellfish. Some people think that shrimp and prawns are the same.

Shrimp is one of the most favorite types of seafood that people eat. They are a great source of nutrients and vitamins. Shrimp are farmed in over 50 countries around the world. The leading exporters of shrimp are Denmark, Thailand, India, China, and Vietnam.