How to Draw a Sunfish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Sunfish in 6 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 Sunfish.

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

Step 1: To begin drawing the sunfish, you will first need to create the body. To do this you will need to draw an oval. Be sure to leave a space open for the mouth and create a few bumps on the side to give definition to the face.

Step 2: For the next step, you will need to draw the face for the sunfish. First create the eyes by drawing a circle with a smaller circle inside of it. Next to create the mouth you will need to draw a large arch with a small arch inside of it and connect them together in the area you left open before. Then for its spot draw a bean shape to the side of the eye.

Step 3: For the next step you will need to add the upper fin. To do this draw the shape of a right triangle off of the back. Make the side a little bumpy and stop the line before it connects to the rest of the body.

Step 4: To draw the lower fin, you will draw the same shape as the upper fin coming out of the bottom of the sunfish.

Step 5: For the next step you will need to draw the tail and the flipper. To draw the tail, draw a bumpy arc that connects the upper and lower fin together. Draw the flipper next to the spot on the face by creating a loop.

Interesting Facts about the SUNFISH

The Sunfish is a member of the fish family and the scientific term for them is Mola mola. This species gets its name because it’s usually seen bathing in the sun as it skims jellyfish on the surface of water. The name Mola is Latin for the word “millstone” which describes the rough, grey, and circular appearance of the animal.

Did you know?

  • The animal was first documented in 1758.
  • This species reaches over 5,000 pounds in weight.
  • They can make up to 300 million eggs.
  • The ideal water temperature for this fish is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • They can swim up to 2,000 feet deep.
  • The fish can grow up to almost 11 feet in length.
  • They can grow up to 14 feet tall.

Other popular names for this species are Moon Fish, Swimming Head, Head Alone, and Toppled Car Fish. It’s the heaviest bony fish in the world. They also have more babies than any other vertebrate. This animal is eaten by humans, killer whales, and sharks. Sea lions don’t eat them, but kill this fish for sport. This species can endanger humans when the leap onto a boat, or collide with it.

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