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8 Easy Marine Life Drawing Tips 

8 Easy Marine Life Drawing Tips 

Drawing isn’t a skill that only a few people can do; any one of us can draw anything, including marine life drawing.

Drawing is undoubtedly a wonderful skill. It is a simple process of making pictures or images by using any kind pencil, pen, or coloring brushes.

If a person can write a name, it means he or she can also draw. We usually see that some people can easily draw very well compared to others.

Even marine life drawing seems very easy for them. This doesn’t mean that they are some supernatural creatures or have some magic. No, nothing like that.

The most significant thing in the case of drawing is your interest in it and how well you practice again and again without getting fed up and lose hope of drawing good. If you want to draw as fine as possible, the first important thing which you should learn is that no one is born drawing magic.

It is a skill that can be learned. You can draw as much professional as you want. So, never say anytime that you can’t draw. Even if you can’t draw the most complicated marine life easily; you’ll only need a little focus and practice.

Here we bring a list of eight easy tips for drawing Marine life more comfortably and much more conveniently. These are the tips that not only help you in your marine life drawing but also in drawing with other things, especially life drawing, animal drawing, and also still drawing.

The list of these amazing, but easy and convenient tips are given below.

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Deep Observation like Deep Ocean

The word observation is very common for us. As a tip for drawing when you see this word, you will probably say, this is not a tip. We do see fishes and other marine plants and animals, especially octopus, many times why we can’t draw them easily? So, the answer to your mind question is just seeing is not enough to draw properly and with full soul.

You must have to bring a realistic impression and to give a full feeling through a drawing that when the people see your drawing, they will feel that they are looking at something alive. They must say this drawing is quite realistic, and we feel they are moving.

To bring this actual feeling to your drawing, you must have to observe things in some other manner from just seeing them. You need as much deep observation as the depth of the Ocean. You have to study everything through your eyes. Focus on every detail, their fins, the lines on the body, color pattern.

Especially focus on mouth details because sometimes the only difference comes from the direction and shape of the mouth of a living creature. Then the nose of fishes, for example, some have an elongated nose, some have a hammer-like, etc.

You have to observe and study even minor and micro-detail. As much time as you spend in observation as much benefit you will gain when you start drawing because every detail is imprinted on your mind, you just have to convert them on paper. That’s why observation shares a position of 50% in the drawing.

Be Conscious of a Range of Value

The value is the range of darkness and lightness. It comes under seven essential elements of art. It is all about light and its value. In general, everything depends on light. Color is also important, but the value scale for light is more important, try to make your value scale of light. We see and understand objects because of the value of light. Again, here we remind you that drawing and painting are all about seeing.

When you successfully observe and then even draw the sea animal with its whole beauty, but not adjusting the value of your light-scale, your drawing will not come up bright because colors also depend on light. Try to use a nearly full scale to bring brighter images. So, light up your deep ocean marine life with a perfect light scale.

Focus on Line quality and Specific Shape

The other piece of advice for your marine life drawing is related to the basic shapes and line quality of the animals and plants you are trying to draw from the Ocean. In the world, everything has some specific shape. At first, quickly, at a glance, figure out that basic shapes after getting merged are making the overall shape of an animal or a fish.

Then you have to draw the specific shapes and after that the curve or outlines through them. This method will increase the speed of your drawing.

This is an old way, followed by many artists, but it is still very effective in speeding up the drawing time. This tip comes under the secrets of art, which helps to bring improvement in your drawing with accuracy, but it needs practice to bring accuracy. When we see people drawing quickly, we just think it’s a talent. It is a highly developed skill, which anyone can develop with hard work.

Similarly, line quality is playing an essential role while drawing any shape of a fish quickly. Quality of line involves the thinness and thickness of the lines you are using for drawing your desired shape of any fish or any plant from the Ocean. Marine life is somehow technical in the case of shapes and details related to every animal and plant.

Always focus on using a mixture of thicker and thinner lines within your drawing. Thicker lines always use in these places where the animal is thicker itself. Line quality is another word used for adding weight to the drawing.

If you become successful in using a good combination of thinner and thicker lines, then your drawing surely becomes attractive, more engaging for the audience.

Loosen up

Don’t try to make your drawing stiff. It shouldn’t be stiff, indeed. As an example of an explanation. Consider drawing numerous light lines, during a process of defining the curves and outlines of an object. It will give you a good possibility to select a perfect line for your drawing.

Similarly, if you purchase many lottery tickets, you will have more chances to win a lottery. Don’t hold a pencil in the same way you hold while writing. Try to draw with the shoulder, not with the wrist. Another important point of focus is when drawing a mark, use your whole arm. Always loosen up the things to bring up a perfect eye-catching drawing.

Maintain Style Consistency

Another important point on which you have to pay attention during marine life drawing you must follow the identical style both at starting and finishing the drawing. If the style you are following is wobbly and loose, keep it like this. But, if you start with a precise and tight drawing, go with it till the end.

Keep it in mind that your drawing must not give a look that many artists mutually draw this. Keep your one style in one drawing; then, it seems that one artist draws all things on the paper. It is essential for the harmony of your drawing. So, it becomes unified. Keeping your style is very important in the world of art.

With style, also keep the focus on the medium you are using to make your drawing of marine life. All mediums are not suitable for all types of drawings. So, you must be very conscious of the understanding of the material you are using for your drawing of sea life. If you like doing experiments with different mediums, it’s good.

But you have to understand all the limitations you have with your medium, and you must know it very well to make a good, well engaging and realistic drawing of life under the deep blue Ocean.

Don’t think there is no way: The use of Resources

It is sometimes not possible to study our desired objects which we want to draw live. For example, if you want to draw the fish, which belong from that species which become extinct now, or any marine plants or some animals which are not commonly available for study, in this case, you can take help from the picture resources for them.

Don’t ever think that there is no way to draw your desired thing. There is always an opportunity in every problem; you just have to find a way to come out from it. When nothing alive is available, find out other resources, pictures, recorded videos from sea drivers, etc.

Quality of paper

When you are paying attention to all the things in your drawing and even focusing on minor details of the animal and plant you choose for your next drawing, how in this situation we forget the quality of paper used for your precious and beautiful drawings.

Don’t think that paper is an ordinary thing; its quality determines how good your drawing comes out of the final stage. Print papers are not suitable for sea life drawings because they are usually very rough. They are very poor in giving you a good blend of graphite when you are shading your object in the drawing.

Only use print papers for random practices, but for actual drawing, try to use high-quality paper made specifically for drawing purpose for better results and to bring more perfection and professionalism in your drawing pictures. You can easily choose your preferred paper from numerous species of papers available in drawing stores.

When we are focusing on the quality of the paper and taking it under consideration, one more thing you should focus related to the paper, which is avoidance from smudges of charcoal and graphite on all over the paper. Charcoal and Graphite both are soft, and that’s why they are easily transferred to hands and paper. It’s very easy to avoid these smudges by placing a paper under the hand during drawing. Use regular trace paper for this purpose.


Practice makes a man perfect is an old and very common sentence among all of us. We are usually using it in our daily life related to a different field. Similarly, it is very important in the field of art and drawing. You have to practice drawing even one line again and again to get perfection and to understand a good combination of lines in diverse drawings of unless objects.

The field of art and drawing is only based on one thing, that is how well you are perfect in the game of lines and shapes. Always keep a sketchbook with you. Draw every angle and every shape. Try to draw everything that comes in front of your eye. Visit the nearest river or canal or any fish farm if you don’t have an opportunity to view the Ocean and try to draw moving fishes.

Think which medium, which value of light suitable to draw in this situation. In short, draw every day with everything and do experiments to create new unique ideas within art. Do whatever you want, but practice it to improve your drawing and bring as much accuracy in your drawings as much you can. There is a great artist within you; just need to explore him with the practice.

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These are some tips and pieces of advice in which we tried to highlight the important things and points which you need to focus on or keep in mind during marine life drawing. If you try to draw with these easy tips, we are sure your drawing will become more perfect and realistic.

Drawing is not a talent or a god gift. It is just a skill that can be polished, and you can develop your ability to draw with practice for more accuracy and professionalism. Just keep in mind that anyone can draw anything just need motivation and firm determination.

What marine life do you like to draw? Do you have a favorite sea creature you draw the most?