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How to Draw a Shark: Step-by-Step

From starfish to clownfish, dolphins to octopus – our underwater world is brimming with creatures that are a joy to draw. And because marine life comes in an endless assortment of shapes, patterns and colours, even the most prolific young artists will never tire of putting pen to paper to recreate their favourite creatures from beneath the sea.

But of all the marine animals that kids like to draw, few make it to paper as often as the shark. With their sharp teeth and trademark dorsal fin, sharks make the ideal focal point for many a doodle – but they are harder to get right than you might think.

If your youngster enjoys drawing fish and animals, our guide on how to draw a shark can help them perfect their interpretation of this apex predator. Below, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to drawing sharks, perfect for rainy days with your little artist.

Learn to Draw a Shark in 8 Steps

Drawing a shark isn’t hard, but getting the proportions right is key. Here, our step-by-step guide, accompanied by a short video, can help you nail that classic shark shape each and every time.

Drawing a Shark: 3 Creative Designs to Try

Now you know how to draw the profile of a shark, why not get creative and take things to another level? There are lots of different ways to draw these amazing animals, and once you get used to their proportions and features, you can draw them from different angles in different poses.

Here, we take a look at three creative shark drawing tutorials you can watch for inspiration on how to recreate this amazing fish.

Draw a Shark Coming Out of the Water


This drawing tutorial from Art for Kids Hub can help you draw everyone’s favourite part about sharks: their teeth! Perfect for doodling, use your imagination to design a realistic background for your breaching shark.

Draw a Cartoon Shark

If you’re into drawing cartoons, check out this guide which shows you how to draw a fearsome looking shark with cartoonish features. We love the huge mouth and massive teeth, but we’re not sure if this shark would be any good at swimming…

Draw a Shark from a New Angle

Looking to take your shark portraits to the next level? Take a look at this tutorial from Cartoon Hub. Though it may look tricky, it’s not much harder than our original design, and gives you a shark that looks much more 3D. Give it a go and don’t forget to add those all-important finishing details.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on how to draw sharks, and that it inspires you to get creative and celebrate these magnificent creatures. Need a little inspiration? At Deep Sea World, our sharks will be happy to pose for a portrait, so why not pay us a visit? For information and tickets, head to the Deep Sea World homepage.

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