Rainbow trout are beautiful, elegant fish native to North American rivers and lakes west of the Rocky Mountains. Its fine flavour and thrill to catch have made it a popular fish around the world. Rainbow trout are characterised by various colourings that range from blue-green or yellow-green bodies with pink streaks along their sides, white underbellies and black spots on their back and fins. These fish are not only enjoyable to catch and eat but also to draw.
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Things you need
- Photo of a trout
- Graph paper
- Pencil with eraser
- Coloured pencils
Master the art of drawing a rainbow trout by starting with a simple, pencil cartoon sketch on graph paper. Later, move on to more realistic drawings on watercolour paper or canvas by using photos of rainbow trout facing right as a guide.
Set a piece of graph paper on a flat surface and draw a cross down the vertical and horizontal centres of the paper so that the sheet is divided into four equal quadrants. Draw a triangle facing right on either end of the horizontal line so that the line segments each triangle in half (Ref. 2).
Draw a circle with a dot in the centre for an eye inside the top portion of the right triangle. Draw a fish head with open mouth around the right triangle that resembles a circle with a pointed top with a wedge cut out from it to give the appearance of a smiling mouth.
Draw a half-circle at the top of the vertical line, near the top of the page, and two small fins pointing downward; place one, slightly smaller fin halfway down the bottom portion of the vertical line. Draw the other fin just to the left of the inside edge of the fish head.
Make a single, sloping curve starting at the point of the fish's head extending to the tip of the left triangle. Draw a second curving line from the bottom of the fish's mouth, through the fins which curves up slightly and in as it too approaches the bottom tip of the left triangle.
Draw the fish's tail by lightly sketching a heart shape around the edges of the left triangle. Draw curves following the lines of the heart such that the tail is skinny on the outside edges and thicker in the centre. Erase the trace lines from the heart and the triangle.
Draw a small triangle with the point facing down along the bottom left side of the fish approximately two inches from the inside of the tail. Round the edges so that it resembles a fin. Draw two triangles pointed downward beneath the fish's mouth, rounding the edges as before to resemble fins. Draw a tiny curled shape resembling a truncated finger just above the leftmost bottom fin, but on the top curve of the fish's back.
Add teeth and a tongue to the fish, if desired. Add lines to all fins and the tail. Colour the top third of the fish and its tail green. Use a photo of a rainbow trout as a reference for colouring in your fish drawing. Colour a thin band along the middle of the fish's body pink and colour the bottom half of the remaining fish grey. Add orange to the bottom fins, pink to the tongue and blue around the black dot in the fish's eye. Add black dots of various sizes along the top half of the fish's head and body and to the entire tail.
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