How to Draw a Shark (Easy Printable Tutorial)

Let’s make a shark drawing! We will show you the easy way to learn how to draw a shark step by step with this drawing lesson for kids of all ages. Follow the easy steps to make your own shark drawing and print out the instructions to use over and over again for practice!

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Let’s learn how to draw a shark!

Especially since Baby Shark came into our lives, and with Shark Week being just around the corner, we just needed to make a new drawing tutorial with an easy printable to help kids learn how to draw a shark.

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How to Make an Easy Shark Drawing

Learning how to draw sharks is a fun, creative, and colorful art experience for kids of all ages. And whether you’re looking for a great white shark drawing with older kids or just want to learn how to draw a cute shark, you’re in the right place!

Just download the step by step instructions pdf, print it and get your pencil and eraser.

You can draw your own cartoon shark making it a friendly character with a shark smile or make it a little cartoonish by adding more and more details to your finished drawing. Add even more details with less bubble shapes for a realistic shark with sharp teeth.

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Let’s follow the steps to make our own shark drawing!

Here Are 8 Easy Steps to Draw a Shark

Our three pages of shark drawing steps are super easy to follow in this printable shark drawing guide…and so much fun too!  You can review the step by step instructions here and then download and print the shark drawing tutorial below.

Grab your pencil and let’s get started with some simple shapes:

Step 1 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog - in this first step kids will start with 2 oval shapes that are the shark body
The first step is starting with the basic shapes of 2 ovals.

Step 1

Let’s start with the shark’s body: 

Draw two oval shapes, notice that the larger oval shape is a little tilted. The second basic shape is layered on the first.

Step 2 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog - in this first step kids will start with 2 oval shapes that are the shark body and then erase the lines
In this second step, you will erase the extra lines.

Step 2

Erase the inside lines from the previous step around the oval shape.

Step 3 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog - draw a circle shape and another oval next to the shark body
The third step starts the caudal fin…

Step 3

Draw two more ovals, one is kinda small circle shaped, right next to the body to make a shark tail or caudal fin.

Step 4 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog - erase the caudal fin extra lines to reveal a moon shape
In the fourth step we are erasing lines to reveal a basic moon shape.

Step 4

Erase all the lines of the shark tail except the little curved line moon shape at the top.

Step 5 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog - in this first step kids will start with 2 oval shapes that are the shark body
In this next step, we are connecting the shark body to the caudal fin.

Step 5

Connect the shark’s head and body and the shark tail with two lines. The top is a nearly horizontal line and the lower line is at a slanted angle and a short line.

Step 6 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog - add a wavy line in the middle of the shark body and draw two
Let’s draw a wavy lateral line separating top of the shark from the bottom.

Step 6

Add a wavy line through the body and then add two dorsal fins on the top. One top fin will be larger than the other to represent the first dorsal fin and the second dorsal fin.

Step 7 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog - add the pectoral fins under the shark body
Let’s add the shark’s pectoral fin! Or two!

Step 7

Now that you have two top fins, we will draw the two bottom fins called pectoral fins. They are on either side of the shark body so the closest fin will be larger and seen in its entirety. The second pectoral fin is further away and not fully seen.

Step 8 - How to draw a shark - Kids Activities Blog -add shark details to your own shark drawing

Step 8

Add shark details like shark’s eye, shark’s mouth, gills with gill slits, smile, shark’s nose, pelvic fin…and of course, shark teeth!

The easy way is to follow with the printable instructions because you can go step by step following each example and then repeat for practice which is a great way to improve your drawing skills.

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Simple shark drawing steps!

You are now drawing sharks with the simple step by step instructions…easy peasy! Easy drawing! Quick tutorial!

Download How to Draw a Shark Printable Guide Here

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If you have young artists in your family, they can learn how to make cool drawings and turn any piece of paper into art! There are tons of free painting lessons and coloring printables for you and your little ones.

How did your shark drawing turn out?

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