How to draw a cute shark step by step for beginners cute shark drawing

How to draw a cute shark

I love drawing cute kawaii food and animals.

These make perfect drawing projects for kids because they can stick these drawings on refrigerators or in their notebooks.

I’ve already done a lot of tutorials on drawing cute and kawaii animals, like this kawaii dog tutorial and this kawaii cat tutorial.

In this post, I will show you how to draw a cute shark in this step-by-step guide so that you can easily make a cute shark drawing!

You can check out my other kawaii tutorials here.

Whether you’re a kid or an adult learning how to draw, these steps are extremely easy to follow; let’s get started!

I’ll even show you how to color the shark; here’s what you’ll learn to draw:

Add highlights and shadows

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I am currently using an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create my digital art.

But you can use any tool – a pen and paper or color pencils or Copic markers or Photoshop because the drawing method remains the same.

How to draw a cute shark – Easy Step by step instructions

Let’s start with the body of the shark.

Since we are drawing a really cute shark, we will make the shark very small and curved – this is how we usually draw kawaii animals.

The idea is to simplify the body into basic shapes so that the animal looks very cute and kawaii.

I will start with drawing a long curve like this – just pretend you’re drawing a bean. Make sure the left side of the curve is longer as this will become the head.

Draw a simple curve

Next, I’m going to draw another curve to complete the shark’s body like this – this line is more straight than curved. Leave a small gap at the end because we are going to draw the tail here.

extend the curve to draw the body of the shark

Now, it’s time to draw the tail of the shark.

Just draw 2 small cute tail fins at the end of the shark’s body like this:

Draw the tail fins of the shark

Take your time to draw this shark – there is no rush.

You can even print this guide out and trace the steps so that it’s easy for you to draw the shark.

Sharks have multiple fins. So, now, let’s draw the remaining fins on the body of the shark – these fins help the shark swim.

I’m just going to draw 2 small “V” shapes to indicate the shark fins. Make it slightly curved at the pointy end to give the shark that kawaii effect!

Add 2 more fins on the front of the shark

And finally, we’ll draw the most popular fin that gives the shark that unique look – the top fin.

Draw the same “V” shape on top of the shark.

Draw the top fin of the shark

Now, we can draw the face of the shark.

I’m going to draw a small eye and a mouth on the shark’s face – this will make the shark look cute.

Remember to keep things simple – just a circle for the eye and a small U shaped mouth.

Draw the eyes and mouth of the shark

Easy, isn’t it?

Now, let’s draw the gills.

The gills of the shark are right under the eye so draw 3 small curves under the shark’s eye to indicate the gills.

Draw the gills under the eyes

And now, we’re done drawing the shark!

It’s time to color the shark. I’m going to go in with a bluish purple and color the top of the shark – the bottom I will leave white.

Color the shark a bluish purple

Don’t forget to color the fins!

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Color the fins

Now, to add a cuteness factor to the shark, draw one small blush spot underneath the eye of the shark.

Add a cute blush spot to the shark

Next, you can add some highlights and shadows to the shark to give it that cute shiney skin. Sharks have pretty smooth skin so I’m adding some highlights. You can skip this step if you’re coloring it traditionally.

Add highlights and shadows
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And we’re finished!

Remember, you can color your shark any color you want.

Tadaa! We’ve just learned how to draw and color a cute shark drawing.

Conclusion of how to draw a cute shark + Drawing Resources

Was this tutorial helpful?

I hope you could learn how to make a cute shark drawing step by step.

Drawing sharks and animals are fun for kids of all ages, and you can color them anyhow you want!

Check out these books if you’d like to learn to draw more cute animals!

If you want to see more tutorials on drawing kawaii animals and kawaii things, please leave a comment below on what you’d like to see next!

I will be adding more kawaii drawing tutorials (animals, food, and lots of things) to this blog, so keep a lookout!

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What do you need?

A sketchbook, Photoshop or Procreate, and a graphic tablet so that you can draw the kawaii characters. If you want to make stickers, you’ll need a printer and sticker sheets. I explain how to make stickers on Procreate here.

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If you are just getting started with ProCreate, I highly recommend this course: Procreate for Beginners: Digital Illustration 101

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