How To Draw a Flounder

how to draw a flounder

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Flounder in 6 easy steps. This step by step drawing lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a flounder. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step of the how to draw a flounder tutorial. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a simple and easy fishy flounder drawing!

Before we begin the How To Draw a Flounder drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about the flounder you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Flounder are flatfish that live on ocean and lake bottoms worldwide in temperate and subtropical waters.
  • They have both eyes on one side of their heads and their bodies are compressed laterally to blend in with sandy or muddy seabeds.
  • Camouflage allows flounder to ambush prey like crustaceans and small fish from below without being seen easily.
  • At hatching, flounder are bilaterally symmetrical like most fish but one eye migrates over the top of the head as they mature.
  • Flounder bury themselves beneath sand or plant matter on ocean floors to further hide from predators hunting by sight above.
  • Several species are important commercial fish harvested by trawling or traps and sold as food worldwide.
  • Their flat bodies perfectly camouflage motionless flounder until something edible swims nearby to be attacked.
  • Larger individuals can reach weights over 5 kilograms and lengths up to 1 meter long.
  • Flounder are often called the “fish out of water” due to their ability to survive for short periods on land if kept moist.
  • Anglers enjoy catching flounder that are excellent table fare and also support recreational fisheries.

How To Draw a Flounder – Easy Step by Step Drawing Lesson

Step 1: Begin by drawing the mouth and belly of the flounder.

how to draw a flounder

Step 2: Draw the top of the back.

how to draw a flounder

Step 3: Now you can draw the tail and fins.

how to draw a flounder

Step 4: Draw the tail detail and the lateral line of the flounder.

how to draw a flounder

Step 5: Sketch in the larger fins.

how to draw a flounder

Step 6: Draw the eyes, on the same side of the body and add fin detail.

how to draw a flounder

Well done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Flounder, consider adding some shading or coloring to make your flat fish drawing look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your flounder drawing.

flounder drawing easy


You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Flounder! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly as you had hoped, but I’m sure after another attempt or two you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a flounder is with practice!

Are you looking for another fun ocean animal to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a BLUE WHALE?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Blue Whale.

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