how to draw krill

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

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

  • Krill are small shrimp-like crustaceans that live in dense swarms near polar oceans around Antarctica and play a key role in marine ecosystems.
  • They feed on algae and phytoplankton and are themselves a major food source for larger animals such as whales, penguins, seals and fish.
  • Most krill species grow to a length between 2-5 cm as adults and have 11 pairs of legs and three pairs of eyes.
  • Their bodies are made of chitin like insects and are either bright red or transparent gray in color depending on species.
  • Krill use feathery appendages called pleopods to swim and filter feed in huge swarms sometimes containing millions of individuals.
  • They live 2-5 years on average and mass reproductive events lead to boom and bust population cycles.
  • Krill populations face threats from climate change, pollution, and human fishing despite their importance as food for other animals.
  • Some krill species undertake daily vertical migrations, rising to shallow depths at night to feed.
  • Their high lipid and protein content makes krill a nutritious supplement used in some fish and animal feeds.
  • Due to abundance, krill are considered a possible future food resource for humans if harvested sustainably.

How To Draw a Krill – Easy Step by Step Drawing Guide

Step 1: Begin by drawing the top of the krill’s body.

how to draw a krill

Step 2: Draw the bottom of the body and the start of the legs.

how to draw a krill

Step 3: Now you can draw more of the legs.

how to draw a krill

Step 4: Draw the next leg segments.

how to draw a krill

Step 5: Sketch in some body detail.

how to draw a krill

Step 6: Draw the face details, and add segmenting to the tail.

how to draw a krill

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

krill drawing


You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Krill! 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 krill is with practice!

Are you looking for a relative of the krill to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a Shrimp, or prawn?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Shrimp.

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