How To Draw an Electric Eel

How to Draw an Electric Eel

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

Before we begin the How To Draw an Electric Eel drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about eels you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Electric eels live in freshwater rivers and streams in South America and are not true eels but rather knifefish related to carp and catfish.
  • They can produce electric shocks of over 600 volts to stun prey and defend against predators using three specialized electric organs.
  • These electric organs are made of electrocytes and electrolyte-filled channels that function like batteries when triggered by the central nervous system.
  • Electric shocks cause muscle contractions or pain allowing electric eels to easily overpower prey like fish and invertibrates.
  • While powerful enough to stun humans, their shocks are usually not life-threatening unless already sick or injured due to low current output.
  • Some electric eels grow over 2 meters long making them the largest electric fish capable of administering shocks along their entire bodies.
  • They use electric senses called electroreception to locate prey and navigate murky waters at night or underground in flooded burrows.
  • During droughts, electric eels can survive for extended periods out of water if their skin stays moist by wriggling through mud.
  • In the Amazon, groups live together without harming each other thanks to an ability to control electric discharge direction and intensity.
  • Their muscle-paralyzing shocks allow electric eels to eat large prey whole that would otherwise be too big for their mouths.

How To Draw an Electric Eel – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Lesson

Step 1: Begin by drawing the eel’s tail end.

how to draw an electric eel

Step 2: Draw more of the body and the eel’s head.

how to draw an electric eel

Step 3: Now you can draw the rest of the body.

how to draw an electric eel

Step 4: Draw some detail on the body.

how to draw an electric eel

Step 5: Sketch in the face and mouth.

how to draw an electric eel

Step 6: Draw lightning bolts to represent the eel’s electrical shock! Ouch!

how to draw an electric eel

Well done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw an Electric Eel, considering adding some shading or coloring to make your slithery friend look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your electric eel drawing.

how to draw an electric eel


You did it! Congratulations on drawing an Electric Eel! 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 an electric eel is with plenty of practice!

Are you looking for another unusual water-dwelling animal to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw an Anglerfish?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw an Anglerfish.

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