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  • Hi guys welcome to my Channel.

  • Today I am going to do a tutorial on how to draw a Betta fish.

  • It is very easy to draw a betta fish with colored pencils.

  • Because you don’t have to worry about the exact colors when drawing something like this.

  • You can chose any color you want and experiment blending and mixing with several other colors.

  • But don’t ignore the value scale.

  • Because finally you should have a definite shape for the drawing.

  • I am not going to complicate this drawing by using several art supplies, I am just using

  • Derwent artist’s pencils But you can use any pencil you like but be sure to use similar

  • colors.

  • And I am using Strathmore Bristol vellum paper because it gives enough tooth for the harder

  • Artists pencils.

  • So if you are using a harder pencil like Derwent artist, then be sure to use a paper with adequate

  • tooth.

  • This is the outline of the drawing that I am going to do.

  • You can copy this one or you can choose some other betta fish reference and draw using

  • the similar techniques.

  • I am starting off by drawing its eyes using just the black pencil later we can darken

  • it further by adding some dark browns.

  • And then what I am doing is drawing a base layer of the lightest color on the body of

  • the fish.

  • I am using a light yellowish brown for that purpose.

  • I am also drawing the border of its mouth with the same pencil.

  • And you can also see that I am using several other colors like pinks and purples here and

  • there.

  • This will help to avoid that monotonous look of the base color.

  • But be sure to use a color with similar value.

  • You don’t want to use a dark pencil and make patterns over the underlying light color.

  • So I am only using some light pinks and purples.

  • I have extended the light colored base on the upper surface of the body because the

  • light is falling from above downwards.

  • Since the body of the fish is flat, only a small portion of the upper part will be under

  • the direct light.

  • We want to draw this area lighter compared to other parts.

  • And I am going to draw both the sides of the body much darker than the highlight.

  • Using such a value contrast will give you that shiny look.

  • So for the sides I am using dark reddish brown and several layers of other colors as well.

  • You can see that I am using several other colors to draw the scales randomly.

  • For the scales over the darker sides I am even using black.

  • So that finishes a small part of the body.

  • At the end of this part make sure you have the basic shape of the fish body and a good

  • value contrast so that fish looks shiny.

  • Add as much colors as you want and blend those colors well together.

  • Now I am going to draw the remaining part of the body of the fish.

  • This part is also under the shadow but there is a beautiful blue color over there.

  • So what I am going to do is make an initial layer with blues and purples.

  • I am even using a green color to make it much more beautiful.

  • You can use as many blues and purples you want but make sure to blend them so that you

  • get a smooth color variation.

  • Start with the lighter colors first.

  • For the initial layers you don’t want to use dark colors.

  • Later on we can add darker colors until we get the color we want.

  • I am also drawing some scales in between with a reddish brown color.

  • Then I am gradually darkening this side using dark blues, purples and dark brown.

  • You can even use black if necessary.

  • Building colors like this helps to get a dark color with a bluish glow to it.

  • This is essential to get that shiny look of the fish.

  • So that finishes the side.

  • Now we can move on to the side fins.

  • Drawing fin is the easiest part in this drawing, be it side fin or tail fin.

  • I am going to explain the process when drawing this side fin.

  • I am using two different color groups for the fins.

  • First group is composed of warm colors such as yellow orange and red.

  • For this group I am using a red towards the body of the fish and then orange and towards

  • the end a yellow or light orange.

  • At the end you should get a gradation of colors from red to yellow.

  • Red closer to the fish and yellow towards the end.

  • So you need to blend these three colors without any demarcations.

  • Just like a piece of cloth there are folds on the fin too.

  • For this folds we can use a darker color such as brown.

  • Just like this we can draw the fin with other color group too.

  • For this group I am using a blue purple and a pinkish red.

  • Blue towards the body of the fish and pinkish red away from the body.

  • For drawing the folds I am using a dark blue such as indigo blue.

  • You can see that I have made some other fin too with very light colors.

  • It’s the fin on the side of the fish head.

  • Since it’s very transparent I am using a very light blues and greens.

  • Finally I am finishing the remaining part of the body of fish using the same colors

  • used before.

  • So now what’s remaining is the tail fish.

  • I will show you it as a slow time lapse so that you can follow how I drew those fins.

  • Its just like I did in the side fins using two color groups.

  • You can even add another color group if you want.

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