12 Stunning Koi Fish Drawing Ideas and Paintings

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Do you want to learn how to draw a koi fish? You’re in luck because I’m sharing some of the coolest, most creative koi fish drawings. They are perfect for beginners and experts alike.

The koi fish is a popular Japanese symbol and can be found in many paintings. It’s also the name of a type of ornamental carp that has been bred for color patterns, particularly red-orange on white scales with dark blue or black spots. In Japan, they are seen as symbols of courage and strength.

Keep in mind that there are so many different drawing and painting techniques out there and you’ll want to find what works best for your own style when it comes to drawing this cool fish.

I hope these drawings help spark your creativity and get the inspiration flowing.

Gather Your Drawing Supplies

How to Draw An Easy koi Fish

In this simple six-step tutorial, Carolina shows us how to draw an easy koi fish. To get started, step one tells you to start with a long teardrop-like shape for the body.

Step two says to add two long shapes with points on both ends to the tip of the teardrop-like body. Add lines inside for detail. Make sure you read each step if you would like to draw your own fish.

how to draw koi fish step-by-step

Artist Credit: createwithcarolina

Koi Fish Painting

Do you want to paint a koi fish but have no idea where to start? If so, this is the perfect painting reference for you. What I love about paintings is that there are many different color varieties that can be used. Have fun thinking about what type of color scheme you want to use before getting started.

koi fish acrylic painting

Artist Credit: artsy__lin

Watercolor Koi Fish

This watercolor koi fish painting is so creative and unique. I’m a big fan of watercolors, so I’m just loving this painting. I find watercolor paintings to be so refreshing to look at. They’re really one of my favorite art mediums.

koi fish watercolor painting

Artist Credit: huiyiart

Simple Koi Fish Drawing

I just love these simple step-by-step koi fish drawing tutorials. I’m super thankful to the artists that take the time out to do these.

Koi fish are some of the most popular and beloved aquatic creatures in the world. They’re bright, beautiful, and have a tail that we all love to watch swim through water. It’s no wonder we find them to be so fun to draw, am I right?

how to draw kio fish for bullet journal

Artist Credit: gummy_bujo

Yin and Yang Koi Fish

A yin and yang drawing is a cool way to show the balance of opposites. This type of art can be done in so many different ways, but one popular version is where one side has black ink while the other has white. It’s usually best to start with light colors and gradually add more dark colors as you progress through your design.

yin and yang koi fish sketch

Artist Credit: lifecyclz

Koi Fish with Blue Waters

What I love about this piece is how the artist used their creativity to produce a piece of art that fits their style. When drawing or painting, always keep in mind that you can create anything you want and combine it with the colors, patterns, and textures that make you happy.

koi fish with blue water

Artist Credit: amateur_art.doodle

Four Koi Fish

What a wonderful drawing. The artist has created four different koi fish with different colors and patterns. They did a great job drawing the natural movement of the fish too.

You know, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting by the pond and watching the fish swim around. I’ve always loved sketching, but it was only recently that I learned how to draw koi fish. It’s so much fun to see what different patterns and colors you can come up with.

four large koi fish

Artist Credit: nic.infante

More Yin and Yang

I love the intricate details in this yin and yang drawing. It’s so interesting to see how these symbols are used to represent opposites and balance.

In Buddhism, the yang side is associated with light, male energy, action, and masculine principles such as leadership or dominance. The yin side is associated with dark, female energy, passivity, or yielding principle such as compassion or nurturing.

This illustration really captures both sides in perfect harmony and will inspire you to make your own koi fish yin and yang art piece.

yin and yang koi fish

Artist Credit: nichampton

how to draw koi fish tutorial

Artist Credit: lilou.bujo

koi fish sketch

Artist Credit: reezus_arts

orange koi fish watercolor

Artist Credit: renolivia

four koi fish in water

Artist Credit: soyena_illustrations

blue and red koi fish

Artist Credit: yi.inks

Drawing koi fish can be a great way to express your creativity. I hope you enjoyed checking out these references along with the tips for drawing them.

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