How to draw an eel?


Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw an eel? They’re slimy and slippery, but so graceful in the water. Today we’re going to show you how to do it! We’ll walk you through the steps, and once you’re done, you can try your hand at some of our other sea creatures. Let’s get started!

What is an eel?

What is an eel? Eels are a type of fish that can be found in freshwater or saltwater environments. They are elongated and have a snake-like appearance, with a fin running along the length of their body. Eels are carnivorous creatures, and they use their sharp teeth to capture prey. Some species of eel are known to grow to impressive lengths, reaching up to ten feet in length! Eels are an important food source in many cultures, and they are also popular as pets.

Here is some more information about eels.

  • It feeds on insect larvae, worms, crustaceans, molluscs, small fish, debris, and decaying materials.
  • It is catadromous, a migratory carnivore that leaves fresh water and spawns in the sea.
  • It feeds on insect larvae, worms, crustaceans, molluscs, small fish, debris, and decaying materials.


  • It is shaped like a snake.
  • Its skin is covered with mucous secretion, making it very slippery, and it does not have scales.
  • Brighter skin tone
  • Body length can reach 45 -50 cm as adults
  • Can weigh up to 200-300 g / head
  • The dorsal and caudal fins are united in one rounded tail part. It has no ventral or caudal fins. Behind the head, they have two significantly reduced pectoral fins.
  • Pointy tail shape
  • Smaller eye shape
  • Their back is greenish-brown, gray, or almost black. Its belly is white and yellowish.
  • It lives in fresh, marine, and brackish waters.
  • It is a species that is successfully farmed but does not reproduce in captivity due to its highly complex production process.

From the discussion above, maybe you already know what an eel is and its characteristics. So, we will move on to the main topic, namely the tutorial on how to draw an eel. 

How to Draw an Eel Step by Step

Drawing an eel can be a lot of fun! They are such unique creatures and you can really let your imagination run wild when drawing them. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to draw an eel that’s easy to do. Let’s get started!

Step 1. 

First, draw the eel’s body with two curved lines on the white paper. Draw the eel’s body by tracing a long shape that looks like a tube. But be careful! Before you end, trace the lines together, making them pointy.

Step 2. 

Next, draw a mouth of an eel.

Step 3. 

In this next step, you will first draw a circle for his small eyes. We will draw the head structure at the top of the eel’s body, adding two eyes. Once you are done, make sure everything is correct before moving forward.

Step 4. 

Then, draw a square fin.

Step 5. 

Next, use an arc to draw the dorsal fin.

Step 6. 

Draw a fin at the end of the eel tail.

Step 7. 

Then add curved lines to the dorsal fin on the upper body of the eel, towards the tail. Make it slightly curved, and it will look like swimming in the water! 

Step 8. 

Now trace other curved lines along the bottom of the eel’s body.

Step 9. 

This is the last step, now our eel is ready, and all you will be doing is trim the body trim as shown. 

Step 10. 

After completing all process, this is what you should have. Color him in to give him a markup template, and you’re done. 

Congratulations! You have completed how to draw an eel.

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