How to Draw & Paint A Puffer Fish

Beginner - Learning Form and Shading

Learn to draw and paint a puffer fish and add shading to give it form so it can look 3-Demantional. --- Remember, I encourage everyone to practice first and then jump into the final projects. All of the real-time videos are step-by-step instructions. I have also provided a PDF with my examples and photographs of Pufferfish.

Learning objectives 

Learn to create three-dimensional shapes on a two-dimensional piece of paper. 

Learn how to create gradations with a pencil.

Learn how to draw a pufferfish and use shading so the fish looks round.


•   Black permanent markers with thin and thick tip

•   Pencils and erasers

•   11” X 15” 140 lb. watercolor paper

•   Watercolor paint

•   Set of brushes for watercolor + a very small brush

•   Water container and lots of paper towels

In step 1, we will learn to draw with a puffer fish pencil on watercolor paper. 

Step 2 We will add white crayon bubbles to the white page as a resist. 

Step 3 We will paint them by controlling our brushwork. 

Step 4 We will paint the background. 

Step 5 We will finish with black permanent markers and more shading to show the fish are 3-Demantional.

Course curriculum

    1. Puffer Fish Introduction

    2. Lesson 1: Introduction & Materials List

    3. How to Draw and Paint a Puffer Fish.pdf

    4. Learning How to Shade By Looking at the Light Source

    5. Practice Shading with a Pencil

    1. Step 1 - How to Draw a Puffer Fish with pencil

    2. Step 2 - Preparing the watercolor paper by adding white crayon resist.

    1. Step 3 - How to Paint a Puffer Fish and add form to make your fish 3-D.

    2. Step 5 - How to paint a Puffer Fish - Adding the Last Details

About this course

  • $15.00
  • 9 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

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Karen Barge

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Karen Barge is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. Karen received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of North Texas and went back to school to get a degree in Computer Graphics in Multimedia a few years later. In 1992, Karen pursued a career in California as a graphic designer in the video game industry. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 9 years. After that she ran her own graphic design corporation for 6 years.
Along the way, she taught a variety of art classes for ages 4 to 85. She created her own curriculum for classes at the Vista Art Foundation’s Gallery 204 and held teaching positions at several Montessori and Catholic schools. Karen has taught kids classes and camps, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting.


“This class exceeded my expectations! Karen is very clear and guides you step-by-step in the creative process! It makes it easy to follow her instructions. Both my 6 year old boy and my 9 year old girl loved the crazy paint class. They keep creating more and more pictures. Great job Karen and Thank you.”

-Marco S. (Father)

“What a great lesson, what else can I say. Good and very useful examples, nice tips that you can apply right away. Enthusiastic and clearly explained. Thanks again for this lesson. My whole class loved this project.”

Jesse J. (Art Teacher)

“Mss Karen is so creative and helps us be more creative than most teachers. She helped me take a simple project like the sun line lesson and make it so much more interesting. ”

Kayla E. (Age 14)

“Mrs. Barge is my favorite teacher. I have taken every one of her summer and winter camps. She is now teaching me how to paint acrylic on canvas. My mom says we have run out of room for my art. We are going to have to buy another house.”

Ashley S. (Age 8)

“Love Karen’s enthusiasm level, and personality. Her class is done well in every way: organized, actionable, great pace. Her drawing prompts and suggestions are going to be very helpful to me. The downloadable documents were very helpful to re-enforce remembering. Thanks Karen!”

Linda Mae O.

“As a beginner artist, I truly appreciated your “ease” in your demeanor: you are very approachable, Karen, and easy to be with. Your projects have a positive aura, confident yet not intimating which allows a pleasant environment to create art! I loved your video workshops … I also loved the Christmas Paint Party”

Aly Dobek (Retired Beginner Artist)