In honor of Shark Week I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring one of the most terrifying and funny characters from Finding Nemo as your pastel tutorial. Bruce the Shark really wants to be a friend, but has an appetite for any fish (or unlucky diver) in the area!
You will need the following pastel colors: black, dark blue, medium blue, white and light blue. Yes, this is an almost all-blue painting!
Let’s start out by drawing an outline of Bruce. His whole body looks a bit like an onion. Now, he would probably take a bite out of me for that remark, but I will show you. Start by turning your paper vertically, and pick up your black pastel. We will start at the top of your paper, right on the top edge. Using your black pastel, draw his dorsal fin. The fin will look a little like a straightened curl looks on top of your head…sticking straight up.
From the fin, draw an almost onion or pumpkin shape for his whole body. On the right side of his head, draw his tail fin. This is a very short cylinder shape with a big tail fin attached. Now he needs two pectoral fins that jut out from the chin area on the right and left; these are short and not big fins. Next we will give him his eyes. They are dangerous looking! First draw a wide “V” shape in the middle of his head. Then attach under the “V” two eyes.
These eyes are almost crossed, giving him a comical appearance. There is a speck of white in the top of each eye, giving them some light and life. His nose is just a straight line with two nostrils that are small “u” shapes.
Bruce’s mouth is the most noticeable feature of his whole body…it is very, very big. You can start his mouth at the left corner and draw a curved smile all the way across the face to the right. Then, open it up wide and draw the bottom lip from right to left. His teeth are very impressive. Most sharks his size have double rows of teeth, and Bruce likes to show his off.
The teeth are drawn like upside-down triangles. The top row has teeth spread apart a bit, then the next row is right in the middle of the mouth like straight triangle shapes. Draw a short gum line, then fill in the bottom row of those terrible teeth next to the lips. You may just want to put teeth on the top and bottom of his mouth. I am sure Bruce won’t miss the extra teeth! Give him some “smile wrinkles or dimples” at the corner of his mouth.
“I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.”
And you are finished drawing him and can now use your pastels to color him!
- Disney artists painted Bruce a medium to dark blue. I would suggest this too, but please remember to give him some light areas on top of his head and the top fin.
- His eyes are pale blue with the white dot of light. The pupils are black. His teeth are left white like the paper, or you can color them with a white pastel.
- You cannot leave Bruce beached on the big sheet of paper, so surround him with beautiful ocean water with light blue lights at the top of the page.
Just look at the silly, yet terrifying, Bruce the Shark that you have painted! What a great job! Now be sure to sign your name in the corner, flip the painting over and give it a name, and date it. Wow! We have had such fun! And always remember, you ARE an artist!
More Shark Week Resources
Sharks!! Our newest art curriculum book has even more sharks to paint. Click over and enjoy both a FREE Great White Shark video tutorial and the shark fin tutorial from the covers of each book!
The ebooks offer the hammerhead, flying mako, goblin and more sharks to learn about while you paint. Forty tutorials to fill up your summer! Everything from beach scenes to sea stars to turtles. And a variety of stunning sharks. Or purchase the art curriculum books individually.
You Are An Artist!
- A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons (100 free lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials plus the video The Very Few Must Have Supplies for Chalk Pastel Art. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
- The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
- Encouragement: You Can Be an Artist! 10 Day series and Art for All Ages 10 Day series
- Be sure to subscribe to our Hodgepodge YouTube channel for free video art tutorials!
We will be painting all kinds of sharks this week! How about you?