Feared by many, sharks have entered our popular culture being misrepresented as villainous animals seeking only blood. Contrary to popular beliefs, sharks are actually quite gentle for a wild animal. They only attack if they feel very hungry or under threat (which is often when humans are around!) And it’s not just one type of shark so don’t go stereotyping! Sharks actually come in over 440+ specific species with a lot of variations between breeds. Let’s celebrate sharks and help change their fearsome image with this “how to draw” tutorial of this cute little shark!

Shark Drawing Step by Step Final


🎨 Parents: The only tools you need for these how-to-draw tutorials are: eraser, pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.

How to Draw a Cute Shark (Step by Step)

We chose a Great White shark – the most famous of shark species – because they are so internationally recognizable. The Great White has a slate-gray top and a clear white belly, both are great for camouflage when hunting.

  1. Start with the signature shark snout, to make it extra cute, curve the snout with a round swing.
  2. Now continue by adding on the flipper before the shark’s underbelly and connect it with the shark’s rounded nose and mouth area.
  3. Don’t forget the top of the shark’s head and the other flipper.
  4. This is when you get the shark’s signature fin using an underside down V with a side curved inward slightly.
  5. Watch out for that tail! Draw two flower petal-like wings on each side and connect them to the underbelly and top fin.
  6. Now fill in the little details and lines fully until you have the outline of a cute shark.
  7. Draw two circles with eyes and fill in the eyes with pupils looking forward. Leave 2 little spots unfilled in the eyes for a little shine and personality.
  8. Add other details like the lines around the body and a little shark mouth going sideways into a smirk.
  9. Add a dash of color and you are done! Sharks come in all colors and patterns, you don’t have to use slate gray/blue as I did 🙂


If you want more shark inspirations, check out this shark-themed coloring page gallery. Because there are so many types of sharks, you should experiment with colors, shapes, sizes, and faces. Some sharks even glow in the dark! You know what that means? Find your mom’s highlighters and let’s go crazy (because NATURE is crazy!~)

Fun Shark Trivia for Kids:

  • Sharks come in a variety of sizes from fearsomely large (65 feet) to adorably tiny (only 7 inches).
  • Sharks never run out of teeth, on top of that, they have layers and layers of teeth – from 5 to 50 layers of teeth depending on the breed. They can grow and lose over 20,000 teeth in a lifespan.
  • Weird objects have been discovered in shark stomachs, not limited to chicken coops, bottles, drums, shoes, etc.
  • Sharks do not have any bones in their bodies, only cartilage.
  • Sharks come mostly in gray but can also be brown, tanned, white, stripes, spots, patterns, and some sharks even glow in the dark – also called bioluminescence.
  • Sharks are older than dinosaurs.
  • Sharks can sense sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, and even electricity for a total of 6 senses. They detect small electrical currents from the organs of prey.
  • Hammerhead sharks, not surprisingly, has a 360-degree vision.
  • Hammerhead sharks also swim in packs of hundreds.
  • Sharks do not only live in the ocean! Some shark species live in freshwaters like rivers and lakes.
  • The bull shark and the tiger shark are typically known as the most dangerous to humans.
  • Whale sharks (although the biggest shark) are also typically the most ‘friendly’ to humans. Some tourists even get to pet and ride them in the wild, although it’s not encouraged since they are still wild unpredictable animals.
  • Sharks do not sleep, at best they are semi-conscious at all times.
  • Some sharks can be as small as a goldfish (the Dwarf shark.)


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