How to Draw a Gudgeon

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Gudgeon in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Gudgeon.

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How to Draw a Gudgeon - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's begin drawing our gudgeon by starting with the head. A sideways triangle with a cleft in the middle will do!

Step 2: Continue by drawing a line for the lip and a large circle-within-a-cirlce for the eye.

Step 3: From the top of the head drawing a long, slightly curving line for the gudgeon's back. Do the same for its underbelly, but scoop in towards the end for the shape of the tail.

Step 4: Continue with the fins. A big one on top and two smallers ones on the underbelly. Don't forget the samller ones close to its face.

Step 5: Now draw the tail. Gudeons live in freshwater and grow to be barely bigger than the bottom of your palm to the tips of your fingers!

Interesting Facts about Gudgeons

Gudgeons are common fish found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and many drainage areas around Europe and the Middle East. The fish like to be anywhere there is a sandy and gravelly bottom. Gudgeons like to eat worms, bugs, larvae, and tiny shell creatures. They are members of the Cyprinid family. That means they don’t have stomachs or teeth, they eat by crushing their food against a plate in their heads.

Did you know?

  • Gudgeons only live for about 5 years.
  • They communicate with each other with squeaking sounds.
  • Gudgeons have two whiskers on the side of their mouths called “barbules.” These barbules look like a long moustache and help the fish find food on the rocky bottoms.
  • Gudgeons are freshwater fish, but they can live in “brackish water” which is a mix of fresh and salt water. That’s why they are found near oceans.
  • The largest recorded Gudgeon caught was in Britain in 1990. The fish was caught with a rod on the River Nadder in Wiltshire. It was 5 oz.

Activity: If weather permits; today may be the day to introduce your little fisherman to fishing.