How to Draw a Prawn

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Prawn in 6 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 Prawn.

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

Step 1: Draw a long, irregularly-shaped head and a beady eye.

Step 2: Add a curved body to the back of the head, segmenting it off into sections with lines.

Step 3: Draw the tail, which consists of two leaf-like shapes.

Step 4: Now add five pairs of long, skinny legs to the front half of the body.

Step 5: Draw another five pairs of short, very thin legs to the midsection.

Step 6: Extending from the head, draw two very long and thin antennae. Now your prawn is drawn.

Interesting Facts about the Prawn

Prawn belong to the Crustacean family so it related to lobsters and crabs. They migrate toward shallow water at night to find food – which consist of worms, mollusks, shrimp, and sponges. During the day they can be found in deeper water to avoid their predators. Predators include squid, cod, humans, flounders, and halibut.

Did you know?

  • They are native to the north Pacific
  • Prawn can be nine inches or more in length
  • They moult their shell several times in their life
  • Their five pairs of legs are called Perepods
  • They also have five pairs of swimming legs called Pleopods

Lesson Plan Idea – Discuss why Prawn discard their outer skin shell several times a year. What is the point?

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