Inside: How to draw a jellyfish with tentacles that make it look like it’s swimming.

H-E-L-L-O Artists! Today, we are drawing a Jellyfish. Jellyfish are interesting looking sea creatures.

They are like drawing fish, only more fun!

They come in many sizes, but the basic form is the same. 

They have blob looking but delicate bodies (hoods) with long arms and tentacles helping them to float elegantly in the ocean.

How to draw & color a jellyfish

Supplies needed to draw a jellyfish:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils/crayons
  • Watercolors/markers

Supplies for drawing a jeelyfish


Artist tip: As with any drawing it’s important to recognize how much space you are working with.

To do this, point to the middle of your paper with your finger or pencil.

This will tell your eyes how much space you have to draw in. It does not have to be exact! 

How to draw a jelly fish

Let’s get started:

1. Draw a long curved line, like a smile in the middle of the paper.

How to draw a jelly body

2. Next draw a half circle from end to end of the curved line, UPWARDS.

Sketching a jellyfish

3. Along the bottom of the half circle, on the original curved line, draw cloud lines over it.

Artist tip: Cloud lines can also be called a scalloped edge.

It looks like a series of U shapes connected. (IE: UUUUUUU)

How to draw the scallop of a jellyfish

How to draw tentacles

4. Now, for the arms & tentacles. They will come from the bottom of the body shape, like legs.

The arms look like wavy ribbons and tentacles are wavy lines; arms are thicker, tentacles are thin.

Jellyfish have about 4-5 arms and many tentacles, trying to fill the space.

How to draw tentacles

Outline sketch of a jellyfish

How to color a Jelly Fish

5. The Best Part: COLOR! 

Jelly fish come in all shapes and colors. You can pick your favorite one, I’m partial to purple or to this pretty ocean blue.

Use a deeper or lighter shade for some of the tentacles to make your jelly fish drawing look like it has motion to it.

How to color a jellyfish

There you go! You’ve done it! and drawn a JELLYFISH! Now, just don’t get stung by it. Ha!

Let’s see what other animals we can draw together next time. 

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