How to Draw Kawaii Jellyfish and Colour It with Watercolour Pencils

How to draw kawaii jellyfish in 4 simple steps

Let’s draw a cute jellyfish today!

Drawing Tips

This drawing is based on a simple egg shape for the body, with wavy lines coming out for the legs.

Sketch the wavy lines first to decide the position and arrangement of the legs. It’s much easier this way. Simple lines are easy to change and move around.

Once you are happy with the sketch lines, add tube-like outlines to turn them into “legs”.

Step-by-step Tutorial

How to draw kawaii jellyfish step-by-step tutorial by Tatyana Deniz

This adorable jellyfish tutorial goes along with our ocean theme and my earlier tutorials for how to draw a kawaii whale and kawaii starfish. Together they can even create a cute scene. 🙂

To colour this drawing, I decided to check out a photo of an actual jellyfish. I imagined it as a transparent, multicoloured, soft ball. A bit like a soap bubble.

Then I found this photo, and it was perfect.

Spectacular jellyfish photo

I used watercolour pencils to create these smooth colour variations.

It’s a completely new technique for me. I learned it from Carla Mozena, who generously shared her colouring skills via tutorials and a video in our private Facebook community. Thank you so much, Carla!

The main idea is to work in layers and allow each later to dry before adding the next layer of colour.

For example, I coloured the whole body of the jellyfish using a very light layer of red. Then I wet it with a brush.

Once that was dry, I sketched in areas of blue, yellow, and green. Blended the colours with a wet brush again and allowed it to dry.

After I finished all the colours, I added the pink outlines (using a felt-tip pen), face and white highlights.

This would be a lot easier to show as a video, haha. Ok, I’ll work on that next, and post the video tutorial here.

Materials I Used

  • Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
    • Sun Yellow 0200
    • Iris Blue 0900
    • Poppy Red 0400
    • Fuchsia 0700
    • Teal Green 1300
  • Staedler Triplus pen, purple
  • Uni-Ball Signo pen, white

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Let’s see what we can create together!


  • So glad I looked through the list of messages on FB! I saw the jelly fish and realized that I hadn’t made one yet! And then I read your whole description which was a huge help! That will probably be my next creation!!! I might ask if you could give some idea of how big your drawings are. I think I made “Two Peas in a Pod” and it was hard to color. I think it would have been better if I made it bigger. I know our measuring systems are probably different, but most of our rulers have both systems on them.

    • Thank you for this question! I will be sure to include sizes in my future posts. 🙂 I like to draw big-ish, otherwise it’s fiddly to colour. The paper size of this drawing is 8 inches by 6.5 inches. The drawing itself is about 4 by 4 (cause it has those curling whiskers).

      I am glad the description was of help. I was wondering if I added too much text, but I guess not.

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