How to Draw a Butterfly Step by Step
Butterflies make a great subject for a drawing lesson because, once you understand the rules, you can draw a realistic-looking butterfly without any special drawing skills. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw a monarch butterfly from scratch step by step.
To represent the length of the body, draw a vertical line across the torso.
Add two tiny ovals to the front of the head, which will be the palpi – or antennata – which are short, furry antennae.
Following these simple steps, you can now outline the body of an octopus:
Make a dot on your torso to represent the upper part of the torso, which will be used to position the wings.
Each half should be about the same length as the entire body (excluding antennae).
To ensure that the lines are parallel to each other, draw two longer lines about 30 degrees over the previous line.
Draw a line from the horizontal line’s end to about 60% of the “dragonfly wing’s” length.
Draw two lines down from the point, just below the abdomen, and a diagonal line across them.
Draw a line from the torso point under the upper wing to close the triangular shape of the wing.
Make a mark in the center of the triangle’s farthest line.
A line drawn from the torso should be crossed at each point.
Outline the lower wing’s shape.
First, mark three points in the area shown below to divide each wing area into smaller areas called “cells.”
Create an elongated cell by connecting these marks.
Draw a similar cell in the lower wing using the same technique.
There will be more cells starting here, so make a note of where they will begin.
Draw gentle curves from these points to the wing’s edge, with the curves falling down slightly.
The topmost cell is subdivided into additional cells:
Similar cells run out radially from the middle of the lower wing:
Each cell has a subtle “wrinkle” in the center that will serve as a helpful guideline for us; mark it subtly to differentiate it from the veins.
We now have plain butterfly wings, but it’s their pattern that makes them so lovely! Let’s add a monarch butterfly-specific pattern by drawing curves between the veins and creating a margin for each wing.
Mark the spot where the wrinkle isu2014it will be a little lighter here.
Outline the wings’ edges, making them “bumpy” around the veins’ ends.
In the margin, there is a pattern of bright dots that you should outline.
Because of white lines placed between the veins and wrinkles, the edges of the wings may appear slightly ragged; this is a subtle effect, but it adds to the realism of the wings.
In the upper part of the upper wings, make some markings.
Because the pattern is created primarily by contrast rather than by lines, we must darken certain parts to achieve realistic results. First, darken the body, which may have some pattern on it!
Darken the side margins while keeping the markings bright.
Darken the margins by moving around the small markings with care.
Darken the area around the upper wing markings.
Make a note of the dark outline of the veins, as well as the wrinkles, to make the drawing more detailed.
Congratulations on drawing a lovely butterfly! If you’d like to learn more about butterflies, their anatomy, and other species, check out this tutorial: DrawingHow to Draw Animals: Butterflies, Their Anatomy, and Wing PatternsMonika Zagrobelna
What do butterflies symbolize?
The butterfly has become a metaphor for transformation and hope in its metamorphosis from a common, colorless caterpillar to an exquisite winged creature of delicate beauty; across cultures, it has become a symbol for rebirth and resurrection, for the triumph of the spirit and soul over the physical prison, the cocoon.
What are butterfly wings?
Butterfly and moth wings are made up of two protein membranes covered in thousands of scales and tiny hairs, which are overlapping pieces of the protein chitin and are modified, plate-like setae. These layers of tiny scales give the wings their colors and patterns.
What is butterfly life cycle?
The butterfly and moth develop through a process known as metamorphosis, which includes four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
How do you make a butterfly?
Movement of the arms
- Extend your arms above your head and pull them in a semicircle toward your body, palms outward.
- Push your palms backward and pull your arms along your sides and past your hips.
- Recover. Finish the pull by dragging thumbs on your thighs.
How do you draw a pretty butterfly?
- Draw the body and head on the center line.
- Draw two symmetrical top wings.
- Draw two symmetrical bottom wings.
- Begin the symmetrical shapes on top.
- Finish the symmetrical shapes.
- Begin the bottom symmetrical shapes.
- Add two more shapes on each side.
How do butterflies make kids?
15 Easy Butterfly Crafts for Children
- 01 of 15. Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly. 02 of 15. Sponge Painted Butterfly. 03 of 15. Marble Paper Plate Butterfly. 04 of 15. Paper Bag Butterfly. 05 of 15. Coffee Filter Butterfly. 06 of 15. Colorful Egg Carton Butterfly. 07 of 15. Stained Glass Butterfly.