People have always been fascinated by the beauty and ephemeral nature of the butterfly. Found in a wide range of colors and often with very vivid hues, butterflies offer the artist an endless source of drawing and coloring possibilities. Indeed, it is possible to so fall in love with drawing butterflies that you end up dedicating a lot of your drawing time to them.
This step-by-step drawing tutorial will provide you with the basics for drawing a standard butterfly. The colors suggested here can be changed any way you like and once you’ve grasped this method, you’ll be able to move on to trying more complex drawings of butterflies.
Start with the head of the butterfly. Sketch in a circlefor the head. Then draw two small ovals at each side of the circle for the eyes.
Create the butterfly’s antennae. On top of the head, draw two long lines for the antennae. Add two very small ovals at each tip to complete them.
Draw the body. Draw two ovals, a regular one just under the head and a more elongated one below that to form the tail end of the butterfly.
Add in the wings. For the top wings, draw two large triangular shapes with rounded sides. For the bottom, draw another two rounded triangular shapes but make these much smaller than the ones above. Follow the image as a guide.
Design the wings. Now this is the fun part. You can either copy a real butterfly’s wing design or create something entirely your own!
Outline your butterfly with a fine marker. Once it’s outlined, erase the guidelines.