Welcome to our easy Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial! We will take you through drawing a butterfly step by step with pictures and a time lapse video at the end.
Butterflies are the ultimate symbol of transformation. From ugly caterpillar to beautiful, colourful winged creature floating gracefully through the air. Although they only live a short time, the life they do lead is delicately graceful and incredible.
Table of Contents
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 1 – Draw the Head
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 2 – Draw the Body
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 3 – Draw in the Top Left Half of the Wing
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 4 – Draw in the Top Right Half of the Wing
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 5 – Draw in the Bottom Left Wing
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 6 – Draw in the Bottom Right Wing
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 7 – Fill in the Details on the Inside of the Top Wings
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 8 – Add the Details on the Bottom Two Wings
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 9 – Add in the Antennae
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 10 – Colour In Your Butterfly
Butterfly Drawing Step 1 Draw the Head
To make sure your butterfly is symmetrical draw a cross shape with a ruler in the middle of the page. Watch the time lapse video to help with this.
Just above the middle of your page draw a small circle for the butterfly’s head. If you find this difficult freehand then draw round the end of a pen or pencil to get a perfect small circle shape.
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 1 Image
Butterfly Drawing Step 2 Draw the Body
Just underneath your head draw the body of the butterfly – it will look like a carrot shape or a stretched out oblong. The head and the body will look like a clothes peg.
Butterfly Drawing Easy Tutorial – Step 2 Image
Butterfly Drawing Step 3 Draw in the Top Left Half of the Wing
Now you are going to draw in the top left half of the wing. Make sure it is symmetrical as the picture shows. It will look like a triangle with a rounded edge with a little dip inwards like a bracket. Refer to the picture to help.
Butterfly Drawing Step 3 Image
Butterfly Drawing Step 4 Draw in the Top Right Half of the Wing
At this point you can draw in the top right half of the butterfly’s wing. Make sure that it matches the other top part of the wing as symmetrically as possible. Check out the picture or time lapse video to help.
Butterfly Drawing Step 4 Image
Butterfly Drawing Step 5 Draw in the Bottom Left Wing
Now go back to the left side and draw in the bottom left wing of the butterfly. It will look more rounded than the top part of the wing, almost like the bottom part of a teardrop shape.
Butterfly Drawing Step 5
Butterfly Drawing Step 6 Draw in the Bottom Right Wing
All you need to do for this step is to mirror the bottom left wing on the right hand side, taking special care to make sure it is symmetrical. Have a look at the picture or video to help you.
Butterfly Drawing Step 6
Butterfly Drawing Step 7 Fill in the Details on the Inside of the Top Wings
For this step you can draw in the colourful shapes inside the two top wings themselves. Consult the picture and the video to help. First of all we will add stretched out teardrop shapes as the picture shows, taking care to mirror the same shapes on the other wing. Then you can add the three circles at the tips of both wings as you can see in the picture and video.
Butterfly Drawing Step 7
Butterfly Drawing Step 8 Add the Details on the Bottom Two Wings
Now you just need to draw in a series of teardrop shapes on the bottom left wing and then mirror it on the right side. Check the pictures and time lapse video to help.
Butterfly Drawing Step 8
Butterfly Drawing Step 9 Add in the Antennae
At this point draw in your two antennae at the top of the butterfly’s head. It will look similar to a U shape with two dots on the end.
Butterfly Drawing Step 9
Butterfly Drawing Step 10 Colour In Your Butterfly
This final step involves colouring in your butterfly, especially the wings. The body of the butterfly will be black. We have gone for a Red Admiral approach which involves red, black and white spots on the wings, but it is up to you what colours you would like for your butterfly. Have fun with it!
Butterfly Drawing Step 10
For another great Butterfly Drawing Tutorial try https://www.wedrawanimals.com/how-to-draw-a-butterfly/
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