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In this guide we will draw a butterfly in seven easy steps. Butterflies are colorful and delicate creatures, but a simple, cartoon style butterfly is very simple to draw. Just follow the guide step by step.
First, before drawing anything, measure roughly how much space your butterfly drawing will take up. The wings are surprisingly large and if you make the body too big the wings may not fit in the paper.
We’ll draw simple shapes that, when connected, will make a great looking butterfly. First we'll sketch the butterfly’s body, and then add the wings and details. Note, that in real butterflies, the forewings are never smaller than the hindwings.
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Draw the initial sketch with light pencil touches. When the sketch is ready, use stronger lines to complete and touch-up your drawing.
You can have fun when decorating the wings. Each butterfly has a unique pattern on their wings. Copy one you like from a photo or create your own pattern.
In the following drawing stages, I've highlighted each step with lines of blue color.
You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Butterfly
Draw two small overlapping circles or ovals. These will make the midline of the butterfly.
Next, draw two smaller circles over the upper oval and a bullet shape below the lower oval.
Draw the right forewing. Wings can come in many shapes, but try a tilted rectangle with round corners, and curve the lines slightly.
Now, draw the hindwing. It's partially behind the forewing. Add the cartoony half-moon eyes.
Draw the left forewing and the antennas. Butterflies are symmetrical, so try to make the left wings a similar size and shape as the other ones.
Add the left hindwing and circles for colored scales. You can have a lot of fun with different wing decorations. Copy a design from a real butterfly or make your own.
Color your butterfly drawing.
Printable Drawing Tutorial
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