Learn how to draw a great looking Cartoon Butterfly with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Cartoon Butterfly.
You can learn how to draw a cartoon butterfly that is beautiful and realistic. How? With the help of this cartoon drawing guide!
Butterflies are insects found around the world. In fact, there are about 17,500 different butterfly species. They have large wings made colorful by tiny scales. Butterflies undergo a complete metamorphosis; their life cycle includes egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages.
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Did you know? Butterflies taste with their feet and drink from mud puddles to get essential minerals. Here are some more interesting butterfly facts:
- Why are there no butterflies in winter? One reason is that their primary food source, flowers, are not blooming. Another is that they can't fly at temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When a butterfly is born, its straw-like mouth, called a proboscis, is in two pieces. You might see a newly hatched butterfly curling and uncurling its straw as it works the pieces into a single tube.
- Butterflies only eat liquid. This can include flower nectar, mud, and occasionally juices from a dead animal!
- Butterflies begin life as caterpillars. While inside the chrysalis, the components of the caterpillar's body liquefy and are rebuilt into the butterfly body!
- Most butterflies live only a few weeks. Some, like the monarch butterfly, live for nine months and make one of the most amazing migrations on the planet.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Butterfly
How to Draw a Great Looking Cartoon Butterfly for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin by drawing the butterfly's head. First, draw an oval to form the large compound eye. Enclose another, larger oval partially hidden by the first to form the head.
Use a curved line to enclose another partial oval on the opposite side of the head, indicating the remaining eye. Then, extend a series of short curved lines that meet at jagged points to begin sketching the butterfly's thorax or midsection.
Easy Cartoon Butterfly Drawing - Step 2
2. Continue to outline the oval-shaped thorax using a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points. From the back of the thorax, extend a long curved line and double it back upon itself to form the abdomen.
Easy Cartoon Butterfly Drawing - Step 3
3. Next, draw the butterfly's antennae. Extend two long curved lines from the head, and draw a small oval at the end of each.
Draw the first of the butterfly's legs using two narrowly spaced "L" shaped lines. Finally, band the abdomen with curved lines.
Easy Cartoon Butterfly Drawing - Step 4
4. Draw more legs, erasing as necessary. Again, use two "L" shaped lines for each leg. Connect the lines with curved lines where they meet the body. From the tip of each leg, extend a curved line and double it back upon itself to form the foot.
Easy Cartoon Butterfly Drawing - Step 5
5. Continue drawing the butterfly's legs. Use "L" shaped lines for each leg, with curved lines at the top and to form the foot.
Easy Cartoon Butterfly Drawing - Step 6
6. Draw the final leg in the same manner as the previous. Butterflies have a total of six legs. Then, begin to sketch the delicate wing. Extend a long curved line from the back of the head. Double it back upon itself at the top, and extend it outward to trace the wavy edge of the wing.
Easy Cartoon Butterfly Drawing - Step 7
7. Draw the remaining forewing. Extend a long curved line from the back of the thorax. Double it back upon itself, noting the wavy edge. Then, use another curved line to enclose the rear wing.
Add More Details to Your Cartoon Butterfly Picture - Step 8
8. Add details to the wings. Use connected "U" shaped lines.
Complete the Outline of Your Cartoon Butterfly Drawing - Step 9
9. Add even more detail to the wings. Draw large teardrop shapes near the edges.
Color Your Cartoon Butterfly Drawing
Color your butterfly. Create your own unique pattern, or look up real butterfly species and match their colors.
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