So how do you draw a butterfly that's in flight? There are a couple of tricks to it, but with this step-by-step tutorial you'll be drawing away in no time!
NOTE: This tutorial builds upon drawing butterflies that are one-dimensional. If you need additional help getting started, you may want to review the previous tutorial.
Let's get started learning how to draw butterflies in flight . . .
Place the body and head on your paper first and draw your wings out from the body.
Start with the wings on the Right, draw the wing structure on the top (D), and the one on the bottom (E).
Keep these wings simple, as you can always add detail later, after you get the perspective correct. This will be what you base the rest of your butterfly on.
Place the inside of the wings . . .
When you set out to draw a butterfly, place detail inside of the wings to even further gives the illusion of three dimensions for a more realistic look.
The inside "wavy" lines on the wings also give structure and are often seen on real butterflies.
TIP: The wings on the left are at an angle so everything on them is drawn as contracted (or scrunched). Getting this correct is KEY to creating a realistic butterfly drawing!
Place the circles (which are now to be drawn as ellipses) . . .
Because the butterfly is turned at an angle, the circles are also contracted, thus you draw them as ovals (ellipses).
It can be helpful to go back and look at the original butterfly that is viewed straight on (second image on this page) and notice the difference between the circles from then and now.
Add detail for a more interesting look . . .
Remember that everything you do on the Right side is to be drawn contracted on the Left.
When you are learning how to draw a butterfly you can sketch almost any type of interesting wing detail, and it will work out as long as in the beginning you get the perspective correct.
If you follow the basic principles outlined above, you'll be able to draw butterflies that are one of a kind, unique to you!
That's it . . . hope you enjoyed this how to draw a butterfly tutorial.
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