How to Draw a Butterfly That is Playful

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The easiest way to draw a butterfly in one-dimensional form is to draw only one side first. Do not worry about the second side while drawing the first. 

After you are happy with the first side, simply transfer a mirror image of it over to the Left. This will give you two butterfly wings that look alike.

I consider this butterfly kind of "flat" and one-dimensional because it's not common to find a real butterfly with it's wings laying flat without at least one of them being at an angle. That is not to say that it's less interesting. It can be great to use in paper and fiber arts!

Let's get started . . .

  • Draw the body first, as the wings will be drawn off of it (A).

The body is in front of the wings just a tiny bit and is made up of a round head and ovals in a row.

  • Draw the top and bottom Right wings (B and C).

The bottom wing is behind the top one.

Draw two circles on the top wing and one on the bottom. 

These circles are valuable learning lessons for the next tutorial on drawing butterfly wings that are two-dimensional.

These inside wavy lines add structure to the wings and are often found on real butterflies.

  • Draw the wavy lines going around (sort of embracing) the circles (A and B).

  • Draw lines representing the outward flow of the wings (A and B).
  • Just draw one antenna for now, following the arc of the top wing (B).

Transfer the Right wings and antenna using one of two methods for transferring to get the Left side to look just like the Right (A).

Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!


~~~Samantha Mariah

Move on to the next tutorial on drawing a butterfly that is in-flight . . .


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