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How to Draw a Butterfly (10 Easy Steps)

How to Draw a Butterfly (10 Easy Steps)

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to learn how to draw a butterfly.

Learning how to draw a butterfly is easy and with this visual step-by-step you’ll be able to draw a butterfly and in less than 10 minutes.

Thanks to @ClazDesign for this step-by-step tutorial.

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The drawing supplies you need to draw a butterfly are a pencil and paper.  I recommend clicking on the following link if you want the best tools for drawing.

Step 1: Draw butterfly head

Start with a small circle as the head

how to draw a butterfly step 1 draw butterfly heaad

Step 2: Draw butterfly body

From the bottom of the circle create a shape resembling a match stick. This is going to be the body of the butterfly, but make sure to end it in a rounded point, not a square one!

how to draw a butterfly step 2 draw butterfly body

Step 3: Start adding butterfly wings

From the point where the head meets the top of the match stick, we’re going to create two long arcs outwards, like two hills.

how to draw a butterfly step 3 draw butterfly wings

Step 4: Create small arcs for the lower part of the wings

Below the two arcs, we’ll create smaller arcs, but make them much shorter than the first pair of arcs. This is going to guide the top wing shape in the next step.

how to draw a butterfly step 4 draw butterfly wings

Step 5: Complete top butterfly wings

let’s connect those arcs! Think of a bowtie when you make these connections, we want the top wings to resemble a bowtie slightly. Nothing should be a sharp point at this stage!

how to draw a butterfly step 5 complete butterfly wings

Step 6: Draw the bottom butterfly wings

Draw two half ovals below the bowtie ending at just above the matchstick’s endpoint. These are your bottom wings!

how to draw a butterfly step 6 add bottom butterfly wings

Step 7: Draw butterfly antennas

Going back up to the head, draw two arcing lines out from the top of the circle, and end them in a little squared offline (very small!) these are our antennae!

how to draw a butterfly step 7 add butterfly antennas

Step 8: Start adding butterfly wing patterns

We’re going to map out some markings now. Look at your bowtie and find the upper corner. We want where we outline the markings to be wider here and thinner at the bottom edge. Make an arc from the bottom of the bowtie shape to the top, but bring the end of your arc in towards the head. On the bottom wings make your arcs so the back of the wings has a crescent moon kind of shape!

how to draw a butterfly step 8 draw butterfly wings

Step 9: Fill in butterfly wing patterns

Fill in those shapes and add a bit of thickness to the bottom of the bowtie where the two sets of wings meet. Then fill in your head and top of your matchstick. For the bottom of the matchstick add some sectioned lines and cross-hatch for a bit of shading.

how to draw a butterfly step 9 fill in butterfly patterns

Step 10: Finish by adding minor details to the butterfly

Finally, add two little dots on either side of the top circle for the eyes, and from here you can color your butterfly wings any color you want and even add more patterns to it! Get as detailed as you like and make your butterfly totally unique!

how to draw a butterfly step 10 finish drawing butterfly

Other Topics to Help You Draw:

I’d like to thank Carolyn for sharing her process. Be sure to check out her social @ClazDesign if you enjoyed her illustrations. She also has some amazing prints and illustrations available in her shop.

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Step-by-step instructions on how to draw a butterfly.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Instructions

    1. Step 1: Draw butterfly head. Start with a small circle as the head how to draw a butterfly step 1 draw butterfly heaad
    2. Step 2: Draw butterfly body. From the bottom of the circle create a shape resembling a match stick. This is going to be the body of the butterfly, but make sure to end it in a rounded point, not a square one! how to draw a butterfly step 2 draw butterfly body
    3. Step 3: Start adding butterfly wings. From the point where the head meets the top of the match stick, we're going to create two long arcs outwards, like two hills. how to draw a butterfly step 3 draw butterfly wings
    4. Step 4: Create small arcs for the lower part of the wings. Below the two arcs, we'll create smaller arcs, but make them much shorter than the first pair of arcs. This is going to guide the top wing shape in the next step.how to draw a butterfly step 4 draw butterfly wings
    5. Step 5: Complete top butterfly wings. Let's connect those arcs! Think of a bowtie when you make these connections, we want the top wings to resemble a bowtie slightly. Nothing should be a sharp point at this stage!how to draw a butterfly step 5 complete butterfly wings
    6. Step 6: Draw the bottom butterfly wings. Draw two half ovals below the bowtie ending at just above the matchstick's endpoint. These are your bottom wings! how to draw a butterfly step 6 add bottom butterfly wings
    7. Step 7: Draw butterfly antennas. Going back up to the head, draw two arcing lines out from the top of the circle, and end them in a little squared offline (very small!) these are our antennae! how to draw a butterfly step 7 add butterfly antennas
    8. Step 8: Start adding butterfly wing patterns. We're going to map out some markings now. Look at your bowtie and find the upper corner. We want where we outline the markings to be wider here and thinner at the bottom edge. Make an arc from the bottom of the bowtie shape to the top, but bring the end of your arc in towards the head. On the bottom wings make your arcs so the back of the wings has a crescent moon kind of shape!how to draw a butterfly step 8 draw butterfly wings
    9. Step 9: Fill in butterfly wing patterns. Fill in those shapes and add a bit of thickness to the bottom of the bowtie where the two sets of wings meet. Then fill in your head and top of your matchstick. For the bottom of the matchstick add some sectioned lines and cross-hatch for a bit of shading. how to draw a butterfly step 9 fill in butterfly patterns
    10. Step 10: Finish by adding minor details to the butterfly. Finally, add two little dots on either side of the top circle for the eyes, and from here you can color your butterfly wings any color you want and even add more patterns to it! Get as detailed as you like and make your butterfly totally unique! how to draw a butterfly step 10 finish drawing butterfly

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