How to Draw a Happy Butterfly

Butterflies are a crucial part of maintaining environments and ecosystems and are a welcome sight in summer meadows and on long spring walks. In just a few short steps, we will learn to create our very own happy butterfly drawing – read on to get started!


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Start with an orange pen and use a drawing compass to draw a large circle in the center of your page.


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Grab the orange pen and add a large “teardrop” shape to the bottom of the circle, with the point facing the bottom of the page.


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Add another “teardrop” shape just inside the first.


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Now, use the orange pen to fill in the outside of the shape.


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Next, use a pink pen to add two large wing shapes to the drawing, one on either side of the body.


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Use a yellow pen and a drawing compass to create two small circles in each wing, one above the other.


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Use the yellow pen to fill in the circles.


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Now, use a blue pen to add two more wings beneath the top ones, ensuring that the bottom of these is a little more rounded than those at the top.


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Use the yellow pen and drawing compass to add a circle to each of the bottom wings.


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Fill in these circles with the yellow pen…


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And return to the orange pen to add two curved, spiraling lines emerging from the top of the head.


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Use a black pen to add two small dots to the center of the face, leaving tiny white dots in the center.


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Grab a pink pen and add two small circles to the cheeks of the butterfly.


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Use a brown pen, and add a series of curved, horizontal lines moving up from the bottom of the body, to around halfway up.


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Use a pink pen to connect the yellow dots in the top wind, creating a frame.


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Now, fill in the outside frame with the pink pen…


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And use the same shade to fill in the remainder of the top wings.


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With a blue pen, add an outline to the bottom wings.


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Then, grab a cyan pen or light blue pen, and fill in the remainder of the bottom wings.


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Finally, use a yellow pen to fill in the body and the head of the butterfly.


Voila! You are now the proud creator of a butterfly in a very good mood – why not expand the collection by experimenting with different colors, patterns and shades?

There is no way to deny it; the seemingly humble butterfly forms the central part of any ecosystem and is integral to our environment and overall life on earth.

The history of these fascinating insects dates back for thousands of years, with representations being found in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, dating back over 3500 years.

There are now around 24,000 species of butterflies across the globe, and they undergo incredible migration patterns taking them all the way across the planet; monarch butterflies, for example, will travel from the Great Lakes right across a 2,000-mile distance to the Gulf of Mexico, only to repeat the journey in reverse the following spring. In fact, the continent of Antarctica is the only continent where no butterflies have ever been found.

These insects are also highly diverse in shape and size; they can range in size from a tiny 1/8th of an inch; to an impressive 12 inches in length, depending on the exact type.

Even the smallest examples can reach impressive speeds, with some moths topping rates of 25 miles per hour – they cannot fly, however, if their body temperature falls below 86 degrees. In addition, the females of some species cannot fly at all – they lack wings and can only crawl.

With so many types of butterflies on the planet, this is ever-growing and advancing field, and there is plenty to learn about these fascinating creatures.

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