Butterflies are beautiful creatures, and the epitome of grace, beauty, and wonder – they brighten up any garden. To celebrate these wonderful insects, let’s learn how to draw our very own – let’s get started.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Use a black pen to add two small teardrop shapes to the left of your page, making the right larger than the left.
Add three more shapes to the right of this, making these slightly smaller.
Repeat this on the right with four other shapes, making these lightly larger, and pointing them towards the top of the page.
Add two more shapes to the right, with one pointing up and the other down.
Add another bunch of three to the right, and two more below.
Now, return to the first shape, and add smaller shapes to the right side.
Use a series of loops to create a long, caterpillar shape to the right of this.
Add two small circles to each segment of the caterpillar.
Now, add an oval shape to the right of this, and add a small stalk to the top.
Divide this into smaller sections with curved lines.
Add a long, thin, pointed shape to the right, between the center and final shapes, and add two lines to the top of this, creating the body and head of our butterfly.
Add two wings to the top of this…
And then add details to this right wing, with smaller shapes above.
And then add black to the edges of this.
Connect the bunches of leaves together with two wavy lines, forming a branch.
Now, number each section of the cycle – 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Use the black pen to shade the main area of the wings on the butterfly in 4, leaving the details in white.
Shade the center of this with the orange pen…
And then use a yellow pen for the edges of the wings.
Use the orange pen for the small clump of circles in Stage 1.
Use a green pen for the leaves, the caterpillar on top of the branch, and the cocoon in Stage 3.
Use a brown pen to shade the branch itself.
Use a blue pen to add arrows between the numbers.
Then, use a black fineliner to add the labels, from left to right “EGGS”, “CATERPILLAR”, “PUPA”, “BUTTERFLY”.
And there we have it – your very own butterfly life cycle – but there is still plenty to learn about these truly wonderful creatures, so why not get ready to research?