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Uploaded: October 23, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: March 22, 2011
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Insects come in many different sizes, shapes, colors, and varieties. When I say that, I mean it literally. There is butterflies that come in sizes from a very tiny eighth of an inch, to a very large twelve inch butterfly. The most common colors that butterflies come in is red, green and yellow. Of course there is other colors associated with butterflies like purple, blue, black, brown, and even white. Did you now that when in flight, every butterfly flies at a top speed of twelve miles per hour? Yup, that is true. It’s also true that some species of moths can fly twenty five miles per hour. Now, if a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and caterpillars only live in their current stage for a short period of time, how long is a butterfly’s lifespan? Well the answer to that question is complicated because a butterfly’s lifespan depends on a number of factors like; the size of the butterfly, where they live, the species, at what part of the year a butterfly matures, and many other factors. A very cool thing about butterflies is that they can not fly the skies if their body temperature is lower than eighty six degrees. Drawing butterflies is always fun because you can be really creative and use any shade you like when coloring in your butterflies. I hope you guys like this tutorial that will show you “how to draw butterflies”, step by step . I chose a pretty purple to color in my butterfly with, but you can go wild and use a variety of shades. I will be back with one more submission so stay tuned in for more drawing fun coming your way. Adios amigos!

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How to Draw Butterflies

how to draw butterflies step 1

STEP 1.

To start drawing the butterflies you will just draw one and then just repeat what you've learned to draw multiple. Start with a small circle for the head and then add the facial guideline. Next draw a vertical line for the body of the butterfly and then draw out the wing shapes.
 
how to draw butterflies step 2

STEP 2.

You will now draw the curly looking antennas and then sketch out the shape of the butterfly's head in more detail. Next start sketching out the body of this insect.
 
how to draw butterflies step 3

STEP 3.

Draw the entire shape of the body and then draw the circle for the eye as well as several vertical lines on the body as you see here. When that is done sketch out the shape and style of your butterfly wings and then add some pretty design markings as you see here. You can use the ones I have created, or you can create your own wing designs.
 
how to draw butterflies step 4

STEP 4.

You have made it to your last drawing step. All you need to do now is sketch in the rest of the wing design and then erase the visible guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one. When you are done you can move to the next step to see how this butterfly came out looking.
 
how to draw butterflies step 5

STEP 5.

You have just finished this tutorial on "how to draw butterflies step by step". Color it in and your all set. Great job guys, I look forward to drawing with you again real soon.