In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Painted Lady Butterfly step-by-step.
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To draw this Painted Lady Butterfly step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
Below you can watch a Narrated step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing an oval as a guide for the top part of the painted lady butterfly's body also called the thorax. To draw the oval, first make four marks to determine its height and width and then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. Under the oval draw a thin, curved shape for the lower section of the body called the abdomen. This section should be similar to a long letter U.
Step 2: On the top part of the thorax, on either side, draw a long, curved horizontal line as guides for the top part of the butterfly's forewings. Pay attention to the lengths of the lines in relation to the body.
Step 3: Under each long line, draw an angled line as guides for the bottom edges of the butterfly's forewings. The bottom tip of each angled line should be directly below the middle of the top curved line. Each of these lines should be similar to a giant letter V. Draw these lines so that each side is similar to each other but it's okay if they're not perfectly symmetrical.
Step 4: Under each forewing, draw a curved line as guides for the bottom edges of the painted lady butterfly's hindwings. The inner edges of these lines should be vertical and they should end at the abdomen.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.
Step 5: On top of the first oval, draw a short, curved line for the top part of the butterfly's head. On either side of this line, draw a shorter line for the eyes. Inside the oval draw the back of the head using short strokes to create a furry texture. On top of the head, draw two angled lines for the feelers called palps. Behind the eyes, draw two long diagonal lines for the antennae.