In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Realistic Butterfly in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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How to Draw a Realistic Butterfly - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: First you'll draw a small circle for the head and a long, thin oval shape for the body.
Step 2: Then draw in the large eyes inside the circle, the antenna on top of the head and the curling straw-like mouth under the head.
Step 3: Next you'll draw in the outline of the wings shaped like a capital “B” with ridges along the outer edge and a small outcropping on the lower wing.
Step 4: Next add in six small legs coming out from under the oval body.
Step 5: Then draw in the patterns on the right wing, making several small circles and a larger oval near the front.
Step 6: Next draw in the patterns on the upper left wing, with two larger oval shapes near the front and several smaller oval shapes toward the back edge of the wing.
Step 7: Then draw the patterns for the lower wing on the left side, making them similar to the rest of the patterns on the wings.
Step 8: Finally, you'll draw in some tiny hairs on the neck part and a few tiny details on the abdomen.
Step 9: Congratulations, your Butterfly is done! Yay!