Get in a butterfly frame of mind.
Before you jump in and draw a butterfly, you have to understand what they look like. “Analyzing your reference photo is going to be your number one job with any kind of naturalist illustration,” explains illustrator and comic artist Jonathan Case. “Any time you’re drawing an animal that you’re not familiar with, you really need to understand the geometry of that creature.”
But not all butterflies look the same. Whether you sketch the simple Cabbage White butterfly, the whimsical Great Windmill butterfly, or the iconic Monarch butterfly, every species has its own markings, colors, and shapes to consider. Take time to do some research before you sketch. Explore different species and images of that species to use as reference photos.
Draw butterflies with this simple tutorial.