The butterfly effect.
With bright colours, delicate wings and whimsical movements, butterflies capture the imagination. In both detailed naturalist drawings and bright and bold Lisa Frank stickers, butterflies are everywhere. “But typically, simple ‘clip art’ butterflies are not what butterflies actually look like. That’s what they look like when pinned to a board,” explains illustrator Kevin Jay Stanton.
There’s more to the recognisable butterfly shape than two big wings. They can be a challenge to draw, but with reference photos and the right tools, you can transform simple curved lines into dynamic butterfly wings.