How to Draw a Butterfly: Easy Step-by-Step Butterfly Drawing [With Video]

Last Updated on September 18, 2021 by April

How to Draw a Butterfly: Easy Step-by-Step Butterfly Drawing [With Video]

Want to learn how to create a simple butterfly drawing? Butterflies are super cute, so I totally understand why. They are colorful, delicate, and little. If learning how to draw a butterfly is the reason you are here, read on.

This step-by-step easy butterfly drawing tutorial will show you how to draw a butterfly in no time. Whether you are learning to draw so you can add doodles to your bullet journal or you are teaching your kid to draw, you’ve come to the right place. This butterfly drawing lesson is made simple so anyone can follow along.

Before we start the butterfly drawing tutorial, you will want to check if you have the required materials. Basic drawing tools like drawing pencils, erasers and a sketching pad are all you need to get started. So if you have those things already, please do not feel as if you need to go to the store.

You are all set unless you would like to color in your butterfly sketch at the end. If that is the case, I recommend picking up these quality and budget-friendly colored pencils.

Drawing a Simple Butterfly

I am super stoked to share this butterfly tutorial with you! There are many creative ways to color in your butterfly, so feel free to make changes to the final appearance. I say go wild with it.

To follow along with this butterfly drawing tutorial, you should use the blue lines as your reference. The blue lines in each step indicate what part of the butterfly you should be drawing. For example, you will see that the body of your butterfly is blue in the second step. This means that you should be drawing the body once you get to that particular step.

Prefer a video of the drawing tutorial? Scroll to the end of this post for an easy butterfly drawing video tutorial.

How to Draw a Butterfly Step-by-Step Tutorial

Now, we can start our butterfly drawings! Follow the steps below to create your own cute butterfly cartoon drawing. Enjoy!

Step 1: Draw the Face of Your Butterfly

Draw a small circle to make the head of your butterfly.

Step 2: Draw the Body of Your Butterfly

Create the body of your butterfly by drawing a long oblong type shape, like the one shown above. This shape should be connected to the circular head you just drew.

Step 3: Draw the Body Details of Your Butterfly

Draw in the details of your butterfly’s body by creating four horizontal lines. The lines should have a slight curve with the ends pointed upwards.

Step 4: Draw Some Antennas

Draw some cute antennas for your butterfly by adding two curly lines on each side of the head.

Step 5: Draw Your Butterfly’s Top Wings

Time for some gorgeous wings! There will be two sets of wings. Two wings will be the top wings and then, later, you will draw a pair of bottom wings as well. So make sure to leave some extra space at the bottom of your butterfly’s body.

Step 6: Draw Your Butterfly’s Bottom Wings

Now that those top wings are in, we can draw the bottom wings I was talking about. These will connect to the body of your butterfly as well as the top wings.

Step 7: Draw the Details of Your Butterfly Wings

Now, we will get into the details of your butterfly wings. Draw a pair of curvy lines, like the ones shown above.

Step 8: Draw Three Circles On Each Top Wing

The next detail of your butterfly wings will be some circles. Draw in three circles arranged vertically on both top wings of your butterfly.

Step 9: Draw Two Circles On Each Bottom Wing

How to Draw a Butterfly: Easy Step-by-Step Butterfly Drawing [With Video]

For the bottom wings, draw two pairs of circles on each.

Step 10: Finished!

You are finished. Congrats! 🙂 If you would like to color in your butterfly, you can do so now. Not sure what colors to choose? No worries. Proceed to step 11 to see an example of a finished colored butterfly drawing.

Step 11: Color in Your Butterfly (Optional)

How to Draw a Butterfly: Easy Step-by-Step Butterfly Drawing [With Video]

There it is, you’re colored butterfly.

Video: How to Draw a Butterfly

Want to see some more drawing tutorials? Check out this adorable pig drawing guide. It’s super easy and fun!

Learn How to Draw Cute Animals

Did you have a blast creating this cartoon butterfly? If so, you are likely thinking of what else you should draw. To get more tutorials, I recommend ‘How to Draw 101 Animals‘ by Dan Green.

This book will show you how to draw 101 animals step-by-step. It is easy enough to follow for both children and adults.

If you enjoyed this butterfly drawing tutorial, be sure to let me know in the comments what else you’d like a tutorial for. ?

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  1. Wow, this tutorial on how to draw a butterfly is absolutely fantastic! The step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow, making it perfect for beginners like myself. The illustrations are stunning and make the whole process even more enjoyable. I never thought I could create something so beautiful until I stumbled upon this guide. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful resource! Keep up the amazing work!

    Best regards,
    Martin Williamson


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