Thursday, 2 August 2012

Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies Biography
Butterfly Pencil Drawings
Butterfly pencil drawings are a way of recording your own observation of this magnificent little creature.
Observation is an important ingredient if we hope to be successful artists. Another aspect is to learn how to draw our own perceptions rather than mimic what others see.
First we will start with small steps and learn the basics about butterflies.
This is a drawing of a Common Sulphur Butterfly.
I think it's pretty even though it is labeled as common.
I would agree the shape is common so maybe that is why it was given that name.
I did these butterfly pencil drawings in my second year of teaching myself to draw so I can confirm it is an easy topic.
You can use drawings to communicate your ideas and your interpretation of nature.

We (as artists) make it easy for people to understand the beauty of the butterfly, not by words, but by our illustration.

Even a butterfly outline can be a pretty drawing.
When you are teaching yourself to draw, it is important to choose topics that appeal to you.
The next step is to make sure it is simple enough for the level of skills you have at the time. 
Drawing a difficult topic is a good challenge providing you have the right mindset. As beginner artists, we must protect our fragile egos by setting tasks that we know we can achieve without too much drama.
Drawing butterflies is easy and enjoyable. Let's get to it... 
Features Of The Butterfly
Here's what to look for when you do your next butterfly sketch.
I enlarged this butterfly outline so you can clearly see every feature of the butterfly that I describe below.A butterfly ranges in size from one eighth of an inch to about twelve inches.The butterfly has a tongue which is like a long tube. It is rolled up when not in use.

The butterfly uses its tongue (called a proboscis) to suck up flower nectar and water for nourishment. You can see it in the outline above, just under his eye.All butterflies have 4 wings. Two at the front and 2 smaller wings at the back.There are 3 main parts to the body:head thorax abdomen

There are 2 antennae on the head.The 6 legs grow from the thorax. It may look like there are only four legs but the 2 legs at the front are tiny.The abdomen is hidden by the hind wings. 

If you're looking for some pictures of butterflies, Karen has a great site at Glorious Butterfly. Further down that page, there are lots of links containing pictures along with an interesting story. They just might inspire you to do more butterfly drawings, it's worth a peek.

Use Your Pencil To Measure
Those little bits of information above will help you draw the butterfly with more thought to detail. 

Here I drew the Monarch Butterfly.

It doesn't have the same impact without the distinct orange coloring.

To assist me whilst doing these butterfly pencil drawings, I used my pencil to gauge the width of each wing.

So, with the tip of the lead on the body, I put my finger on the pencil to the edge of one wing. Then, I moved the pencil across to see if it was approximately the same size. This tip helps me to roughly draw to proportion.

You may notice my wings are not exactly alike and maybe that just proves I didn't trace them. I know I will improve with more practice. Time and patience is on my side, how about you?

To find any errors, you can check your butterfly outline in the mirror to see if it is lop-sided. It's better to find out when you have only done the outline and not the full sketch. 

This is a drawing of a Black Swallowtail Butterfly

The easiest butterfly sketch to do would be the side-on view but most of us like to see both wings because it looks so beautiful.Doing butterfly pencil drawings is an interesting exercise because you need to concentrate on getting the two sides to be in proportion with each other.Now is a great time for you to experiment with creating butterfly pencil drawings using this observation exercise for a bit of extra fun.All it takes is practice and to have faith that you can draw and you will succeed. I promise that drawing does get easier with time. Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies

Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
Pencil Drawings Of Butterflies
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