Step 10: Use the initial triangles as guides to draw the butterfly's forewings. Bend the top part of the forewing for a more organic feel. Draw a series of curves and arcs for the sides of the butterfly's wings and bend the bottom part a bit. Remember to draw each side the same for a sense of symmetry.
Step 11: Use the U-shaped lines as guides to draw the butterfly's hindwings. Draw a series of wavy lines along the edge for a more organic feel.
Step 12: Draw a series of lines inside the forewings for the veins. Start with a curved line on top of the butterfly's wing, then draw the rest of the veins below. Pause the video as you follow along to accurately draw the butterfly wing's veins. Whatever you draw on one side of the butterfly, be sure to also draw it on the other side for a symmetrical look.
Step 13: Draw a series of lines inside the butterfly's hindwings for the veins. Start with a long U-shaped vein on each side, then draw the remaining veins attached below it.
Step 14 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of them. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some value throughout your butterfly drawing for extra detail. This is the basic shape for most butterflies, so you can add different amounts of value to get the wide varieties of patterns on butterflies. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. It's always a good idea to use reference when adding value for accuracy, especially with the pattern of your butterfly's wings. Your butterfly can be a monarch, a blue morpho or one of your own design! You can draw spots, dots, stripes or anything else you want when designing your own pattern. Be creative! Don't forget to PAUSE the "How to Draw a Butterfly" video any time you need help along the way.
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