How to Draw a Monarch Butterfly Side Wings 20

Step 20: Use the first set of legs as templates to draw the legs on the other side the same way. The monarch butterfly, along with other species of butterflies, has a pair of tiny vestigial front legs, but they're not really visible.



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Step 21: Carefully go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Don't smudge ink on your drawing with your hand. Place a piece of paper between your hand and your drawing to avoid this. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing.


How to Draw a Monarch Butterfly Side Wings

Final Step: Color your monarch butterfly drawing! Use black to draw small circles on the outer edge of the wings. The circles on the right side should be somewhat arranged into two columns. The circles near the top edge of each wing should be slightly bigger. Add some circles to the butterfly's head and thorax too.

Now color the edges of the monarch butterfly's wings, the head and the thorax black , except for the small spots. Not coloring the inside of the small circles and veins can be tricky, so color carefully. Push down on your pencil to get a rich black color but don't over do it or you may tear your paper. Push down on your pencil to get a rich black color but don't overdo it or you may tear your paper. Add black to the veins as well and make the lines a bit thicker.

Start to lightly add some orange to the inside of the monarch butterfly's wings. Add different shades of orange and yellow right on top of each other, mixing them as you color. Add the colors lightly at first and slowly build up to the mixture that you like. Use orange, yellow- orange, yellow, red- orange and other similar shades together to get a good blend. Be careful not to smudge some of the black into wings. It will dull the color. The butterfly's forewing should be a little more orange, and the hindwing should be a bit more yellow. Coloring can be time- consuming, so be patient and take breaks.

Use gray with a bit of blue under the butterfly to create a shadow. It's always a good idea to use reference as you draw. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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