In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly step-by-step.
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To draw this Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a small oval in the middle of the paper as a guide for the tiger swallowtail butterfly's body or thorax. To draw the oval, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines.
Step 2: Below the thorax, draw a longer oval as a guide for the lower part of the butterfly's body or abdomen. This shape should be about one and a half times the height of the thorax, and it should be thin.
Step 3: Starting on the top, left side of the body, draw a long, curved, horizontal line as a guide for the top of the wing. Pay attention to the length of this line in relation to the butterfly's body. To the right, draw another line for the other wing. Make both lines the same length and curvature for a symmetrical look.
Step 4: Below the curved line on the left, draw a long, angled line as a guide for the bottom of the butterfly's forewing. The line should be similar to a wide letter V. The line should connect to the middle of the thorax oval. On the right, draw a similar angled line for the bottom edge of the other forewing. Both sides don't have to be exactly the same, but try to keep the lines symmetrical.
Step 5: Under the abdomen, draw two long, vertical, parallel lines as guides for the first part of the butterfly's hindwings. On either side, draw a long, curved line to finish the guide for the hindwings. The sides of the swallowtail's hindwings should end below the section where the forewings bend.