In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Damselfly step-by-step.
Stay tuned for more free drawing lessons by:
Liking us on Facebook>>
Subscribing on YouTube.com>>
Following us on Instagram>>
All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
To draw this Damselfly 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.
Below you can watch a Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing two circles as guides for the damselfly's head and front part of the body (thorax). The circle on the left side will be the head. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rims of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the sizes and spacing of the circles.
Step 2: Draw two short lines that connect the circles to extend the shape of the damselfly's thorax. On the right side, draw a curved line to complete the long shape of the thorax. The curved line on the right should be similar to an arc on its side. Pay attention to the size of the arc in relation to the circles.
Step 3: On the right side of the thorax, draw three long lines as guides for the damselfly's wings and abdomen. The two lines at the top are for the wings and they should be shorter than the bottom line for the abdomen. Overall all three lines should be very long in relation to the thorax. The lines for the wings should also have a more diagonal orientation.
Step 4: Under the thorax, draw three angled lines as guides for the legs. Bend the lines to indicate the joints. Pay attention to how long these lines are in relation to the thorax. The line on the left for the hind leg should be the longest of these three lines.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a Damselfly.
Step 5: To the right of the head circle, draw another circle as a guide for the damselfly's eye. This eye should be almost as big as the head. The right edge should be outside of the shape of the head. On the left side, draw a half-circle for the other eye.
Step 6: Darken the initial circle to complete the damselfly's head. On the head, draw two short horizontal lines for the antennae. Under the head, draw a couple of curved lines for the mouth parts.
Step 7: Use the top-most diagonal line as a guide to draw the damselfly's forewing. Darken the guide and add a curved line at the bottom to make the shape thicker. The shape of the wing should be wide like an oval. On the left side, the wing should be thin.