Drawing Butterflies - The Definitive Guide for Procreate Beginners

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How to draw butterflies with Procreate for beginners

This is a complete guide on how to draw a butterfly.

Butterflies are such beautiful creatures with intricate and interesting wings. 

You might think they will be hard to draw, but you’ll find out in this tutorial just how easy it can be to draw a realistic butterfly, even if you’re a beginner.

In this tutorial, we’ll go through:

Let’s begin!

Tools needed for this tutorial

For this tutorial you’ll need:

  • iPad Pro
  • Apple Pencil
  • Procreate

You could follow this article without having an iPad or Procreate, however, procreate will make the process a bit faster.

Without further-a-do, let’s get to drawing!

How to Draw Butterflies: The Basics

How to draw butterflies in procreate

How to Draw the Body of a butterfly (Base)

Step 1. Draw a vertical line

Start by opening a new canvas and on it, draw a vertical line to determine the center of your butterfly.

start by drawing a line

Step 2. Let’s get some assistance

In this tutorial, we’ll be using an amazing tool in Procreate a lot.

The Drawing guides.

To find them, go to the small wrench on the top left of your screen.

Go to canvas and turn on “Drawing Guide”.

After that, go to “Edit Drawing Guide”.

turn on the drawing assist

In this menu, you’ll find different types of drawing guides.

For this tutorial, we’ll use Symmetry.

turn on the symmetry tool

Place the line on top of the vertical line you drew at the beginning.

Press “done” and that’s it.

Now everything you draw on one side will appear as well on the other side!

Just a small little trick to save you time!

Step 3. Draw the head

Start to draw a small circle on the top of the line you drew at the beginning for the head of the butterfly.

draw a small circle for the head of the butterfly

Step 4. Divide the body

Use the size of the small circle to divide the line using 5 small lines.


Two of these sections will determine the length of the thorax.

divide the body

And the remaining 3 will be the abdomen.

draw the parts of the body of the butterfly

Draw two small curved lines to join the thorax to the abdomen

finish the body of the butterfly

Step 5. It’s a hairy thorax

The thorax is furry for almost all butterflies.

Using small lines, make the thorax hairy.

add hairs to the thorax of the butterfly

Step 6. How’s your head?

I haven’t got any complaints.

Sorry about that.

Draw a smaller circle inside the circle you drew for the head.

finish the head of the butterfly

Using oval shapes, draw the eyes.

draw the eyes of the butterfly

Draw two small mountains in between the eyes.

draw the palpi

This will be your butterfly’s palpi, sort of a butterfly sensory mustache that helps it know if something is food or not.

On the outside of the palpi, draw the antennae.

add the antennae

Step 7. Are those butterfly abs?

Go to the abdomen of your butterfly.

Using the first of the three divisions, make a line to mark out the first division of the abdomen.

divide the abdomen

Cut the second section in half.

keep dividing the abdomen of the butterfly

Use those marks to create two more sections.

two more sections of the abdomen

Divide the last section into 3 parts.

finish the abdomen of the butterfly

Step 8. Clean it up

Make a new layer and place it on top of what you just drew.

Click the layer again to open the menu.

Press “drawing assist” to have the symmetry tool activated on this new layer.

clean up the sketch

Use the guides you created, clean up your butterfly body illustration.

tidy up the sketch of the butterfly

How to draw butterfly wings (base)

Step 1. Where do the wings go?

Make a new layer.

Use the size of the head to make a mark in the thorax, divide that section in half.

how to draw the wings of a butterfly

Find the center between that point and the end of the thorax.

Find the center between that point and the end of the thorax

This is the point where the butterfly wings will start.

Step 2. Top wing guidelines

Don’t worry about following this step on both sides, later on, we’ll turn on the symmetry tool again, for now, let’s do the guidelines for the wings.

Use the size of the body of the butterfly without the antennae to create a horizontal line from the point you created in step 1.

create a horizontal line

Using the same measurement as before, draw a diagonal line from the same point.

draw a diagonal line from the same point

Draw a curved line to join these two lines you just created.

Draw a curved line

Follow that curved line to create the sides of the top wing.

curved line to create the sides of the top wing

For the final part, let’s create the tip of the top wing.

Draw a small “shark fin” shape at the end to create the tip of the wing.

create the tip of the top wing

Step 3. Bottom wing guidelines

From the same initial point and with the same measurement as before, draw two diagonal lines to start with the bottom wing.

guidelines for the bottom wing

Join these two lines with a curved line.

add a curved line to close the bottom ing

Continue this curved line on both sides to create the bottom wing base.

draw two curved lines for the bottom wing

Step 4. Draw both wings

Ok, now that you’ve done the guidelines for the top and bottom wing, it’s time to draw them for real.

To do this, make a new layer and place it on top of the guidelines.

Click on the new layer to open the layer menu.

Just as we did before, press “drawing assist” to turn on the symmetry tool.

turn on the drawing assist

Once you’ve done that, start tracing the guidelines to create the base of the wings of your butterfly. 

trace the guidelines for both sets of wings

Remember that from the top view, the top wing is always on top of the bottom wing.

Step 5. Basic wing veining - Guidelines

Every species of butterfly had different veinings on its wings.

Right now, we’ll work on a basic set of veins but later in the tutorial, we’ll get to specific butterfly species and the veins on their wings.

Step 6. Top wing basic veining

To start divide the outer side of the upper wing into 6 sections.

Each section should be a bit bigger than the past one as they go down.

Once you’ve done this, draw lines from the marks to the point where the wing comes out.

start to draw the veins of the butterfly wings

Divide the top section into 4 parts and make 4 curved lines.

add 4 sections to the top wing

After this, divide the bottom section in half.

divide the bottom ection in half

Now, let’s mark a point on 5 of those lines like this.

Join the dots and erase the extra lines.

draw the inner cell of the butterfly upper wing

To finish the top wing, add some folds in between the first marks you made.


Step 7. Bottom wing veining base

Now for the bottom wing.

Make 7 marks on the bottom wing.

start to draw the veins of the bottom wing

Now, count 3 of those points, and make a mark on the 4th line of the bottom wing.

draw the cell of the wing

Make marks on the 2 lines surrounding each side of the line you made the first mark on.

After you make the 5 markings, join the dots using curved lines.

To finish the bottom wing, draw some folds in between the first lines you drew.

add folds to the ottom wing

Step 8. Trace the guidelines!

Make a new layer and place it on top of everything you just made.

Click the layer to open the layer menu and turn on “drawing assist”

turn on drawing assist

Start tracing the veining so both sets of wings have them.

draw both wings

And there you go! The basic body and wings of your butterfly.

You could get creative with this and add any color or marks you want but if you want to learn to draw real butterflies, let’s continue our journey.

Different wing shapes and veins

In this weird, wild world of ours, there are so many different butterflies.

Each with its specific wing shape.

every butterfly has different wing shapes

Each species of butterfly has its own distinct set of veins and markings.

every butterfly species has different markings

And some of them are pretty insane if you ask me.

Let’s get to some specific butterfly species!

How to draw a Monarch Butterfly 

how to draw a monarch butterfly

For these tutorials, we’ll use the basic butterfly we drew before.

If you weren’t following along and are all about the specific butterflies, here’s a ready-to-use procreate file of the basic butterfly for you.

Step 1. Fix those wings

Make a new layer and add some small curves at the ends of the wings to create the shape of the monarch’s butterfly wings.

how to draw the wings of a monarch butterfly

Step 2. Monarch markings - top wing

Start by making an arched and curvy line.

start to draw the marks on the top wing

Add an extra line at the bottom of the top wing.

draw the shape of the bottom wing

Next, make 4 big shapes on the top of the top wing and 4 smaller shapes more toward the inside of the top wing.

marks on the top wing

Add some extra spots toward the bottom of the top wing.

add spots to the monarch wing

Make smaller dots and marks toward the outer edge of the upper wing.

finish the marks of the top wing

Now add some marks on the edge of the wing.

To finish the marks on the upper wing, make the veins darker.

draw the veins of the tp wing

Step 3. Monarch markings - bottom wing

Let’s move on to the bottom wing.

Make sort of a wiggly reverse “c” shape.

marks in the bottom wing

Draw small dots on each of the divisions.

spots of the bottom wing

Add some extra marks toward the inner side of the wing.

marks toward the inner side of the wing

Now, make some marks on the edge of the wing.

Now, make some marks on the edge of the wing

Darken the veins.

turn on the drawing assist

And there you go, those are the guidelines for the monarch butterfly markings.

Step 4. Make it double

Make a new layer and place it on top.

Click on the layer to open the layer menu and press “Drawing Assist” to turn on the symmetry tool.

Freebie alert: here’s a link to the color palette I used for the Monarch Butterfly

Using the darkest color, fill in the guidelines you made for the marks on the top wing.

start to add color to the wings of the buttefly

When you’re filling this part, try to carefully color around the veins instead of just coloring everything in one go.

Once that’s done, continue to darken the remaining veins of the top wing.

continue to add color to the top wings of the butterfly

Now, make the edges of the marks a bit “dirty”.

smudge the edges of the wings

Using the same color, fill in the marks of the bottom wing.

color the bottom of the wings

Darken the veins of the bottom wing.

darken the veins of the wings to the butterfly wings

Add some light shadows and mess up the edges of the marks a bit to make your illustration look more realistic.

smudge the color of the wings of the butterfly

Step 5. Marks on the body

Let’s continue by making the markings on the body of your butterfly.

body marks of the butterfly

Now make the head dark.

color the head

Continue by making the thorax dark as well, remember that the thorax is furry.

color the thorax of the butterly drawing

To finish this step, add some shadows to the abdomen.

add shadows to the abdomen of the butterfly

Step 6. Bring in the color to the wings!

Make a new layer and place it underneath the layers you were just working on.

Using a dark orange, start to fill in the darker areas of the butterfly wings.

start to add an orange color to the butterfly wings

Fill in the rest of the wings with a lighter version of that orange.

Fill in the rest of the wings with a light orange.

Using a lighter, more yellowish-orange, add some shine to the wings.

add a bit of yellow to the wings

If your drawing will be on a background that’s not white, make a new layer and place it underneath everything and fill in the spots on the tips of the wings with white.

Step 7. Color the body

On the layer where you were coloring the wings, start to add some orange to the body.

color the body

Darken the head and thorax a bit

add orange to the abdomen

Step 8. Finishing touches

You can continue to add some light orange tones where there are light and darker tones for the shadows until you are happy with your illustration.

finish your butterfly illustration

And you just drew a monarch butterfly!

that's how to draw a monarch butterfly

How to draw a Morpho Menelaus Butterfly


how to draw a blue butterfly

This is a large and in charge, blue, shiny, magical one.

Let’s begin.

Step 1. Make the body smaller

Starting from the base butterfly.

draw a butterfly

The wings of this butterfly are bigger in comparison to its body than the monarch butterfly.

So, select the body and make it smaller.

make the body smaller

Step 2. Change the wing shape

Not much changes when it comes to the wing shape in comparison to the base.

change the shape of the wings

The top wing is a bit straighter and the bottom one has a bigger inner curve.


Step 3. Morpho Menelaus veins

Using the base butterfly, let’s work on the veins of this butterfly species.

This is how the top wing will be.

draw the veins of the top wing

And this will be the bottom wing veins.

draw the veins to the bottom wing

Using the symmetry tool trace the guidelines you created before.

use the symmetry tool

Step 4. Wing markings

Start by making an initial mark on the top of the top wing.

draw the top wing marks

Add 5 marks on top of the line you just created.

add marks to the top wing

For the bottom wing make another wiggly line that's thicker on the lower side.

add marks to the bottom wing

Using the symmetry tool, trace these markings on a new layer to make the markings for both sets of wings.

finish your butterfly sketch
Free color palette alert: Here’s the color palette I used for the Morpho Menelaus Butterfly.


Step 5. Color them wings

Make a new layer and place it underneath everything you just drew.

Using a dark brownish color, fill in the mark on the top wings.

While you’re doing this, remember to carefully color around the veins to make your butterfly look more tridimensional.

Using a lighter version of that color, start to fill in the top of the marking on the bottom wing.

start to add color to the bottom wing

Go back to the darker color and continue to fill in the marks on the bottom wings.

keep adding color to the bottom wings of the butterfly

Using the lighter color finish filling in the marks on the bottom wing.

add more color to the bottom color

Using these colors, mess up the edges of the marks a bit to make them look more realistic.

add extra details to the wings

Using a dark blue, add a bit of shadow on the inner sides of the wings and at the edges of the markings.

start to add blue to the wings

Make a new layer and place it underneath the one you were working on.

Using a medium tone blue, fill in the wings.

add blue to the wings of the butterfly

Step 6. Category is: Iridescence 

This is one shiny butterfly, let’s determine where the light will be hitting its wings.

where does the light of the butterfly comes rom

Don’t use the symmetry tool for this part since each wing will shine differently.

Now that you’ve determined the light source, start to slowly lighten the wings accordingly.

add light blue to the wings

Continue by using a lighter version of this blue that feels a bit more “greenish”

add a lighter blue to the wings

Use this color to create the highlights of each wing.

keep adding a light blue color to the wings

Continue to add these colors to the highlights keeping in mind where your light source is.

Bring on an even lighter blue color and add more light to this shiny beast.

add a lighter blue to the butterfly wings

Now that the lights are in place, use a darker blue color to the areas in the shadows.

add a darker blue color to the wings of the butterfly

Step 7. Color the body.

Using the brownish colors you used on the markings, color the body.

Step 8. Final details

Continue to add light and dark versions of blue on the wings until you’re happy with your butterfly.

add finishing details to your illustration

And there you have it, you drew a large and in charge, iridescent, blue butterfly!

how to draw a morpho menelaus butterfly

How to draw a Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Let’s move to a more “angular” butterfly.

how to draw a zebra swallowtail butterfly

Step 1. Fix the body shape

The Zebra Swallowtail is a bit less round than the previous butterflies we’ve made.

Let’s begin from the base and change the body a bit to make it more angular.

start with the basic shape of a butterfly

This butterfly is fluffy all over its body, not only the thorax.

change the shape of the body

Step 2. The wing shape

The top wing of the Zebra Swallowtail is more triangular.

change the top wing shapes

The bottom wing is very different than the ones we’ve drawn so far.

change the bottom wing shape

Make a new layer and turn on the symmetry tool.

turn on drawing assist

On this new layer, trace the wing shape we just did.

draw the wings

Step 3. Wing veins

The veins of this butterfly don’t change much from the base butterfly drawing.

Here are the main differences for the top wing.

add the veins of the top wing

And here are the main differences for the bottom wing.

draw the bottom wing veins

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool tuned on and draw the veins of your butterfly.

use the symmetry tool

Step 4. The wild marks

Let’s begin by sketching out the marks of the top wing.

add the markings of the wing

Now the bottom wing.

add the markings of the bottom wing

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool on and draw the markings for both sets of wings.

turn on drawing assist
Quick side note: Here’s the color palette I used for the Zebra Swallowtail 

Step 5. Bring in the color

Using the darkest color in that color palette, fill in the marks on the top wing.

start to add color to the wings o the buttterfly

Remember to carefully color around the veins.

With a lighter version of that color, start to fill in the marks on the bottom wings.

add color to the bottom wing

Go back to the darker color and fill in the rest.

keep adding color to the bottom wing

Now make a new layer, using the symmetry tool still, and place it underneath everything you just made.

Use a light cream color to fill in the wings.

add a cream color to the wings

Pick a red color and fill in the two of the marks on the bottom wing on both sides.

color two red spots on the wings

You can use a darker version of that red to add a bit of dimension to the marks.

red shadows to the red marks

With a light blue, fill in the other marks on the bottom wing.

add a bit of blue

Use a darker version of that color to add some shadow to those marks.

blue shadow to the blue markings

Let’s add some shine to the wings.

Choose the lightest color and add some light to the cream section of the wing.

add light to the wings

Use this color to add some details on the bottom wing.

finishing details on the wings

Step 6. Color the body

Use the darker color to fill the center section of the body and the light cream to fill the edges of the body.

color the body of the butterfly

And there you have it! 

A Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.

that is how to draw a zebra swallowtail butterfly

How to draw Emerald Swallowtail Butterlies

Even though the Zebra and the Emerald belong to the swallowtail family, they’re a bit different.

how to draw an emerald wallowtail butterfly

You can see that if we use the Zebra Swallowtail body to begin this illustration there are some mild changes.

begins with the swallowtail shape

Let’s begin.

Step 1. Fix the body

The body of the Emerald Swallowtail is less “angular” than the Zebra Swallowtail.

fix the body of the butterfly

Step 2. The wing shape

There are not so many changes in this department, the only thing is that the bottom wing has more of a tear shape on the part that stands out.

fix the shape of the bottom wings

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool turned on and draw both wings using those guides.

use the drawing assist tool to draw the wings

Step 3. The markings

This butterfly is more about the colors than the markings.

Let’s begin with the mark on the top wing.

Make two wiggly lines to create the mark on the top wing.

markings on the butterfly wings

These are the markings on the bottom wing.

add the markings to the bottom wing

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool turned on.

Draw the markings on both sides.

use the symmetry tool to finish up the wings

Let’s move to color.

This is the color palette I used for the Emerald Swallowtail

Step 4. Fill in the marks

Using a brownish color, start to fill in the top wings.

start to adding color to the top wngs

Remember to carefully color around the veins to make your butterfly more realistic.

Do the same for the bottom wings.

color the bottom wings

Step 5. Hulk it up!

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool on and place it underneath the layer you were just working on.

Using a medium tone green, fill in the top wing.

add green to the wings

Do the same for the bottom wing.

add green to the bottom wings

Using an orange color, fill the small mark on the bottom wing.

add a touch of orange to the wings

With a lighter green, make a line on top of the orange mark.

add a bit of light green

Step 6. Shadows, lights, and sparkles.

Use a lighter green and add some light to the top wings

add lights to the wings

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool turned on and place it on top of everything you’ve done so far.

With a more saturated green, start to add some sparkle to the top wing.

 

details on the wings

Continue to do this with different shades of green.

keep adding details to the wings

Do the same for the bottom wings.

add depth to the bottom wings

Continue to add details.

keep adding details

Step 7. Define the veins

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool turned on and place it on top.

Use a dark color to go over the being of the butterfly.

define the veins of the butterfly wings

Add a bit more of the green sparkle to the center.

add a bit more sparkle to the center

Step 8. Color the body

Use a dark color to fill in the body.

add color to the body

Use the same tones of green as before to add some green sparkle to the body.

add extra details to body of the butterfly

And that’s it! You drew an Emerald Swallowtail butterfly!

that's how to draw an emerald swallowtail butterfly

How to draw Ulysses Butterflies

how to draw an ulysses butterfly

This is another beautiful, shiny, blue, and weird-shaped one!

We’ll begin from the Base Butterfly once again.

start with the basic shape of the butterfly

Step 1. Make the body smaller

Select the body and make it a bit smaller.

make the body smaller

Step 2. Change the wing shape

The Ulysses butterfly has more of the wing shape of a swallowtail, so the top wing is a bit more triangular.

change the shape of the wing

And the bottom wing is smaller than the top one, it also looks a bit like melted wax.

change the shape of the bottom wing

Once you’ve done the guideline, make a new layer and place it on top of everything.

Click the layer to open the layer menu, click “drawing assist” to turn on the symmetry tool, and trace the wings.

use the symmetry tool to make the wings

Step 3. Change the wing veins

This is how the top wing veins look for the Ulysses butterfly.

draw the veins of the top wing

And this is how the bottom wing veins look. 

draw the veins of the bottom wing

Remember that you can do the guides for this only on one side and then make a new layer with the symmetry tool to make both wings and save time.

draw both wings

Step 4. The Marks

Let’s begin with the marks for the top wings.

start to add markings to the top wing

These butterflies have a bright blue color toward the center of the wings and a sort of black-brown color on the edges.

Let’s add some more detail about where the black color will be.

keep adding markings

As for the bottom wing, this is how the markings are.

start to add the bottom markings

Add some extra dots on the edge of the bottom wing. 

add markings to the bottom wing

Make a new layer and using the symmetry tool, retrace the markings.

draw bothe wings
Freebie for you: Here’s the color palette I used for the Ulysses butterfly

Step 5. Bring in the color

Using a dark, almost black color, fill in the outside of the wings using the symmetry tool to save you time.

begin to add color to the wings

With a light brown color, fill in the rest of the outer part of the top wing.

keep adding color to the toip wings

Return to the darker color and fill in the marks on the bottom wing.

add color to the bottom wings

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool on and place it underneath everything you just did.

Use a medium-light blue to fill the center of the wings.

add blue tot he wings

Choose a lighter and brighter blue to add some shine towards the center of the wings.

add a light blue to the wings

Now, add some mild freckles to the center with a bright green color.

use light green to add details to the wings

Make a new layer and place it on top of everything.

With light blue color, start to add some sparkle and freckles to the wings.

add some sparkles to the wings

Step 6. Color the body

Use a brownish color to lay a base on the body of your butterfly.

color the body

With a lighter version of that color, add some detail.

add a light color to finish the body

To finish your butterfly, choose the green you used on the wings and add some freckles to the body.

finish your butterfly illustration

And there you have it, the Ulysses butterfly!

that is how to draw ulysses butterflies in procreate

How to draw a Paperkite Butterfly

Let’s continue with a butterfly that has a different shape than the ones we’ve done before.

The Paperkite Butterfly.

how to draw paperkite butterflies with procreate

Step 1. Make the body longer

If we take our base butterfly, we’ll notice that the body is a bit too short to be the body of a Paperkite butterfly, so let’s make it a bit longer.

make the body bigger

Around 5 sections longer.

Step 2. Change the shape of the wings

The wings of a Paperkite butterfly are way longer than the base we have.

Let’s make the top wing longer.

make the top wing bigger

The bottom wing is almost the same as our base, it just has a bit more of a square end.

change the shape of the bottom wing

Make a new layer and place it on top with the symmetry tool on and trace the wings.

draw both wings

Step 3. Top wing veins

Let’s begin with the veins on the top wing.

Draw a line that splits at the end in two.

start to add the veins of the wings

Next, divide the wing using 6 marks, each of them a bit bigger than the previous one.

divide the top wing in six parts

Elongate the marks by drawing some lines.

Elongate the marks by drawing some lines

Mark a point in 5 of those lines.

Mark a point in 5 of those lines

Join the dots with curved lines to create another wing cell.

draw the inner cell of the top wing

Divide the top section with 3 lines.

divide the top section

To finish the veins of the top wing, add some extra lines to create folds.

add folds to the top wing

Step 4. Bottom wing veins

Let’s start by making two lines where the top and bottom wings meet to create sort of a square.

divide the bottom wing

Next, divide the bottom wing into 3 sections.

Draw two lines to create the 3 sections.

tart to add markings tot he bottom wing

On the inside of the middle section, make 4 points that create an arch.

mark the bottom wing

Join these dots.

draw the inner cell of the bottom wing

From those dots, draw 6 lines that fan out.

divide the bottom wing

To finish, add extra lines in the last section of the bottom wing.

veins of the bottom wing

Make a new layer with the “drawing assist” turned on.

turn on drawing assist

Trace the veins for both wings.

draw both wings

Step 5. Wing Marks

These marks are fun and wiggly!

Let’s start by creating these shapes on the inner cell of the top wing.

make the marks of the top wing

After that, darken the veins.

darken the veins of the top wing

Add some spots at the outer edge of the top wing.

make the markings of the wing

Now, make a wiggly line to surround those dots.

top wings marks

Draw another wiggly section in the center.

keep adding the marks of the top wing

Now, the bottom wing marks.

Start by darkening the veins around the middle cell of the bottom wing.

make the marks of the bottom wings

Darken the veins and add two small marks on the top.

darken the veins

Add some spots on the edge of the bottom wing.

keep drawing the bottom wings

Surround those dots with a wiggly line.

marks on the bottom wings

Add some extra details in the center of the bottom wing.

add extra details

Trace the marks on a new layer using the symmetry tool.

use the symmetry tool

Step 6. Color time

Make a new layer with the drawing assist on and place it on top.

Here is the color palette I used for the Paperkite butterfly.

Using the darkest color, go over the marks you made in the previous step.

add color to the wings

Do the same for the bottom wings.

do the same for the bottom wings

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool on and place it underneath everything.

Use a medium cream color to fill in the wings.

add a cream colro to the wings

Use a lighter version of that color to add some dimension to the wings.

color the wings

Add a bit of shadow with more of a saturated color and continue adding colors to create dimension.

Step 7. Color the body

With a light grey color, fill in the body.

color the body

Go to a darker color and make some marks on the body of the butterfly.

add a darker grey to the body

With a lighter color, add some light to the body.

add some light color to the body of the butterfly

And that’s it! You drew a Paperkite Butterfly!

that is how to draw a paperkite butterfly

How to draw a Goliath Birdwing Butterfly

Let’s finish this tutorial with the second largest butterfly in the world.

how to draw a goliath birdwing butterfly

This thing looks like an acid butterfly and I’m here for it!

Let’s begin.

Step 1. Different body shape

Let’s start with the base.

start with a basic body of a butterfly

The Goliath’s body is a bit different.

make the body of the butterfly bigger

It’s longer and thicker in the bottom.

That’s what she said.

Ok, moving on.

clean the body of your drawing

Step 2. Wing shape

The top wing of the Goliath is bigger and more angular than the base.

change the shape of the top wing

The bottom wing is sort of similar but it has a small bump.

change the bottom wing shape

Once you’ve done the base, make a new layer and with the symmetry tool on, trace the wings.

redraw both wings

Step 3. Completely different wing veins y’all

So, for the veins of the Goliath, we’ll have to start from scratch.

Make 8 marks all along the outer and underside of the top wing.

make 8 marks on the top wing

Make sure that each mark is bigger than the previous one.

From those marks, draw some lines until it looks like this.

use the marks to draw the veins of the top wing

Add some folds to finish the veins of the top wing.

add folds to the top wing

Now, to the bottom wing.

Make 6 marks on the bottom wing.

make 6 marks on the bottom wing

Elongate those marks to make lines.

elongate the lines on the bottom wing to draw the veins

Join the ends to make another wing cell.

draw the inner cell of the bottom wing

Add fold only to the bottom 2 sections of the wing.

draw the folds to the bottom wing

Make a new layer and place it on top of the drawing with the drawing assist on.

turn on drawing assist

Trace the veins on both wings.

trace the veins on both wings

Step 4. Wing marks

The marks of this butterfly aren’t super complex.

This is how the top wings marks are.

start to add the marks on the top wing

The bottom wing markings start like this.

starrt to add marks to the bottom wing

Then, make a section around the veins that are inside the line you made before.

add more detailed marks to the bottom wings

Make a new layer and place it on top of the drawing with the drawing assist on.

turn on thedrawing assist

Trace the marks lightly on both wings.

Step 5. Color time, acid edition

Here’s the color palette I used for the Goliath Birdwing.

Ok! The funniest part has arrived.

With the darkest color of the color palette, start filling in the marks in the top wings.

with a dark color add to the top wings

Remember to color carefully around the veins to make your butterfly drawing look more realistic.

Do the same for the bottom wings.

use a dark color to make the markings of the bottom wing

Make a new layer with the symmetry tool on and place it underneath everything you just made.

Using a bright green color to fill in the wings.

use a bright green to ad color to the wings

With a darker color, start to add some shadows.

add shadows to the wings

Continue to do this with different versions of green.

keep adding depth to the green inged butterfly

Take a bright yellow and go over the markings on the bottom wings.

use a bright yellow to the wings of the butterfly

Take a darker yellow and start to add some shadows to with it more dimension.

add depth to the wings of the butterfly

Make a new layer with symmetry and place it on top of everything.

Start to add some details where the black and the green meet.

use a textured brush to make sparkles to the wings

Step 6. Color the body

Take a dark color and fill the head and the thorax, leaving a few marks.

start to color the body of the butterfly

Use a bright yellow to add some color to the abdomen.

use a bright yellow to the abdomen of the butterfly

Add some shadows and you’re done!

That’s how you draw a Goliath Birdwing Butterfly.

that is how to draw a easily draw a butterfly

How to draw a butterfly from the side

how to easily draw a butterfly from the side

I’ll be drawing a Morpho Menelaus butterfly from the side.

I like this butterfly, both the upper and the underside of its wings are so beautiful!

Let’s get into it.

Step 1: Begin at the beginning

Let’s start this butterfly illustration with some rough guidelines.

start this butterfly illustration with some rough guidelines

I recommend focusing on the shapes and not the details for this part.

For this part, remember that, from this view, the bottom wind is on top of the top wing.

Step 2: A bit more detail

Start to create the folds at the end of the wings of your butterfly.

create folds to the ends of the wings

Once you like how it’s looking, it’s time to clean the lines of your illustration a bit.

clean the drawing

Step 3: The thorax

Start to gently map out where the thorax will be.

draw the thorax

Step 4: The legs

Almost all butterflies have 3 pairs of legs.

Let’s add those in.

Start with the 3 legs that are closer to you.

draw the legs of the butterfly

Now the legs that are further from you.

draw the back legs of the butterfly

Step 5: The head

Draw a small bean for the head.

draw the head

Draw another one inside of it to create the eye.

draw the eye of the butterfly

Now, draw a small oval for the palpi.

draw the palpi of the butterfly

Make a small circle under the head to create the proboscis (The nectar sipping thingy)

draw the proboscis

To finish the head, draw curved lines to create the antenna.

draw the antennae

And that’s the base to draw a butterfly from the side.

that is the base of the butterfly from the side

Let’s turn this base body into a morpho Menelaus butterfly.

Step 6. Details on the body

Start to add some small details to the thorax.

draw some details on the body of the butterfly

Step 7. The veins

Start by creating a line that, halfway, divides into 5 smaller lines on the top wing.

start to draw the veins of the wings of the butterfly

Under this line, divide them into wings with 4 marks.

divide the top wing into 4 parts

Elongate these marks to create lines.

use those marks to create lines

Join the ends of those lines to create the inner cell of the top wing.

create the inner cell of the top wings

To finish the veins of the top wing, add some folds.

add the folds of the top wing

Now for the bottom wing.

Add 10 dots to the edge of the bottom wing.

divide the bottom wing into 10 parts

Expand the first 7 of those dots and the 10th one into lines to create the veins of the bottom wing.

draw the veins into the bottom wing

To finish, add some folds.

add the folds of the bottom wings

Step 8. The marks

Start by creating an edge on the wings.

start to add the marks of the wings

Do another line following the first you made closer to the edge.

continue to add marks to the wings

Repeat that twice for the top wing and once for the bottom wing.

add details to the edges of the wings

Fill in the first section and add some small dots on the edge.

Step 9. The eyes

This mark is one of my favorite butterfly marks.

It looks like there are some eyes on the wings, this is a way that the butterfly has to defend itself and confuse its predators.

Let’s draw them.

Do 3 on the top wings and 4 on the bottom wing.

draw eye shaped markings to the wings of the butterfly

Once you’ve done that, add some final details.

add some final details to the marks

Step 10. Time to color

Here’s the color palette I used to make the Morpho Menelaus butterfly from the side.

Make a new layer, place it underneath everything you just drew, and start to fill in everything with a medium brown color.

use a base brown color

With a darker version of that color, start to add some shadows to the wings.

add shadows to the wings

Now, with a lighter version of the first color, add some highlights.

use a light brown for the highlights of the wings

Pick a medium cream color to work on the marks of the wings.

use a cream color for the markings on the wings

Start to add a bit of light with a lighter version of that color.

use a light cream for the wings

Pick a dark brown and add some details on the eyes and the rest of the marks on the wings.

use a dark brwon for the marks on the wings

Pick a more saturated brown, almost red, and add some color to the markings.

use a reddish color for the markings

Continue to add detail switch a light cream color.

add more details to the wings with a light cream color

Add some details on the wings with a lighter brown to give them a bit more dimension. 

finish the details on the wings

Step 11. Color the body

With a darker brown, add some shadows to the body.

add shadows into the body of the butterfly

With the more saturated brown, add some color to the legs.

use a reddish color for the details on the body of the butterfly

Finish it up by adding a bit of cream color to the body.

use a cream color to add detils to the body

And you’re done!

That’s how to draw a Morpho Menelaus from the side.

that is how you draw a butterfly from the side

 Final words

We’ve reached the end, my friends, the end.

This is how you draw a bunch of different butterflies with procreate, even if you’re a beginner.

how to draw butterflies easy step by step procreate tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this beast of a tutorial and that it was helpful for you!

It was a blast for me to make.

I would love to hear from you!

Which was your favorite butterfly?

Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, stay awesome!

Claudia.