How to Draw A Cartoon Butterfly

Drawing a cartoon butterfly: some fun facts before starting sketching!

  • The skeleton of the butterfly is outside its body. It is called the exoskeleton.
  • A monarch can fly up to 900km without interruption!
  • The lifetime of a monarch is around 7 to 10 months.


Step 1

How to draw a cartoon butterfly step-1

Everybody has drawn a butterfly at one point or another. Butterflies are easily recognizable with their small antennas (1), colorful wings (2) and small bodies (4). 

The one on the picture on your left is called a viceroy. There are more than 2 million different species of butterflies around the world. Around 600 of them can be found in the U.S. and in Canada.

Step 2

How to draw a cartoon butterfly step 2

The shapes of the butterfly are simple to figure out. A circle for the head, a rectangle for the body and triangles for the wings. The antennas are drawn using two simple straight lines. Notice how the fore wing is smaller than the hind wing. All wings are attached near the head of the butterfly. The butterfly has also 6 small legs that are not shown in this image.

Step 3

How to draw a cartoon butterfly step 3

For this example, we will draw a simple cartoonesque butterfly. First, sketch an oval for the body and two circles for the eyes. Next, draw the antennas with a long curly line. 

Then, add the wings. Don't forget to draw the fore wings smaller than the hind wings. The final step is up to you. Add the color of your choice, the texture you prefer and the pattern you wish to see.

Step 4

How to draw a cartoon butterfly step 4

Drawing a cool butterfly is not so difficult if you decide to practice a little bit. You can start really slowly by sketching a simple one (4). You can go on with your lesson by drawing a more challenging one (3). Just have fun and don't hesitate to experiment with colors, textures and patterns. Good luck!


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