How to Draw the Indian Leaf Butterfly

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There are more than two lakh (hundred thousand) species of butterflies in the world. One, and perhaps the strangest, is the 'Indian Leaf Butterfly', so named because it is found in Asian countries, including Japan and India. Don't be surprised, though, if you mistake them for a dead leaf. After all, they are called the 'Dead Leaf' or the 'Oak Leaf Butterfly' for a reason – the outer side of their wings looks surprisingly like a brown, dried leaf. Don't wait any more to get started drawing the lovely Indian Leaf Butterfly.

Making a Closed Butterfly

  1. Look at the butterfly's image. Observe and understand how this side of the butterfly appears. This will help you form a clear mental picture of what you have to draw.
  2. Make an uneven line. Draw a vertical line. This line will be the center or the abdomen area of the butterfly.
  3. Draw the other side. Make another, uneven and curved line. Make it such that it resembles the letter 'D'.
  4. Draw a vein. Draw two lines right at the center of this wing.
  5. Add details to the wing. Make a few dots with a dark brown pencil or brush all over the wing. Think of any dried leaf and let your imagination fly.
    • Make some bigger dots near them.
    • Make a few triangular cuts at the sides to give it a dried and torn look.
  6. Make the head. Draw a circle on the left side of the wing, near the center of the butterfly.
    • Draw two antennas on the head.
    • Draw a circle for the eye.
  7. Make the body. Draw a flat oval for the abdomen since not much of their abdomen is visible in this position.
    • Make lines for the legs holding something, like a tree or a branch.
  8. Make veins on the wing. Make drooping lines or veins like you see on leaves.
    • Make two blurry vertical lines on either side of the main vein.
  9. Shade it. Take a shading tool that you like best and shade near the veins. Make blurry lines with a pencil and smudge them with a piece of paper if you prefer.
    • You can make more vertical veins and leaf-like lines on it.
  10. Add texture to the wing. Make a few zigzag lines near the border of the wing. Just hold the pencil horizontally such that the entire lead is touching the surface and gently shade on the paper. Try to make the shading as even as you can. Let no single stroke or line stand out alone. Let it all look homogenous with only a transition between darker and lighter areas.
    • You can use colouring pencils to be safe. Or if you are comfortable, you can use watercolour or other options you like.
  11. Add a background. Add a tree and some leaves to make it more true to life. You can give the tree trunk a texture by making long and uneven ovals one inside the other. This would make it appear more real and artistic.
    • Make some leaves and add colours per your liking.
    • You can make the sky to add more background effect to your drawing.
    • Choose a light brown, golden brown or beige to colour this butterfly. Or you can use all these colours in layers on the wing.

Making a Flying Indian Leaf Butterfly

  1. Get a clear picture of a flying Indian Leaf Butterfly. Have a look at the complete butterfly in this particular flying position. Understand the colour scheme as you admire its appearance.
  2. Make a wing. Draw a Dead Leaf wing. Make an asymmetric leaf-like shape for it.
  3. Add the veins. Draw one vertical line at center and add branches to it. Make smaller such lines as leaves have on them.
  4. Draw the second wing. Draw half a wing. This looks like an uneven rectangle. You also make a full wing and make a cut in between too.
  5. Draw the lower half of the wing. Complete the wing with a more ornate looking curvy line. Let it taper at the end.
  6. Make an outline on the wing. Make a vertical line at the right side end of the wing. Starting from the top, keeping it slightly away from the main outline. As this outline goes down, bring it closer to the end if the wing.
  7. Add more features. Make a head and add two antennas on it.
    • Make a small spot for the eye.
    • Make angular lines for the legs.
  8. Make the surrounding. Add plenty of leaves for the butterfly to cling on to.
  9. Shade them. To make the leaves appear lush and green, add a base colour underneath the leaves. If there are gaps, it may give a different appearance which you can keep if you like.
    • You can begin shading the butterfly with pencil or colours if you like. Or you can do it after drawing it completely.
  10. Add more veins. Add smaller lines to the ones already made. Shade around these lines in the direction in which it is going, not horizontally. Smudge the lines evenly or unevenly, with varying darkness. Both will make it stand out.
    • You can do the same shading on the leaves.
  11. Fill the entire interior of the wing. If there are any blank patches, fill them by repeating the shapes, patterns, shading, dots and zigzag lines.
    • If the pattern and the texture get hidden due to the final coat, you can make them again on the final coat or just make them darker.
    • You can add a finishing touch by filling the complete wing with one last coat of colour all over.
    • Use shades if brown on the drier side and white, orange, blue, dark blue and tinge of green on the upper or the colourful side.
  12. Make an outline. You can use a pencil, pen, or sketching pen if either black or brown to outline the butterfly. It can be left without an outline also, if you like.

Making with the Inner Side Out

  1. Take a look at the butterfly. You will be making identical wings. By adding a splash of beautiful colours and some shimmer, you can make it resemble its natural appearance.
  2. Make a tubular shape. Draw a slender tube for the abdomen and the thorax of the butterfly. Make two eyes on top and then add a pointed head on top.
  3. Add two circles right below the head for the eyes. Add two lines on top of the tube for the antennas.
    • Add some 'v' shaped lines on the lower end of the tube.
    • On the upper side of the tube, you can give it an evenly shaded look by shading it with pencil or colours.
  4. Make the upper side of the wing. A little above the center of the tube, make a curved line. Repeat on the other side.
    • You want both the wings to be identical, hence it is suggested to start with the upper line on both sides.
    • Make sure this line is long enough or higher than the antennas.
  5. Complete half of the wing. Draw a line coming down from the tip to close this portion of the wing. Make it narrow as it comes down.
    • This portion will be more blue in colour.
  6. Prepare for the lower half of the wing. Draw a line coming down from the tip of the abdomen.
    • Repeat This on the other side to maintain the size and symmetry.
  7. Complete the lower half of the wing. Allow the lower corner to taper or to be pointed. Then continue with a curvy line up to the upper half.
  8. Make texture lines. Make an uneven line along the outermost, (vertical) side of the wing.
    • You can colour it with glitter or regular navy blue colour on the upper area inside this border.
    • Add another layer of silver or pearl white under this one.
    • In the innermost portion of the top half, you can use two colours and blend them. It can be white and deep brown or white and deep blue.
    • Some of the Indian Leaf butterflies have orange in place of white as well. So you can go creative with the choice of colours.
  9. Add more lines. Make curved lines one by one, from top to bottom on the wings. Make them horizontally, all over the wing. Start at the abdomen or the central tube and stretch it till the borders. Make them at regular intervals on both the wings.
  10. Shade the veins. Use any medium of your choice to shade. Use a pencil, charcoal pencil, colouring pencil, oil pastels etc. Just have them mix and blend along the veins on the lower half of the wings.
    • You can spread them by either overlapping them and rubbing it from top or by applying two colours so closely that they blend automatically.
    • Make an outline of this butterfly with white pen or colour. Pearl finish would also work wonderfully.
  11. Your artwork is ready. Add a few dots in the wings when done. You can make some pattern of curved lines on the upper half if the wings. Add leaves and branches to give the butterfly company.

Tips

  • Don't fret if your lines are not steady or straight. The oakleaf butterflies are not to be drawn all prim and proper.
  • Draw a light outline first, and after completing it, make the outline darker.
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