Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Colored Pencil Tutorial: Monarch butterfly

Greetings, my fine feathered friend!
Today I am sharing the step-by-step process I used to create a monarch butterfly in colored pencil.
As always, start with an accurate drawing:
The first layer of color I used was sunburst yellow.

I then added yellowed orange, layering it darker on the top wings.
Pumpkin orange was used to darken up the top wings, followed by another layer of yellowed orange.  More layers of sunburst yellow and yellowed orange were added to the bottom wings.
I then added sepia to the wings and body of the butterfly.  Some pumpkin orange was lightly layered over the bottom wings.
And finally, black was layered over the sepia on the wings and body.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! :)
Happy Flying!


  1. great seeing all the steps and how you layer the colours

  2. Beautiful results! It looks like you layer each layer fairly heavy. Is that true?

    1. Thanks Peggy! :) In this case I did most of the layers heavy--I think it's called burnishing. Wanted that waxy look of insect wings.


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