how to draw a Tribal Butterfly

Artist: Malka / November 5, 2012

Step 1.

The first thing you want to do is lightly sketch out the basic shape. Do not rush this; keep adjusting until you are satisfied with the proportions.

Step 2.

Here we are gonna start sharpening the right wing. The key to good tribal is smooth curves and sharp angles. Again; adjust until you are satisfied; it is your drawing. Sketch light till you have the wing correct.

Step 3.

Time for the left wing. Remember; smooth curves; sharp angles. Also i use marker for visibility; you should use pencil till you are absolutely satisfied with the drawing. Pencil erases; marker does not.

Step 4.

This is where we add detail to the wings. I put some lines in the wings and some more tribal lining along the wingtips. This step i did over and over till i was satisfied with my design pattern.

Step 5.

Here is the design pattern i chose; but feel free to play around with your own ideas; just remember; sharp angles and smooth curves.

Step 6.

Here i fill in the butterflys "body" and start on the tribal lining above and below the butterfly. Here its especially important to remember. . . . Sharp angles and smooth curves.

Step 7.

Almost done; here i thickened the tribal lining above and below the butterfly. I chose to leave the middle white.If you would rather fill it all in black or color the middle area use this step to do so.

Step 8.

Last step!!!!! Here i colored the butterfly. I chose to use purple for the wings and blue for the wingtips but you can use any color you'd like. Use your favorite colors or go tye-dye! After you fill in your color; go over your lining one last time    

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Artist: Malka
Date Added: November 5, 2012
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Description: This is my first attempt at a tutorial; so please let me know if there is anything i could of done better. My tutorial today is how to do a tribal butterfly. Hope you enjoy.