Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - student project

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - image 1 - student project

Sketches: Looked at a variety of butterflies to get an idea of shapes. There's a lot of variety with the wings, body & antennae. I like the larger wings more but intend to have a mix of sizes so that I can produce a pattern from my butterflies created in Illustrator. I'm intrigued to see how side views as well as views from above will work.

Now to dive into Illustrator!

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - image 2 - student project

Getting comfortable with the shape tools, also the pathfinder, transform & rotate options to create basic wing shapes.

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - image 3 - student project

 

I really enjoyed experimenting with the shapes & pathfinder options. It really is great that you can develop so many different styles from altering the basic shapes. I've picked up some of the keyboard shortcuts too which makes work flow much quicker!

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - image 4 - student project

 Using the blend option to create borders is fantastic! I experimented with the star shape on the rounded rectangle to get the last border. That one is my favourite. Now to use these as embellishments for my wings!

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - image 5 - student project

 

Embellishments added using borders. 

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - image 6 - student project

 

I'm looking forward to adding more features to my butterflies, such as antennae and other markings.

Drawing Butterflies in Illustrator - image 7 - student project

 

Annie McGee northernbirddesigns. com
Illustrator, seamstress & digital content creator
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