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20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly

and Other Things with Wings



20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things With Wings is not just an exercise in recreating monarchs and moths, but also a whole host of winged creatures, both real and mythological.

20 ways draw butterfly

Image excerpted from 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly

This book is a bit like an art journal, with prompts and examples on one side and blank space to stretch your own artistic legs. The book is also endlessly fun, and you can take it as seriously or as casually as you'd like. I prefer for my art to be a relaxing time, a break from my usual thinking. Author Trina Dalziel describes this mindset perfectly:

"Perhaps most of all, we draw for the pure joy that making marks on the paper can give to us."

Joy is most surely contained within these pages. My very favorite creatures in this book are a toss up. On the one hand, penguins are adorable. I love how different each penguin is. Some are more cartoony and others more realistic and some are rather abstract.

20 ways draw penguin

Image excerpted from 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly

On the other hand, paper airplanes are such an interesting twist on the flying creatures theme. I've never once thought about drawing a paper airplane, but it's actually a lot of fun. And harder than you'd imagine. 

"20 Ways" really covers all of the flying creature bases. (Peacocks and puffins? Check. Griffins and grasshoppers? Check, check.) It would be a fun book to carry around for miscellaneous doodling opportunities and to entertain friends.

If you've ever wanted to start a sketchbook but aren't sure where to begin, this is your ticket.

What winged creature would you attempt to draw first?


Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.



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