When it comes to having to name the most beautiful insect, you may find butterflies as the first choice of many.
This may be because they are seen during the day more often, yet their nocturnal cousin, the moth, can be equally stunning to behold!
They can come in many different variations and patterns, and learning how to draw a moth is a great way to imagine your own variations.
This is the guide for you if you would like to know how it’s done.
We hope that this step-by-step guide on how to draw a moth will be fun and helpful for you!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw A Moth–Let’s Get Started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Next, draw a mirror image for the next wing section
- Step 3 – Draw the body and rest of the wings
- Step 4 – Now, draw some more pattern detail for the wings
- Step 5 – Finish off the final details for your moth drawing
- Step 6 – Finish off your moth drawing with some color
- Your Moth Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw A Moth–Let’s Get Started!
In this first step of our guide on how to draw a moth, we will be starting with its most distinguishing feature: the wings.
They are the most notable feature as they have beautiful patterning on them, but this can also make them the most tricky part to draw.
First, you can start with the outline of the upper right-hand side of the wing. This will be drawn with some rounded lines, as shown in the reference picture.
Once you have the outline of the wing drawn, we can then start with the pattern for them. The pattern looks pretty intricate, and while it is quite intricate it’s also not as hard as you may think to draw it.
Simply draw each part moving from left to right, and make sure to use the reference image and refer closely to it as you draw.
Once you’re happy with how the wing looks, we can move on to part 2!
Step 2 – Next, draw a mirror image for the next wing section
You have drawn one section of the wing so far, and for this part of your moth drawing we will be drawing the next one.
This one should be easier for you to do, as you will simply be replicating an opposite version of the wing that you just drew in part 1.
Everything should look as closely identical to that one as possible to create symmetry for the wings.
Even those there is a lot of decoration for these wings already, we will be adding even more detail to them later on in the guide.
Step 3 – Draw the body and rest of the wings
We will be drawing quite a lot in this step of our guide on how to draw a moth, so let’s take it slowly! You’ll want to start with the head and body of the moth in this part.
You can draw these aspects using some curved and rounded lines to create the head and feelers of the moth. Then, draw some more curved lines for the various segments of the moth’s body.
Then you can draw the bottom halves of the wings, which will be much smaller than the top halves.
There will also be some detailing that you can replicate for your drawing, and once again you should aim to have symmetry between these wing segments.
Step 4 – Now, draw some more pattern detail for the wings
Earlier in this moth drawing guide, we mentioned adding some more fine details to the wing patterns, and we will start to add that now!
This step will be all about going in with your pen to add some additional lines, patterns and other details to the top wing sections.
These intricate details can create a stunningly detailed and beautiful look for the wings, and will finish them off nicely.
You’re almost finished now, and we will give the bottom halves of the wings the same treatment in the next step.
Step 5 – Finish off the final details for your moth drawing
This step of our guide on how to draw a moth will be all about adding some final details to the wings.
We will be focusing on the bottom halves in this part, and our reference image will give you a great guide as to how you can structure the patterns.
You could also draw your own pattern details using the wing outline to create your own unique moth!
If you decide to go with this approach, there are no wrong ways to go about it! It will generally look better if both sides match each other, but otherwise there are no rules and you should feel free to use any pattern details you like!
Step 6 – Finish off your moth drawing with some color
No moth would be complete without some beautiful colors for the wings, so we will add some in this next step of your moth drawing!
In our reference image, we went with a really warm color scheme with dark yellows, oranges and browns forming the majority of the color palette.
If you like this look, you could replicate the colors that we used, but you could also go wild with any other colors you love to finish it off.
You could also have some fun experimenting with various art tools and mediums such as acrylic and watercolor paints.
Mixing paint mediums with other ones like colored pens and pencils can be a great way to mix up the look of the picture, but we know whatever you choose will look great!
Your Moth Drawing is Complete!
That will conclude this step-by-step guide on how to draw a moth! Moths are incredibly beautiful in real life, and we hope that this guide made it easy and fun for you to replicate your very own moth variation.
Whenever you break down a drawing into smaller steps, it always makes it easier to take on, so that’s what we aimed to do for you in this guide.
Now you can take it to the next level by adding your own touches and variations!
These could include things like drawing a background or even changing the details of the wing patterns entirely. What else can you think of to finish off this moth drawing?
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