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Butterfly Tutorial by LucieOn Butterfly Tutorial by LucieOn
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This is the promised butterfly tutorial, and it is strictly a butterfly tutorial, you won't find anything about painting knotworks or gems here. But if you're interested in this, I have another tutorial that deals with these subjects: [link]

Also, the finished painting can be found here:
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A very detailed walk-through with a beautiful result! Butterfly Tutorial by *Siluan ( Suggested by somadjinn and Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Huh, I wonder if I could apply this to digital art.  
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well it is a pretty watercolor specific technique, but you can always give it a go... if you do, please link me the result, I'd love to see it!
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CrimsonCricket Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for sharing your expertise! This is a superb tutorial.

I'm wondering how you got the lines of the support veins to show so well. Did you do separate washes around the veins, mask them, or go over them with the right color? On the top two wings, the veins stand out lighter than the rest of the wing, while on the bottom two, the veins appear quite dark though the light area. If you simply followed your pencil lines with the brush to darken those veins, that is very delicate work! 

Thank you again! :D (Big Grin) 
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything is described in the tutorial - probably much better than I could explain it now... (as I painted the picture 2 years ago). I'm afraid there's no special trick to it, though. Just a lot of patience and painting with small brushes...
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amethyst021294 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist
beeeeaaauutiful :)
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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YK-Kurai Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Artist
Wow! very beautiful :love:
Thank you very much for the tutorial.
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xxxsleepy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I see.. ah thanks very much. Drawing butterfly is fun now
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to be of assistance.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THanks.
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Mscheveous Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
wow this is a beautiful tutorial - thank you so much for sharing it with us!
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words!
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Docali Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
I like the white gouache dots idea :D Thank you!
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I actually try to avoid gouache, the white paper works much better, but sometimes it works as my last save :D
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Docali Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah! I don't like the cheap school gouache but once I got gouache for artists I love it and especially their pearly white ^^ but did not used it with my watercolors still. I was thought about a white ink but we have a poor one in the local art store, it's very transparent. So YAY for white gouache :blowkiss:
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do have good(ish) gouache from Winsor&Newton ... still, for me, nothing beats the white of the paper. Different methods work for different people, though, and I'm glad you've found my tip helpful :)
Btw. if you have a chance to order art supplies online, you can find there a much bigger selection than in local art stores (from my experience). Only postage can be in issue, since it can get pretty expensive... :(
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Veiled-Bride Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Veiled-Bride Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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JayAsylum Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I'll be sure to try these tips soon in my next watercolor~
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck with your painting :)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
This is fantastic. Admittedly my watercolor skills are nowhere near the levels needed to try it, but the shaping and coloring is helpful in general, and looking at the different parts. I'm pondering how to work it into wire work :D
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Your wiring is very pretty, I like the little trees in circles - firstly because I love trees, secondly because I find it very original, I've never seen wire-wrapping used like this. Shame my money is a bit low right now, as I would love to get one :D Well, maybe when my situation improves :)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Many thanks! I love making the trees, since they don't have to be perfectly symetrically they're a more relaxing project (except for when the foliage tries to escape) ;)

I have fossils that are called butterfly shells, I'm hoping to eventually make them into butterflies!
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Rubylitche45 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you. When I try to draw butterflies or butterfly wings, I usually go for the Monarch Butterfly. I can get the shape down just fine, but the vein like patterns...I can never get right. Maybe in the future you could do a tutorial for the vein-like patterns?:D
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
I'm afraid no tutorial would help with the patterns - the key in getting them right is precision, which is acquired with practise - at least this worked for me. I didn't get anything right with my first butterflies :D
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Rubylitche45 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome. No tutorial for the vein like patterns? :nuu: WHY MUST NATURE BE SO HARD TO DRAW?!
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because if it were easy, everyone would be doing it :D
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Rubylitche45 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
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FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. I needed this. The quality of my butterflies stink. :(
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad I could be of use!
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Boias Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
And Beautifully done too , congrats.
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words :hug:
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Boias Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Not at all , you have done a realy good job and i enjoy it ! Allways welcome !
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MrEdison Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thank you! The butterfly I created in one of my pieces took more time than the actual portrait that it's in! This should definitely help me next time!
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad I could be of help!
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MenagerieCat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have a feeling that my art will improve with my following your work :hug:

What do you mean when you say "mask" in the tutorial, and how do you do it? I've used masking fluid before, but personally I can't stand the smell or the dried result..
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mean exactly that - masking fluid. I use the masking fluid from Schmincke - it doesn't contain ammonia, so it doesn't smell so bad, plus it can be easily diluted with water, which makes the process of masking much easier.
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the butterfly turned out really nice. ^_^
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you think so!
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ewigestudentin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I'll be drawing a butterfly anytime soon, but your tutorial was such a pleasure to read and to look at! Thanks for sharing!
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words! :hug:
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sensational work of art :love:

Congratulations on your DD :)
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for you kind words :hug:
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :)
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ACrowsCollection Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm... Interesting method. I'll have to try this sometime. Thanks! :lol:
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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RunePixie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I love butterflies but have never been really happy with the results when I paint them. Looking through your tutorial I think I can already see some places where I'm going wrong. Thanks for sharing this it is really useful and I enjoyed reading from beginning to end
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you've found it useful - good luck with your next butterfly painting :hug:
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