Similar to butterflies, creating dragonfly drawings is pretty popular among insect art enthusiasts.
There’s just something intriguing about them. For example, in Japan, dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength and happiness. Interesting stuff!
In terms of drawing dragonflies, they’re actually fairly straight-forward when putting together – especially if you choose to go the symmetrical route as I’ve done here in this lesson.
Here, you’ve got a very basic breakdown of how to not only come up with your own unique dragonfly drawings, but also, a drawing lesson that leaves a lot of possibilities for the number of different designs that you could come up with. Lots of creativity!
And so, this is how to draw a dragonfly…
First Step – Centerline + Shapes
Because you’re drawing a symmetrical dragonfly, start it off with a vertical centerline. Use a pencil and make sure it’s very light, or even better – dotted.
Next, just as I’ve done on the left, go ahead and map out the body of dragonfly by drawing three simple ovals just like shish kabob on a skewer!
Once you’ve got the ovals in place, continue along the centerline and complete the tail of your dragonfly. Draw a long skinny rectangle that starts at the lower body portion and extends to the end of the line.
When you do get to the end of the line, if you want you can draw a couple smaller rectangles. Why? Well, some dragonflies have two little "spike-like" projections extending out from the tip of their tails. Feel free to change the look of yours or even omit them altogether.
Pretty straight forward so far right? Everything’s nice and symmetrical. Next draw in the legs. Start with the top legs and draw them in by mirroring the right side with the left side.
Second Step – Drawing Wings
OK – now for the wings. I switched over to a bright green here so that you can better visualize how your dragonfly is going to look.
Because this is a cartoon dragonfly, we’re going to make the wings non-transparent. If it were more realistic, the wings would be see-through and it would be a tad more difficult to draw.
We’re actually looking at this dragonfly from above – a "bird’s eye view," and so the wings are the closest things to us from our position. So, go ahead and sketch out the wings of your dragonfly – left =’s right.
Tip: It will probably be a big help to use a ruler. This will help you easily map out some points at equal distances on either side of the centerline. Not just symmetry, but proportion as well… comes into play here.
Third Step – Dragonfly Shape
Here, I switched back over to blue as this is the color I’ll use to show how the form of the dragonfly drawing comes to be.
OK, you started developing the form of your dragonfly by drawing in the wings, as they’re the closest thing to you.
Next, move up to the head of the dragonfly and only draw in the parts that are visible. As soon as you move down to where the wings start – stop drawing the head and upper body. You can’t see them as they’re below the wings!
Notice also, the middle and back pair of legs are almost completely invisible due to the wings. I’ve purposely left them grey to to give you an idea of how it’s going to look in the next step…
Fourth Step – New Perspective
To your right is the next phase of the dragonfly drawing – minus any parts that are not visible due to the wings covering them.
When you’re ready, take our a really good eraser and slowly get rid of the original framework lines (and parts of the shapes) that can’t be seen.
Looks kind of bland now, but at this point, you’ve got a very simple outline that you can use to develop your final dragonfly drawing.
And so, on to the final step. Time to make your dragonfly extra-unique as you draw the final shape and details!
Final Step – A New Dragonfly
As you can see, going over your dragonfly drawing with something permanent like a pen or marker really makes it stand out…
…not to mention, it’s a lot more fun (and easy) when you’ve got a symmetrical and proportional guide to work from! 🙂
I’ll leave it up in the as to how you tackle your dragonfly. Get creative!!
But then… a few final tips can’t hurt, right? Two things that really help make your dragonfly stand out are A — the long curved lines on the wings (lots of different ways you can do this!), and B — the short curved lines up and down the body that help you plan for a color scheme for your dragonfly.
And that’s how you create unique dragonfly drawings!