Dragonflies are colorful insects often found near water. In fact, baby dragonflies are born in water. Similar to the way a tadpole becomes a frog, swimming dragonfly nymphs eventually take flight. Dragonflies can have lifespans of several years; most of this time is spent in the nymph stage. Some adult dragonflies even migrate across oceans, and they have been clocked at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
The fossil record shows that dragonflies are a very ancient species. Ancient dragonflies were much larger than those of today; some had wingspans of nearly three feet. Dragonflies are hunters, and they eat insects such as mosquitoes and moths.
Dragonfly images have been identified on age-old art forms, including pottery shards, Egyptian amulets, and rock paintings. Today, they are often pictured in jewelry and other decorative items. A cartoon dragonfly named Evinrude is featured in the 1977 Disney film The Rescuers. In Japan, dragonflies "are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness," and their images appear on vases and other items, both new and old.
Would you like to draw your own dragonfly? This simple, step-by-step dragonfly drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use paints, crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing, as dragonflies come in a wide range of often metallic colors.
1. Begin by drawing a small circle. This will form the dragonfly's head. Beneath the circle, draw a small oval. This forms the thorax, or midsection, of the insect.
2. Beneath the oval, draw a larger, highly elongated oval with a slightly pointed end. This forms the dragonfly's abdomen, or tail.
3. Draw the wing. Extend a long, curved line from the top of the thorax. Curve the line back on itself until it meets the bottom of the thorax, completely enclosing the wing.
4. Repeat this process on the opposite side to form the second wing. Again, use a long, curved line, connected on both ends to the thorax.
5. Draw the lower wing. Again, you will extend a long, curved line from the thorax, allowing it to double back on itself to enclose the shape.
6. Draw the final of the dragonfly's four wings. Extend a long, curved line from the thorax, and allow it to double back on itself to enclose the shape.
7. Draw the dragonfly's eyes. To do so, draw two half circles on the front of the head, using a short, curved line for each. Then, draw the dragonfly's forelegs. For each foreleg, extend a curved line from the junction of the head and thorax. Notice how the line bends in the middle, forming a joint in the leg. Then, extend a second curved line nearly parallel to the first, allowing the lines to meet at the end. Repeat on the opposite side.
8. Add detail to your dragonfly. Draw veins on the wings using curved lines. For the upper wings, draw a long, curved line down the length of the wing. Then, extend a few shorter curved lines from this line to the wing's edge. For the lower wings, draw two curved lines down the length of each. Finally, texture the thorax using short, curved lines.
9. Indicate the segmentation of the abdomen by banding it with short, curved lines.
10. Color your dragonfly. Dragonflies can come in a rainbow of colors, including blues, greens, and golds. If you enjoyed this drawing tutorial, check out our other creepy crawlies, including the ladybug, spider, and spiderweb.
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.