Learn how to draw a dragonfly with this easy step by step boho dragonfly art tutorial.
Did you know that dragonflies are insects? They live near water and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
Dragonflies have long, slender bodies with two sets of wings; the front set being slightly bigger than the back. They’re pretty chill and you can see them hovering around watery areas at a pretty calm speed, but they can pump up the G-Force when needed. They go through a complete metamorphosis from egg to larva to pupa to adult, similar to a butterfly.
Dragonflies are so beautiful and come in lots of different colors, but although they look complicated, drawing a dragonfly is easy.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to draw a dragonfly step-by-step. We will start with a basic shape and then give it a few details to make it come alive! Let’s get started!
Ps: Don’t forget all artwork on this site is original art created by me. I’d love you to recreate it and share your stuff on social, just remember to tag me @nicolamilanart (and no commercial resale allowed. Thanks!)
How to Draw a Simple Dragonfly Summary
A quick overview of what you’ll learn in this tutorial.
Dragonfly Drawing Simple Step-by-step Tutorial
There are only 8 steps to completing this easy dragonfly drawing. Then its all about adding the lovely colors.
Step One: Return of the Dragon… fly
Start by drawing your guideline – the main length and shape of the body. Once you have this, its just a matter of attaching circles to it.
Step Two: Dragonfly Drawing is Easy!
Let’s break down the circle bits for a sec. So you can see the original two circles have been surrounded by the rest of the main body and I’ve just erased any overlapping lines.
There are no set rules about how many circles you draw here or what shapes you use. Just do whatever and mix it up. Chances are it will look good at the end.
Step Three: Y.M.C.A
Haha! All pray to the dragonfly gods! It seriously looks like the litle dude is doing his own version of ‘YMCA’ here.
Drawing the front legs with a little angle in them gives your art more of a 3D look than if you were to just draw a couple of awkward straight lines sticking out form the head.
Step Four – The Curviest Kardashian
More fun and randomness for this step. Draw in the main body. You can also make the dragonfly short and fat if you want or keep his body together as one large block.
Here you can see the technique I’ve used to make my body look extra swish. Joining up the parts instead of cutting straight lines across, makes it look more realistic and 3D.
Step Five – How to Draw a Dragonfly…BOOTY!
You can finish off your dragonfly drawing with a pointy tip at the end, OR you can get bootalicious and draw a proper looking dragon-butt like I’ve done here. OR… make up your own shape. It doesn’t have to be realistic right?
Step Six: Time to Wing It
Time to draw in the wings. This is the easy version. Just like you’d draw a simplified butterfly, draw rounded wings on each side. I drew the top wings first and added the back wings so they looked like they are placed underneath.
If this easy dragonfly drawing isn’t challenging you enough, check out the special wing version below.
Step Seven: Dragonfly Heaven
Wooo! Wobbly Wings! Tbh these wings are actually still pretty easy to draw BUT the one caveat is that what you do on one side, you must repeat on the other. That’s where it gets tricky.
PRO TIP: Tablet users – just copy the wings on one side and duplicate them for the other side. Too easy! I may have done that here for my dragonfly drawing. (*Cheeky grin*)
Step Eight: The Finer Details
OMG, OMG so complicated right? WRONG! lol.
All I did was draw random cool looking shapes and lines all over my wings. You can draw anything here it doesn’t have to look like mine. Stripes, polka-dots, super fine mini lines x lots… anything goes.
PRO TIP: If you’re doing the tablet ‘duplicate the wings’ trick, then wait till you’ve drawn in all the lines before you duplicate otherwise you’ll have the same issue with the wing patterns as you have with getting the wings themselves to be the same on both sides.
Time to color!
This is the best bit if you ask me… speaking of which, let me know in the comments if you want a tutorial on how to choose killer color palettes.
I was itching to use this boho color palette I made ages ago so I took this dragonfly drawing tutorial as an opportunity to go super boho and pretty and I used all the colors and drew in heaps of cute patterns on the wings and body to make it look ‘extra’.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed my how to draw a dragonfly art tutorial. Let me know if you had fun in the comments below or if you have any fab ideas for things you want to learn to draw next. Don’t forget to tag me on insta @nicolacmilan with your creations and follow me on my cartooning YouTube channel for more tutorials and fun!
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