After reviewing the recent runway shows and seeing butterflies as a trending icon, I decided to round up my books, scans, and ephemera to curate a visual reference guide containing over 200 beautiful images of butterflies. I've created a 25-page pdf filled with a variety of detailed and colorful butterfly illustrations sourced from the public domain so you can use all of the images included for reference freely for personal and commercial work. I love working with reference images in the public domain because I can draw detailed representations or work loosely without having to worry about copyright restrictions.
I often am illustrating butterflies for client work and see the winged beauties depicted on all sorts of products when I'm shopping online or in stores. I've put together a case study of a recent wall art project where I used images in this guide as reference.
Keep scrolling after the case study for a free page from the reference guide!
I first started in my sketchbook, drawing loosely some decorative and colorful butterflies. Then I photographed my sketches and opened them in Procreate on my iPad Pro. You can see my process videos below.
The final pieces of art:
Below is a free page below so you can see the level of detail and variety included in the 25-page PDF. I'm excited to see what you create!
This visual reference guide contains over 200 butterfly images perfect for illustrators, designers, artists, and creatives to use for client and personal projects. Cut down your research time as this pictorial encyclopedia showcases butterfly wing patterns, full-color illustrations, black and white diagrams, ephemera, and vintage butterfly patterns sourced from my personal collection in the public domain.
Downloadable 25-page PDF you can print or view on your devices
200+ hand-picked illustrations in full color and black and white
A comprehensive collection that will have you creating instead of scrolling through repetitive images online.