Drawing a Butterfly: Step 4
You have a choice of techniques when balancing the wings.
Once you have completed the markings on the first two wings you are faced with a choice: to take a shortcut or to follow the same path.
A Shortcut: As butterfly wings appear symmetrical, you can trace and transfer the wings across to the other side of the body in order to form the second set of wings. The advantage of this technique lies not only in its speed, but also in its capacity to create a well balanced drawing, particularly if you have made the odd mistake in the first set of wings. When you trace and transfer your drawing, your so-called 'mistakes' are also duplicated. However, they are symmetrically balanced by this technique, making them look deliberate. Consequently they are less likely to be read as errors.
the Same path: By following the same path you simply continue with your observational drawing for the second set of wings. As the wings are not exactly symmetrical this is the more difficult choice because it demands greater concentration to capture the slight variations of shape and color between each side. It is this path that we followed in this drawing as you can see by comparing the wing markings in the drawing above.