Stained Glass Butterfly Flutters By!

Fresh off my drafting desk! This drawing represents my first attempt at shading metal and glass together and was challenging indeed.

Tip! Any time you become frustrated with a drawing – STOP! Put it away for a few days. When you finally take it out of hiding, you have a brand new perspective on what you did right and what needs to be fixed.

This drawing disappeared and reappeared several times before I called it finished. A perfectly normal aspect of drawing something new or difficult! At the moment I have seven other drawings hiding in folders awaiting serendipitous insights into how to solve a problem. :o)

This butterfly drawing is based on a photo taken at my cousin Beverley’s cottage a couple of summers ago. For anyone who would like to draw this, I hope to add its tutorial to the Drawspace Pro lessons in a few hours.

The beauty of creating a drawing from another drawing is that the artist has already worked out all the problems for you.


Beverley’s Stained Glass Butterfly

Employ high key shading, blending, and erasing to render the textures of a realistic stained glass and metal butterfly

About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

2 Responses to Stained Glass Butterfly Flutters By!

  1. Thank you Sheila! :o)


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