At the moment, there are a lot of butterflies in the area I live. They’re everywhere outside, in the roads, at coffee shops, at the market… Everywhere… it’s bizarre, but magical!


I printed out a picture of my face, glued and stuck it into the sketchbook, and then started drawing butterflies all around using a black micron pen.

I then found some photographs of orange flowers on my Instagram page. I took those photographs years ago while on a road trip up the West Coast of South Africa. We took the flower route ‘chasing wildflowers’. I printed them out and cut out some flowers to add to my picture.

For 2 of the other pages, I used orange graph paper as background. I cut out and added the flower photograph as background. I drew my butterfly characters with pen on paper and then glued and stuck them on the graph paper. I printed out a photograph I took of a butterfly, yesterday. I added brighter orange colour using promarkers and used it to create another character’s wings.


I first tried to fill in the background of the face butterfly picture, using koi watercolour paint. I didn’t like the outcome and cut out my face and tried again. This time, leaving it black and white. I think the ‘black and white’ picture was more effective.

I enjoyed incorporating and using different photographs into my design.

I have actually drawn butterfly characters in the past and used some of my old ideas to recreate these. I found some of my old butterfly doodles on my Instagram page. I guess the way I used my Instagram page in the past, is similar to ‘keeping a sketchbook’ or ‘journal’.

NAME: Juanita du Toit


COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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