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Monarch 1I have a strong attachment to butterflies and years ago I created a series of butterfly paintings that were used on notecards. I am sharing only the Monarch butterfly illustrations here and I’ve included my layout and close-ups.

Art director's notes and layout.

Art director’s notes and layout.

This is a male monarch because of the black spot on the lower wings.

This is a male monarch because of the black spot on the lower wings.

My photo reference.

My photo reference. I “rented” this specimen.

Close up of my painting.

Close up of my painting.

Butterfly Notecards front Butterfly Notecards backMy blog where I describe my technique with a lot more information is at: http://foodartist.wordpress.comButterfly notecards

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Author: Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!


  1. Hi, Judy. Your illustrations are wonderful! I have written and illustrated a children’s book that you might like to see. AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale. You can find it on my blog if you’d like to take a peek: http://www.4writersandreaders.com A fellow butterfly lover, Bette

    • Thank you so much, Bette! I looked at your blog and it is fantastic. I am honored that you bookmarked my stuff and look forward to sharing more butterfly illustrations soon.

  2. p.s. I’ve bookmarked your post! Bette


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