Now, I draw over what I have marked out in pencil with a pen. Take good care when shading around the spots and add the top pair of legs in.
The abdomen is next and this is where it gets a little tricky. From the base of the thorax, make a line down the middle of the abdomen. You can improve the general shape of the abdomen too. Using a photo or living subject, work out how the pattern goes and count the many times it is repeated. Once you have done that, you can group each set of spots and stripes of the pattern together and you can divide your dragonfly's abdomen up. For example, my hairy dragonfly had a set of spots and stripes that got repeated 8 times, so I divided my drawing's abdomen into roughly 8 parts.
With a pen, draw round the outline shape first before you start on the pattern. Start from the top and work down, making the pattern smaller and smaller as you go. In my hairy dragonfly's pattern, the pattern went; line, line, two sqaures, line, line, two sqaures with the areas inbetween being black. You need to keep close attention to the pattern as it can change half way down or include something really tiny in it.
With one tricky part done, it is time for the next, the wings. From the base of each wing on the thorax, draw in a basic wing-shape four times. Be aware though, the top two are slightly different to the bottom two.
Damselflies are smaller than dragonflies and always land with their wings closed unlike a dragonfly which land with wings open. To draw a damselfly, you need a circle for a head, an oval for the thorax and a long, thin 'carrot'-shape for the abdomen.
Now add in the details. Shade in the lines of the pattern, draw in the legs and the wings.
Draw over in pen and use the same technique I have used to create the wings.
Then finally colour in. And thats it. As you can see Damselflies are slightly easier to draw than dragonflies.
I hope this has helped you in drawing these brilliant insects next time you are watching them from your pond? Until next time, keep drawing!!