Home » View by Media » Painting » How to Draw a Ladybug

How to Draw a Ladybug

Learn how to draw a ladybug with more detail than just a red body and some black spots. There’s a lot more to them than that.

How to draw a ladybug

How to draw a ladybug

Mix a little science and art by drawing a ladybug with all her cool details.

For starters, did you know her seven black dots are symmetrical, and her legs have sections and curved feet? Drawing is all about noticing the details, so this is a good place to start.

After your ladybug is drawn, consider painting her a color other than red. Did you know there are about 5000 different species, including those that are black, orange, and even pink?


*The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra expense to you.


You can find many more my “Botanicals, Fish & Insects” ebook located in my PDF Shop.

It’s actually three books in one, with a total of 30 drawing and painting tutorials for all kinds of pretty plants, colorful fish and science-y insects.

All come with a full page sample, student tutorial, coloring page, and gray line art for tracing. Perfect for mixing a little science with your art, or art with your science.

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Ladybug

  1. Draw the “pronotum”.

  2. Draw the “elytra” below.

  3. Add the head and antennae.

  4. Draw two front legs.

  5. Add two middle legs.

  6. Add back legs and seven spots.

  7. Trace with a black crayons and paint red.

  8. Add more red to one side to make a shadow.

  9. Paint the rest of the body black.

Draw Easy Ladybugs

ladybug drawing

Draw with a permanent black marker and you can just paint right over your cute little bugs. Red is always nice, but who says they can’t be rainbow colored too? When you are the artist, anything is possible.

• Mixed media paper
• Circle template, card stock or otherwise
• Sharpie marker, black chisel tip
• Liquid watercolor paint

1. Students trace circles on their paper until it is full. Remember, space is needed between the ladybugs for legs, etc.

2. Small heads are added to the bugs, along with center lines, V-shaped ends, antennae and spots.

3. The drawings are traced with a Sharpie marker.

4. The bugs are painted with watercolor.

5. The background is painted as well.

Leave a Reply