Every time I draw I learn something. I think art is constant experimentation and exploration and these little dictionary drawings, although simple, have provided me with some terrific problem solving opportunities. I have been struggling to try and pop some highlights into the drawings but couldn't find anything that added the right, bright white. I am using micron pens and assorted colored pencils and pastel pencils but I couldn't get any white versions of those materials to show up.
I've thought about getting out a little gouache but I really didn't want to use a wet medium in the drawing stage. Today I decided to try a little white charcoal BEFORE I started using my colored pencils and "yes-sir-ee-bob" - that worked. I really like the dash of bright white on the tips of the wings. I discovered that it just wouldn't stick to the other mediums but it loved to be applied directly to the paper.
Now, if any of you are butterfly specialists be adviced - this fellow isn't really any particular variety. I just played with patterns and colors and created my very own. If he resembles any specific butterfly - well, that's another happy accident.