How to Paint a Bumble Bee

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Painting nature is one of the oldest pastimes in the art world. Everyone from Gauguin to Picasso did some sort of natural rendering. The bumble bee is a fascinating and whimsical animal. Learn how to paint a bumble bee, and be well on your way to a masterpiece.

Things You'll Need

  • Canvas or paper
  • Paint brush
  • Paint (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  • Decide how big you want your painting to be. Locate a canvas or paper adequate for the size of your bumble bee painting.

  • Find natural pictures of the bumble bee in nature. Search online for bumble bee pictures or visit a bookstore or library for inspiration on various bumble bees.

  • Make a photocopy of the bumble bee you want to paint. Enlarge the bumble bee picture so you can see all of the detail.

  • Trace the bumble bee onto tracing paper for easier rendering of the bee, or simply make a light sketch of the bee on your paper.

  • Start with the body of the bee, concentrating on the thorax and head as this is where the personality of the bee will come through. Pay special attention to the wings in your drawing.

  • Select the paint medium you would like to use; oil, watercolor, acrylic. Find a goldenrod yellow and a matte black to use for the bee. Again pay special attention to the detail on the bee's wings and eyes, and especially the texture of the bee's furry body.

  • Paint your bee, referring periodically to the picture for anatomical and coloring suggestions. Use your creativity and give the bee your own touch, filling in its habitat in the painting as you see fit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tracing the bee and blowing it up to the size you want can be an efficient, yet not as satisfying, method of drawing the bee. Try to draw it on your own before resorting to tracing.
  • Experiment with color combinations for the yellow to find the right color for your bumble bee. Refer to vibrant nature photographs and try to match what you see using the color wheel for guidance.

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