How to Draw Bee Hives With Illustrator

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Drawing bee hives with Illustrator will require careful use of the rounded rectangle tool. Find out how to draw bee hives with Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a Graphic Artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a beehive in Illustrator. So, the first thing you're going to do is go over to this tool which on the left side which is the shape tool and go down to the rounded rectangle tool. The reason I'm going to use the rounded rectangle is it will give me that kind of bumpy feeling that a beehive has. So, I'm just going to draw basic shape, a basic beehive rounded rectangle. And so, then, what you're going to do is hold down option, just drag it down and this all depends on how big you want your beehive. So, I'm going to make a relatively small one; so, I'm only going to do three of these little rounded rectangles. And I'm just, make sure that the bump is showing enough. So, and then, you can actually even copy it again; but then, this time you're going to shrink it down a little bit so that you've got, you can do that and then, just copy the shape and paste it directly below, like that. And if you want, you can even make it more rounded, but I'm just going to show you how to make the shapes first to get that beehive shape and then I will show you how to round the rest of these. Okay. So, we're almost finished with our beehive. Okay. And then, I'm just going to copy it one more time and this one is going to be in the middle like this. And I'm just going to copy and paste that right below and then for the top part, you're going to go back to your shape tool and use the ellipse tool and you're going to draw an oval. And actually what you can do is just take this off to the side, go to the direct selection tool, just draw a little rectangle over the, actually the bottom of your circle, delete so that way you now have a half circle. You can just that right on top there and then you can copy that and then just, go to, you can hold down control then right click, go to transform, reflect and you're going to do a horizontal reflection and just flip it and here you've got your, great. So, this is beginning to look like a beehive and we're going to zoom out just a little bit. Okay. And so, now what you're going to want to do is go back to your direct selection tool and just select some of your anchor points and mess around with those so that you can make this beehive look more beehivish. And what I'm doing here is just stretching it out a little bit and so, I'm just going to actually delete the first, the bottom three and just take this and copy it and do exactly what I did before on, and go to control, transform, reflect and do it horizontal. And now, I can put that right back where it is on the other side. Okay. So, here's your basic beehive. So, I'm going to go to pathfinder and this window should be opened, but if it's not, you can just go to window and pathfinder and it should be just right there. And then, you're going to select this shape which is going to unite your shape to become one shape. And then, if you want like a, a, an outline, you can select whichever color; let's actually do a really dark yellow 'cause it's a beehive. Okay. So, most beehives actually have like a little hole in them where the bees will come out in and off; so, I'm just going to select really dark color and just put that there. Okay. So, what's missing from this beehive is these lines, the, the kind of line that indicates that this nature object is actually layered, it's cured. So, what we're going to do is we're going to make some lines just to make that beehive look more like a beehive. So, I'm just going to drag some lines across, like so and then just do it all the way down, that way you can get your beehive-look. I'm almost done here. And then if this happens which is my circle being overlapped by that line, just push command C, delete it, re-paste it and it'll show right, it will come right back on, but it'll actually be above the line there. And there is your beehive. My name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you make a beehive in Illustrator. Thank you.

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