How to Draw a Bee

This tutorial will walk you through the steps to create an easy yet realistic bee drawing. You will learn how to draw a bee in a few simple steps.

We took the most commonly seen type of bee because it has a familiar shape and is quite easy to draw. It’s probably the best example of learning how to draw a bee.

You need to pay attention to the body composition of the bee by looking closely at the angles we applied in this tutorial. We will draw our bee with a view from the side showing all parts of the bee.

Bees are insects that have many benefits in the system on earth. We must protect the environment so that their habitat is maintained.

Step 1: Start with an oval

Sketch one oval that will be the part where you will place the rest of the bee’s body. After drawing it, we will get a reference for the other part of the drawing. It will make the next steps easier.

Staring the bee drawing with an oval

Step 2: Drawing another oval

We’ve finished drawing the oval that represents the bee’s head. You only need to draw two more oval shapes now. The second oval has to be a little bigger than the first one.

Adding a second oval

Step 3: Adding a bigger oval

Finally add one more oval to our bee drawing. It will be the chest part that we will put all legs on later.

Three overlapping ovals

Step 4: Combining the ovals

After finishing the three ovals, you can see the basic shape of the bee. In our next step, we will combine the ovals by erasing some lines.

Combining the ovals

Step 5: Refining the shapes

We’ve got the basic shape of the bee from the head, chest, and belly. The next step is to make it look more natural and smooth. Therefore you have to refine the basic shapes a little.

Refining the body shapes

Step 6: Drawing the head

Our next step is to start drawing the other parts. We will start from the head by drawing the mouth.

The mouthpart is a proboscis-like shape that has a function for plant pollination in our ecosystem. They do that by brushing away pollen while sucking nectar from flowers. When going to collect nectar, bees use their pointed proboscis. At this step, we will draw it.

After drawing the mouth, we move to the antenna using two simple curved lines, attaching the antenna to the left side of the head, just below the center point.

The next step is to make two eyes by drawing oval shapes and curved lines on the head. The method is easy. You only need to make a curved line on the left of the head, then draw an oval shape on the right.

Drawing the bee's head

Step 7: Addings the wings and the legs

In the next step, we will draw the wings on the bee’s chest or back. We will draw the wings with two long oval shapes.

After that, move on to the legs. On the front legs, we’re going to make it look thinner and for the middle a bit thicker, and bold on the ends. Once we have finished detailing the legs, we will get a proportional bee’s leg shape.

Adding wings and legs

Step 8: Curved lines for the abdomen

Before starting to detail the body, we will add the curved lines on the bee’s abdomen. This part is also called spiracles. Bees do not breathe through the nose but through their bodies’ complex structures of the trachea and air sacs.

Detailing the abdomen

Step 9: Tonal values

After we have finished drawing the basic shape of the whole body of the bee, we will start the detailing stage. We will move to some easy detailing steps.

Let’s start with the eyes. Shade on the eyes and add white indentations in those parts by deleting or using a white pen. It’s to make the bee’s eye shape more visible. Next, we move to shade the head, chest, and legs. After that, start adding details to the bee’s abdomen. There is something unique about it. We will see color differences as patterns similar to zebras.

Tonal values

Step 10: Adding some details

After finishing the tone value step, we will start detailing all parts of the bee’s body. First, start on the head. We are going to add a thin line called the spindle hair. These steps are important to make our bee drawing look more natural.

Adding details

Step 11: A simple drop shadow

In this final step, we will add another little detail to make our bee drawing look more realistic. You only need to add a little drop shadow on the sides of the bee’s body. This shadow makes the bee really look three dimensional.

Adding a drop shadow

Alright, this was how to draw a bee! It may take a little patience because it requires precision when drawing the shapes. Hopefully, with this tutorial, you can draw some beautiful bees by yourself. Good luck and always keep practicing.

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