How to Draw a Bee

This lesson will help you learn how to draw a bee and how to create a basic standing posture for this adorable cartoon insect. Indeed, I will show you how to illustrate this character using a basic step-by-step lesson. Then, we will work on postures and facial expressions to see how a simple modification can create something completely different.

Bees are fun to learn how to draw. These amazing insects are easily recognizable with their black stripes and yellow body, but that's not it! Let's see what makes these creatures so special. :)

How to Draw a Bee

Above is the final illustration used for this tutorial. Let me show you a few things you must be aware of before proceeding with this tutorial.

  1. Some hair are added on top of the head.
  2. The head is made from a diamond shape.
  3. More hair can be found on the cheeks.
  4. Arms are thin and made from small rectangles.
  5. Don't forget to add a sting below the body.
  6. The legs and feet are small and tiny.
  7. Large black stripes on the body.
  8. Tiny wings made from long curved lines.
  9. Large eyes.
  10. Antennas created from curved lines.

Good! You don't need to remember all these features for now, but it's a good idea to take a look at this list before proceeding with this lesson on how to draw a bee. Ready? Let's draw!

Step 1 - Adding Simple Shapes

First, it's a good idea to sketch a few basic shapes to create a simple guideline. You can start by adding a diamond to form the head. The body is made from a short and thick oval shape. The arms and legs are done using thin (but long) rectangles. Finally, the sting is illustrated with an irregular triangle.

How to Draw a Bee

Step 2 - It's Time to Learn How to Draw a Bee!

Using the template created previously, you can now use several curved and straight lines to illustrate this insect. Remember to leave some room on top of the head and near the cheeks to add hair later in this step-by-step lesson. The sting can be pointed and the feet are quite small. I also draw a tiny neck to create the illusion of a large head. You can now erase the orange shapes used as a guideline.

How to Draw a Bee

Step 3 - Working Inside and Around the Head

It's time to draw a few lines on top of the head and near the cheeks to create hair. Antennas are made from curved (and broken) lines with a small oval shape near the end. The eyes are represented by large circles and smaller ones are used for the pupils. Complete this third step by drawing a long curved line to form the mouth.

How to Draw a Bee

Step 4 - Stripes and Wings

This lesson on how to draw a bee is coming along very nicely. Inside the body, draw six curved lines as shown below to illustrate the black stripes. Then, draw four long and thin wings using curved lines. That's it for the drawing aspect of this lesson! Let's add colors now!

How to Draw a Bee

Step 5 - Black and Yellow

Yes, you will need a lot of yellow to fill in this adorable insect. As you can see below, the head, the body, the arms and the legs are all filled with a bright yellow color. The stripes and sting are black (although I have used a dark grey color for better readability) and the wings are blue. Excellent! Now that this lesson on how to draw a bee is completed, let's see how we can work on posture.

How to Draw a Bee

Standing. Probably the Most Boring Posture Ever!

When drawing a cartoon character with no particular purpose in mind, the first posture we are usually selecting is a standing one. It's not the most exciting option, but it's a safe one to use if you are not sure how your cartoon character should look like.

Now that you know how to draw a bee (standing position) using basic shapes, let's keep the same posture while changing the arms and the facial expressions (or both).

1. Because I'm Happy!

In this first attempt, only the mouth was modified. See how this cartoon bee seems friendlier and warmer? Simply adding a little bit of red (the tongue) also changes the dynamic of this illustration. Let's keep this huge smile on the face of our character and let's try something else. 

How to Draw a Bee

2. With Arms Wide Open

Same smile and posture as step number one only this time the arms are wide open. Looking at this character, we feel welcomed and appreciated. I never thought I'd say this, but I feel like I want to hug this cute little cartoon bee! Don't you? ;)

How to Draw a Bee

3. A Good Presentation

Another nice alternative in our attempt to learn how to draw a bee with a perfect standing posture is to place one hand on the hips and the other one remains open. In this case, the character looks like someone presenting products. It's a nice variation, but is the open mouth relevant?

How to Draw a Bee

4. Close Your Mouth!

This is the same posture as the one found above, but this time the mouth is closed. The character feels a little bit more serious and wise. See how a simple modification can change the whole illustration?

How to Draw a Bee

5. That's it for Now!

What is he thinking? Maybe he's looking for a new posture to illustrate! Who knows? 

How to Draw a Bee

Body Language is Important

We could create tons of new postures using this cute cartoon bee. These few examples should help you figure out how to draw a bee with a perfect posture depending on the message you want to convey. Don't hesitate to play with all the features of the character.

Whether you are playing with the eyes, the mouth, the arms, the legs or any other part that can be relevant, just make sure you are illustrating exactly what you want to depict.

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