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How to Draw a Bee Hive

Easy, step by step Bee Hive drawing tutorial
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"I'm just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I'm only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me."
- Winnie the Pooh, "Little Black Rain Cloud," The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

In popular culture, beehives are often involved in honey gathering or a character being stung by a swarm of angry bees. We see one example of this in Winnie the Pooh, quoted above. Other animated films, such as Bee Movie, are centered entirely around this hard-working animal.

Are bees really just waiting to sting you? No. European and domestic honey bees are gentle and difficult to anger. They don't want to sting you, because if they do, they lose their stinger and die. They will only sting if they feel threatened. There are some bee species - Africanized honey bees, yellow jackets, murder hornets - that are aggressive and dangerous to humans. Beekeepers lookout for dangerous specimens and remove them from non-native environments.

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Bees are becoming ever more popular in fashion and popular culture. Colony collapse disorder and other dangers threaten bee populations worldwide. Because pollination by bees is imperative to our food supply, many organizations now sell t-shirts and accessories with a "Save the Bees" motif.

Would you like to draw a cartoon beehive? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Bee, Flower Garden, and Dragonfly.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bee Hive

Bee Hive drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 01

1. Begin by drawing the tree branch. Use curved lines of various lengths to draw the branch and twigs. Each twig should culminate in a sharp point.

Bee Hive drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 02

2. Next, draw the beehive. Extend a pair of curved lines downward from the branch. Then, draw curved lines outward from each side of these. Draw another curved line beneath them, and an oval beneath that. Then, enclose several successively smaller curved shapes beneath the oval.

Bee Hive drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 03

3. Draw an opening in the beehive. Draw a circle across its center, and a curved line across the top of the circle. Erase as necessary.

Bee Hive drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 04

4. Texture the surface of the beehive with curved lines and small circles.

Bee Hive drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 05

5. Draw leaves at the tip of each twig. For each leaf, extend a curved line from the twig. From the base of this line, extend two curved lines. Bring the lines to meet at a point just beyond the end of the original line. Then, draw short curved lines extending from the original line to form the leaf veins.

Bee Hive drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 06

6. Begin to outline the bees. For each bee, start with a circle. This will become the bee's head. Then, extend a curved line behind the head and double it back upon itself to form the oval-shaped body.

Bee Hive drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 07

7. Band the bees with curved lines, creating their characteristic stripes. Use two curved lines to enclose the triangular stingers.

Bee Hive drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 08

8. Draw the bee's wings, erasing as necessary. For each wing, extend a curved line from the bee's back. Double it back upon itself to form a rounded teardrop shape. Detail the wings with veins. Draw lines across the wings, with shorter lines branching from them.

Bee Hive drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 09

9. Draw the bee's faces, erasing as necessary. Use large circles for the eyes, with successively smaller circles inside. Create a smiling mouth with curved lines. For the antennae, extend curved lines from the top of the head. Conclude each by shading a small circle.

Complete Bee Hive drawing
How to Draw a Bee Hive Step 10

Color your bee hive. Bees are typically banded in black and yellow. Then, feed your bees! You'll find plenty of flowers among our plants drawing guides.

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