How to Draw a Cartoon Bee

Cartoon bee with yellow and black stripes, and big eyes.

So what's all the buzz? Drawing a cartoon bee of course! Here, I'll show you how to create a cute little buzzing insect of your own - one that shares a similar resemblance to a real bee.

In this case, I've drawn the bee so that it's positioned vertically - as it may look if it were to hover upright during mid-flight. If you like, compare this cartoon to a photo - note the similarities and differences.

And also, as you're moving on through this lesson, please feel free to explore some of your own ideas. Change the look as you see fit and you'll have something that is uniquely yours when you're all finished.

Let's buzz!

Cartoon bee framework drawing.

First Step - Cartoon Bee Framework

Using a framework to help maintain proportion in your drawings is a great idea. And so, we'll do just that here.

But first - before you draw anything... take a look at the finished framework to your left. That's what it should resemble once you've finished the first three steps below. The wings of your framework (represented by the triangles) should actually be drawn in last.

And so, here's how to go about the first three steps of creating a framework for your cartoon bee drawing, beginning with the three core parts of the body...

Drawing three ovals for a cartoon bee. Determining center lines for a cartoon bee. Positioning where arms connect on a cartoon bee.

Just like a real bee, ours is divided into three segments - head, thorax and abdomen. Draw them as overlapping circles and ovals just as I've done above. Then, go ahead and place a cross and centerline accordingly --- great for keeping things symmetrical.

Oh, and how about those six grey spots? Well, those are markers for where each limb (six in total) will begin. You'll see this come into play soon enough... don't forget to keep your lines nice and light during the framework phase!

OK, let's start drawing this cartoon bee, beginning with the head...

Second Step - Drawing the Head of Your Bee

With a framework and cross in place to help guide you along, take out a pen or marker and get busy drawing the features of your bee's face...

Drawing the face of a cartoon bee. Drawing the head of a cartoon bee.

Notice I've kept things very simple here - the eyes and mouth align almost perfectly with the cross, and the head -- well, the head IS the circle from the framework! No problem.

Let's move on to those limbs now...

Third Step - Drawing the Limbs of Your Cartoon Bee

Alright, I'm going to zoom right in for this part so you can see how I've overlapped the limbs in the following steps...

Drawing the first legs of the bee. Drawing the second legs of the bee. Drawing the third legs of the bee.

As you move on down the thorax, the limbs of this particular bee will overlap. So, because the top set will in fact be set on top - draw them first. Remember to use the markers as starting points and the centerline to help you keep symmetry.

Then, when the first set's all done, draw in the remaining sets of limbs. You won't have to draw as much with respect to the bottom set of course. They're being overlapped by the above two sets of limbs.

Looking real good now!... let's wrap things up with the body, wings, and final details...

Final Step - Draw the Body, Wings and Details

Well, your bee's just about ready to buzz on off now, but of course - there are still a few things left to do. Obviously - this bee's got to have a body. Use the thorax and abdomen circle and oval guidelines to help you draw yours.

Use the examples below to help...

Drawing the body of the cartoon bee. Drawing the stripes and wings of the bee.

And then, add some wings, the antennae, and of course - don't forget some lines along the abdomen for those trademark yellow and black stripes! Do this and then be sure to take out the underlying framework with a nice quality eraser. All that's left is your cartoon bee!

Now... does it have to stop here? Not at all! If you like, make a few more changes to your bee. For example - I was going for the 'cute' look here. But hey - maybe your bee is a 'killer' bee! By all means, change yours so that it suits your liking. A nice big stinger would work quite well I'm sure! ;-)

Well, no more to add here! You're all finished and you've got a neat little cartoon bee drawing to show for it! Congrats on a job well done!