Learn To Draw A Fierce Bee In Photoshop

Learn To Draw A Fierce Bee In Photoshop

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What We’ll Be Creating

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Preparation

Open up the sketch of the bee inside photoshop then create a new layer above the background layer, label this new layer “White Layer”. The white layer will basically just be a blank screen so we can trace over the pencil lines. Select the “Paint Bucket Tool” (G) then fill the “White Layer” with the color white #ffffff.

Create another layer above your “White Layer” then label this new layer “Line Art”. This layer will be used for us to sketch out the bee onto. Finally select the “White Layer” then set the opacity to around 50%, you might have to adjust the opacity here and there as we go around tracing the original image.

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Tracing The Original

Were now ready to start tracing our lines, select the “Brush Tool” (B) then from the options bar at the top select a 4px hard mechanical brush.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Now select the “Pen Tool” (P) with the following options.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Select an area of the image you want to start work on first then zoom into that area with the “Zoom Tool” (Z). Make sure your “Line Art” layer is selected in the layers window then begin to draw your path following the lines on the original drawing.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Some parts of the image you might struggle to trace all in one go, so just take your time and trace it abit at a time. Once you’ve added some anchor points right click on your canvas and select “Stroke Path” from the menu. Before adding the stroke make sure the color black #000000 is set as your foreground.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Once the stroke has been added to your layer right click once more and select “Delete Path” from the menu.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

You should be left with a 4px line where you added your anchor points. Now continue this method until your have traced the whole image, parts that are colored in black are filled using the “Paint Brush Tool” (B).

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

When tracing the veins on the wings change the brush size to 2px.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Once the whole image is colored in you should have something like this.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Adding Color To The Body

Hide your “Original Layer” then raise the opacity of the “White Layer” back to 100%. Now select the “Magic Wand Tool” (W) with the “Line Art” layer selected select the body areas.

Quick Tip:

Holding down the shift key will allow you to make multiple selections.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Now that the selections are active create a new layer underneath the “Line Art Layer” and label it “Body”, then before filling the selection we need to expand the selection. To expand the selection go to “Select > Modify > Expand”, expand the selection by 1px then fill your selections with the color #e2e000. Finally deselect the selection by press “Ctrl + D”.

Quick Tip:

Remember to expand the selection everytime you fill a selection, if you don’t you might get white lines around your colored areas.

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Now add a “Inner Shadow” to the body layer using the settings below.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Coloring The Eyes

Create 3 new layers underneath the “Line Art” layer, label the 3 layers “Eyes”, “Eyes 2” and “Eyes 3”. Now select the “Magic Wand Tool” (W) then select the “Line Art” layer, with the “Line Art” layer selected make a selection on the bee’s pupils.

Quick Tip:

Holding down the shift key will allow you to make multiple selections.

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Once the selection has been made select the “Eyes 3” layer then select the “Paint Bucket Tool” (G). Fill the bee’s pupils with the color white #ffffff. Now select the “Line Art” layer again then make a selection around the next part of the eyes again using the “Magic Wand Tool” (W).

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Once the selection has been made select the “Eyes Layer” and fill (G) the selection with any color. Now add a gradient overlay to the “Eyes Layer” using the settings below.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Finally repeat the process for the last part of the eye, only this time add the following layer styles.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Coloring The Wings

Select the “Line Art Layer” then make a multiple selection on the wings area using the “Magic Wand Tool” (W).

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Quick Tip:

Holding down the shift key will allow you to make multiple selections.

While the selections are active create a new layer underneath the “Line Art Layer” then label the new layer “Wings”. Fill (G) the selections with the color white #ffffff then add the following layer styles.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

The result.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Coloring The Teeth

Select the “Line Art Layer” then make a selection around the teeth using the “Magic Wand Tool” (W).

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

While the selection is active create a new layer underneath the “Line Art Layer” then label the new layer “Teeth”. Fill (G) the selections with the color white #ffffff then add the following layer styles.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

You should be left with something like this.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Coloring The Sting

Select the “Line Art Layer” then make a selection around the sting using the “Magic Wand Tool” (W).

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

While the selection is active create a new layer underneath the “Line Art Layer” then label the new layer “Sting”. Fill (G) the selections with the color white #ffffff then add a gradient overlay using the settings below.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Create another layer this time above your “Sting Layer” label this new layer “Sting Shine”. Now make a selection across half of the sting.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Fill (G) the selection with the color white #ffffff then add a layer mask. Once the mask has been added drag a linear gradient from the top of the sting down towards the bottom.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Coloring The Glove

Finally select the “Line Art Layer” in the layers window, then select the “Magic Wand Tool” (W). With the “Magic Wand Tool” (W) selected make a selection around the glove.

Quick Tip:

Holding down the shift key will allow you to make multiple selections.

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Create a new layer underneath the “Line Art Layer” then label the new layer “Gloves”, while the selection is active fill (G) the selection with a deep red color #db0000 then add a inner shadow using the settings below.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Now remake the selection around the glove, then create a new layer above the “Gloves Layer” and label the new layer “Gloves Shine”. Go to “Select > Modify > Contract” then contract the selection by 20px. Fill (G) the selection with the color white #ffffff, you should have something like this.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Add a layer mask to the “Gloves Shine Layer” then drag a radial gradient from the middle of the glove outwards.

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Set the opacity of the “Gloves Shine Layer” to 28%, you should now have something like this.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Creating The Background

Create a new layer above the “White Layer” then label the new layer “Background”. Reset the background and foreground colors (D) then add the clouds filter “Filter > Render > Clouds”.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

To the “Background Layer” also add a motion blur using the settings below “Filter > Blur > Motion Blur”.

Learn How To Draw A Fierce Bee

Finally add a gradient overlay to the “Background Layer” using the settings below.

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That’s it all done.

Conclusion

Thanks for taking part in this tutorial, if you managed to finish this tutorial I’d love to see some of your results. Feel free to post them up on our Facebook Fan Page.

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About the Author Wilma Hamlin

Wilma Hamlin is a creative designer & writer. She writes for Crayonify. Being a designer as well she use to create amazing designs using many tools. In her lesuire time she love to read books and tries to learn new designs.

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15 comments
InfamousLA says

Great tut.

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rajasegar says

Hi Richard, now you started illustrating in Photoshop hmmmm, Great work by the way, thanks for sharing…

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Ashish says

Wow, final result is really very awesome…!

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illustratorcs6 says

VERY NICE TECHNIQUES! Learnt something new today:-)

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website designer uk says

This is really helpful for me..thanks for sharing this…

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Md Badaruddin says

Of course this is a real tutorial for all designers. Thanks for this tips.

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febin says

excellant..exactly what i was searching for

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shine says

Richard Carpenter,
Great Work……….

You are too handsome.

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PsdDude says

very angry bee… it looks like it means bizzznezzz ;)

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Martin From Kenya says

i what to start digital painting in Photoshop and what an introduction. I will be your fan from now on. Cheers to this good job.

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Johnny says

for the first time in my life, my best tutorial to find on web. Richard Carpenter i love you man, this work says you are not jealous, like other guys tutorial’s which are not worth following.

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Photoshop Tutorials says

Nice tutorial also shared on my website

:)

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noor says

its so nice tutorial (i like it ) :)

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xtwo says

woww.. keren euy.. I liked it..

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