How To Draw a Honey Bee on a MannLake Beehive with Pyrography Realistic Rendering

okay so here we are we’re gonna do
I guess my third You-tube presentation of a pyrography project what I’m showing
you here is my second one and the first one that I video there is at the bottom
and I’m showing you my reference material we’re gonna do apis mellifera
again which is the honeybee there she is dead center up there and this honeybee
is going to be a guard bee I have the Poly color pencils here if I decide to
color it in with oil-based pencils and there’s the sharpener that I just got and carbon paper you want to get full
sheets of carbon paper so that you can lay out your initial rendering and this
is the razor tip power pack here that we’re gonna run on our burner tips from
these things are really nice if you notice I have seven tips now so we’re
gonna experiment with some other tips the last ones I did I only used three
different tips got my village Victorian bed-and-breakfast coffee cup they’re
from Morrisville Vermont and this is the wood panel it’s from a deep box mann lake
makes it this is their intermediate quality they have one better and quality
level that’s worse and about my little worker bee here but she’s a guard
Bee as you can see she’s raising up and her four limbs are in the air ready to
grab interlopers so I thought this would be an interesting project
that’s plenty big this is a side panel again I don’t know if I said that and
we’ll put this box together after we finish burning this image on it there’s lots of stray marks and stuff on
it and it’s just just the way it came in the box here and we’re probably gonna
start out by burning the head here you start with your high cuz it’s gonna be
the darkest area don’t get overly detailed with your initial sketch just
make sure you’ve got the parameters in the shape and kind of the attitude of
everything down right you can do a pencil sketch first and then trace your
final sketch through graphite paper which is erasable this is graphite paper
that came with the razor tip package I have not used it yet that’s a pretty
large sheet so I’m sticking with the eight-and-a-half by eleven these are the
four tips I’m going to be using the ballpoint the Arrowhead shader there
and the round flat shader and the knife blade at the top I’m gonna start with
the ball tip here and you’re just gonna start outlining
the eye and of course we’re starting with the darkest part of the illustration and
then we’ll work dark to light and notice I’ve outlined the highlight on the eye
and you don’t want to touch that because what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna
darken everything around the highlight areas and that will make them even more
prominent so we’ll do a little scumbling here which is just a bunch of random
circles that start to build up the values or we could go into just making
contour lines which follow the shape that we’re trying to convince people
that the eye has you could do the whole thing with contour lines if you wanted
to I think on this one we’re just gonna do the eyes and maybe the legs with
contour lines and that would make it look interesting and unusual and again
make sure and don’t run any marks into that highlight that’s why you want to
outline those when you’re doing your layout here and these are the antennae
and when you’re picking an image to do you could get something that has
simplified images already like you could get pages from a coloring book there are
lots of nature coloring books for example and then you could pick one of
those pages put a graphite sheet under it and outline that right on to your box
or a piece of wood and then use pyrography to finish it in any way you
like and or you can freehand stuff I don’t recommend free handing when you’re
gonna be burning the wood because every mark you make is gonna be there it’s not
like you can just lightly sketch in and build it up although that may be a neat
effect unto itself but you probably want to come up with a simpler outline that’s
pretty pretty much what you want so we’re gonna work on the mandible here and someone recently asked me on youtube
if honeybees have teeth well this is kind of the closest thing to it they
have their mandibles here that they they pinch with and they drag drones out with
and they shape honeycomb with it and they bite their enemies and they bite
people sometimes and it’s the closest thing to teeth that they have we’ve come back and revisit the eye here
and just keep working it up darkening things as we go and then the darker we
make the eyes and the legs and things like that the lighter of course the hair
and other parts of the body will appear and now we’ll do a little pointillism
just because it’s fun to create an image with dots depending on how long you hold
it in one spot and how much you push it in the larger deeper darker the dots
will be and these eyes are very interesting anyway when you look at them
up close even though they’re shiny and appear smooth you’ll see that they have
compound eyes with lots of little facets in them and we’ll just keep burning it up here
get over here on the bee’s knees look at all the moisture that’s rising out of
the there’s pine sap coming up out of this pox which is actually kind of cool
because it boils and sizzles here under the tip but then as soon as I move the
heat away it sets up so it’s like an instant varnish kind of of pine sap I thinking we’re just gonna keep
following what you think the contour is that that leg would be you know make
this be like distinctive and somewhat dramatic and since she’s the defender of
the hive we want her to look dramatic and kind of like she could take on anything give her lots of power it’s kind of
looking cool I think I’m gonna start to work in these hind legs here and it really if you’re gonna do artwork
of something like a bee that has lots of intricate parts and textures is a great
way to further your understanding of their Anatomy and appreciate really how
interesting their design is and how functional they
are when you have to sketch or draw and in this case use pyrography for
something you’re really going to get a better understanding of and appreciation
for all the parts of the bee and remember this is a guard be and
guard bees do just what the name says they card the colony they might be found
on the landing board or at the entry reducer and you’ll see them momentarily
grab every bee or touch every bee or smell every bee as it comes in from the
field and other guard bees are inside the colony kind of running around in
groups checking up on everyone and if something doesn’t smell right or
somebody doesn’t belong they will run them right out and they do that by
biting initially and then stinging if they have to I’m showing a pretty low
angle here to kind of showcase how deeply embossed the surface of the wood is
for this method so when you’re using pyrography you’re really burning a
physical indentation as well as darkening the wood it’s very interesting we’re looking at the fore limbs look how
shiny they are because again the SAP rose up out of the wood and then reset
close up to the four limbs here how intricate they are I think it’s looking
pretty good I like the contour lines as a way of
defining the the legs the antennae the mandibles and now we’re gonna go to the
blade which is what we’re gonna use to lay in all the hairs here the ball point
would be just too thick for that purpose and in the areas where you see the SAP
rising out there it takes a lot more heat and a lot more time to darken the
wood there but the effect is interesting and unexpected you can’t really plan on
that kind of moisture being in the wood but I can’t say I’m mad about it it’s
creating some interesting texture and glossyness here then we’re coming along these light
hairs that are underneath the head of the bee and you can be as detailed as
you want or you can cut back and just do simple outlines of where you think the hair
line would be there’s no way to mess it up again you can just have fun with it
it’s still going to be a bee box no matter what you do to it so it is
functional art and these tips I guess for making hairs
this is about the best tool you can turn it over here and do it with the backside
of it but doesn’t seem to work as well as when you’re using the long edge but
you know what a bee’s body is composed of a long and short hairs fine hairs and
thick hairs and some are soft and some are rigid and there’s that it’s hard to get
a dark mark here and we have the dial turned up to about
a six and a half now I don’t know what my next project is
gonna be but I guess I’ve done the regular worker bee now we’re doing this
guard bee maybe the next one will be a forager that’s coming in with a bunch of
pollen on its hind leg or something like that that looks pretty cool I’m
satisfied with the the shape of the lengths we’ll just build them up make
them a little darker here but the thorax is shaped up well the fuzz on the head
is good just a close-up here to show you where we’re coming from we still have
some darkening to do and a lot of shading to do but the hairs and shape is
pretty convincing I think so far just keep working up the contours and look
how dark I made the joint they’re high contrast this is the key to creating a
dramatic image on the box you know we’re a little higher than a six here I do
like these tools because you can swap them out they cool down fast
so you just unplug one plug in another and get right back into it so you can
swap tools as often as you like it’s it’s a very handy kit I have to say putting some legs here her hairs on the
legs these are the hind legs you know kind of paddle shape that is these are
the hind legs where the pollen would be stored if this became a foraging Bee right
now it’s a guard bee you won’t see any pollen on her but the hairs on their
hind legs there will be super stiff and they’ll actually be kind of curved
better than I’m showing here where they would be designed to hold the pollen and
all these little hairs around the joints and stuff very interesting if you
haven’t really looked at bee’s feet up close I recommend you do it because it’s
impressive the number of joints and how how delicate they really look it’s
amazing the amount of work they do with them we’re back up here on the abdomen
just adding some patches of hair we’re gonna do most of the work on the abdomen
through shading and not so much with hair work ups and there it is this
looking pretty good and now I have this little shading iron trying it out for
the first time cranked it up to six and a half almost seven because it’s a lot
of metal and I want to do some shading there so much moisture it’s coming out
of the wood here that it’s almost impossible to darken it the way I want
to I’m gonna give it a try but when there’s
a lot of moisture present like that it creates an interesting finish but it
really is preventing me from burning it as dark as I need it to be come back and
visit the eye here I don’t know this iron it’s pretty thick this shading piece
I’ve seen people do entire pyrography works with it on YouTube I’ve looked at
some other channels but I’m probably gonna shift over to one of the more flat
shaders so I can try it out these tools are new to me so I’m
actually testing it on my actual project which is probably not a great idea you
want to probably test it out and just scrap pieces of wood that you’re not going
to use but I don’t think we’ll ruin it here’s another shader that I got the
spoon shader I’m gonna see how that goes and we’ll crank up the electricity here
a little bit and it’s okay kinda makes a dark Center probably have the heat a little too high
here is a lot of smoke coming off you can back that down a little and I’ve shifted now to a flat shader
we’re doing the wings you can put little tiny dots on wings they have that I’m
just gonna shade it in to indicate them and there’s the whole picture I think
I’m gonna kind of abandon this project now I think that’s where I’m gonna leave
it looks like a Bee contour lines are okay did not cast a shadow someone didn’t
like that on the last one and I’m just gonna sign my name here and I hope you
come up with maybe a wood burning project of your own or some way of
customizing your beeboxes and maybe you’ll do a YouTube and share what your
ideas were I don’t know what my next project will be but I appreciate those
of you who are watching and that wanted these tutorials it’s kind of a new
territory here for my youtube channel but I’m definitely happy to burn the Bee
boxes for you and share how I do it and what I choose so there’s the whole thing
so this will be the side of the deep box and we’ll probably put some kind of
urethane coating on it to protect it against the weather you will see how it
goes thanks for watching

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