No 1 bee of the 16 bees will be a Bumble Bee. However, deciding how to draw a Bumble Bee is not as simple as it might seem. If you draw them from the top to show the lovely markings you will not see their heads or tails because, they, more than any other bees, have a very curved shape. Seen from the side you will see just how long their bodies are, and see more of the head. They also have big long legs!
What to do? Well as I am planning to include 4 bumble bees in the set, I will paint a mixture of views, having looked at each and thought about their best feature. In some I will have to sacrifice the head for the pattern, its a hard choice.
But firstly some more studies, to try to understand more about bee anatomy.
Then some general sketches which are done from the little bee I brought back from the UK and some photographic references.
Tomorrow some more studies of my bee, which is Bombus hortorum the Garden Bumble Bee.