I have braved my freezing work room today and made some sketches of the BIG SIX British Bumble bees. The lazy artist, that I often am, usually wants to miss out this stage of the work. There are very nice examples of Bumble bee patterns on the internet which I could just print out. But, when I do take the trouble, I am always glad because sketching them will help me remember the differences.
Queens,Workers and Males.
I have said before that I am not a scientific illustrator but I do like to try to get things right and one problem of drawing Bumble bees is that they vary, male, to female, to worker, sometimes in colour, size and pattern, And then there are some variations within each species. So a reference colour chart of males and queens/workers to refer to will be a help, along with a few notes of flowers etc. Most of this information comes from the Natural History Museum’s site and the very excellent Bumblebee.org, which I have quoted from before.
The welcome sun glancing across my sketchbook gets to my work room at 4 pm, before that it is icy, but they have promised a change tomorrow…hurrah ..
and, should I forget these temperatures when I am struggling to keep cool in the summer, I took this photo of our icy apartment block roof this morning… I know, it’s nothing compared with some parts of both the USA and the UK but it’s still hellish cold..if that’s possible :)..