Drawing a Beehive

Drawing a beehive can be tricky. The major difficulty is getting the hive itself centered and the bees placed an equal distance around it.

Here’s a series of steps to handle this design:

Illustration of step 1Draw a large box where the beehive will go.
Illustration of step 2Connect the corners.
Illustration of step 3Draw two lines from the top and left side of the box. These lines should start roughly 1/3rd of the way from the upper left corner and continue until they meet on the diagonal line.
Illustration of step 4Extend lines right and down from the place where the lines meet. Continue these lines until they meet the other diagonal lines.
Illustration of step 5Continue new lines from these points to make a square in the center of the big box.
Illustration of step 6Make a rectangle at the bottom of the square. It should be thin and extend a little beyond the left and right sides.
Illustration of step 7Draw a line going up from the rectangle’s center. This line should stop short of touching square’s top.
Illustration of step 8Use the line you just made, the rectangle below and the inner square to create the outline of a dome.
Illustration of step 9Lightly draw a series of horizontal lines across the dome.
Illustration of step 10To finish the hive itself, use the lines to create bumps along the sides of the dome, then add a doorway in the center of the hive.
Illustration of step 11Now to handle the bees. Start by drawing a line from the center of the design to a point somewhere between the hive and the outer box.
Illustration of step 12Draw lines the same distance around in spokes. Try to make every spoke roughly 30° from the previous one, and leave out the bottommost spokes.
Illustration of step 13To finish the design, add a bee at the end of every line.

Here’s all you need to do to handle the bees themselves:

Illustration of step 1Draw a little oval, with the long ends resting on the line.
Illustration of step 2Split the oval into thirds.
Illustration of step 3Add loops on both sides to make the wings.
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