This is mostly for my own reference but some of you may find it interesting also. You have to excuse the blurry photos. My camera didn’t focus properly and I didn’t notice on my tiny screen.
What’s not pictured is the composite sketches I did because I couldn’t find a clear picture of the stationary bee from the perspective that I wanted. There was quite a bit of time spent messing around getting the wings in the right position without completely obscuring the abdomen and thorax - arguably the most visually interesting parts of the bee!
The first picture shows some of the guidelines I put in to help me scale the bee, put all the right bits in the right places &c. The rest depict the process of layering the “paint” (I make swatches on scrap paper using watercolour pencils and dip a damp brush into that so I’ve got more control over how much colour is going down, when).
I think I need to invest in some gouache paints. Next time I’d like to get a finer grain with the hairs.