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The coccinella also has two small wings hidden behind the big red ones.

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Sketch two circles to represent these wings. Add some colors to your character for the final touch. If you are able to give a little transparency effect to the small wings, your drawing will only look more realistic this way. But it is sometimes hard to achieved with pencils and markers!

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I hope you had fun following this simple tutorial about cartoon insects like the beetle! Have fun! Go back to How to draw cartoon animals from the farm Go back from How to draw cartoon insects Beetle tutorial to home page. Perfect for artists of all ages and teachers! Learn how to draw a cartoon banana using this cute and simple step-by-step video lesson written version also included. Learn how to illustrate a simple skull clipart using this accessible step-by-step drawing lesson. Learn how to illustrate a cartoon pirate using a few basic shapes and plain colors. Learn how to illustrate a cute cartoon swan using this adorable step-by-step drawing lesson.

How to draw an Insect Step By Step

Lighting is critical when using the drawing tube and it is helpful, if not necessary, to have a light source to the right of the drawing surface for left handed people the drawing tube can be turned around to the other side of the microscope and in that case the light would be on the left. Additionally, it is easier to see your pencil when drawing if the light on the specimen is minimal. A balance has to be found where there is enough light to see the specimen and yet, not so much light that the pencil can't be seen. Most drawing tubes have a focusing knob of some type or another that focuses the drawing area.

After everything is ready, lighting, focus, etc. It is best to draw only what is seen in the middle two thirds of the viewing area, because there is some distortion as the edge of the viewing area is reached. For habitus drawings, I usually draw the insect in several pieces at fairly high magnification. For example, if drawing a beetle, I may draw the legs, the antenna, the elytra, the pronotum and the head individually See picture below.

Preliminary sketch of legs of Prometopia sexmaculata. I usually only draw one of each of the legs and antennae from one side of the body. Later, the legs and antenna can be traced upside down and and drawn on the other side of the beetle. Sometimes, I draw only half of the beetle and flip it over later and trace the other half so that the drawing is symmetrical, although I prefer not to do that. Preliminary drawings are not overly detailed, but are meant to get the proportions and other features down in an accurate manner.

Scale lines are drawn by placing a ruler under the scope at the same magnification as the drawings are done at. It is sometimes necessary to draw certain features at a higher magnification than the main body parts. In this case, I reduce them on a photocopier until the scale lines match. In any event, I reduce all preliminary drawings on a photocopy machine to a more manageable size and darken them as well. After photocopies are made, I make a composite sketch on cheap paper photocopy paper by tracing the various images on a light table see picture of composite image below.

Composite sketch of Prometopia sexmaculata. Drawings of structures, such as genitalia, legs, wings, etc. If the structures are very small, higher magnification is needed and therefore a drawing tube mounted on a compound microscope may be needed. Alternatively, a camera lucida can be used on a compound scope.

A camera lucida is similar to a drawing tube, but fits on an ocular rather than under the oculars in the body of the microscope.

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Consequently, drawings are much larger in size and will have to be reduced considerably. Another advantage of the camera lucida is that they will fit on a variety of microscopes. Unfortunately, the camera lucida tends to be more tricky to use for the average person see picture of camera lucida on compound scope below. As with the drawing tube, there is some distortion at the edges of view and it is best to draw in the center two thirds of the image. Great tip! I was so interested that I looked up the course online which can be found here.

American artist Christopher Marley works with insects, minerals, birds, serpents and more. Sometimes symmetrical, sometimes marching, his vibrant and intricate artworks will have great appeal to students who like colour, detail and pattern. He talks widely about how he collects his insects from sustainable sources on his website — which I think is a great starting point for discussion with your students.

He has some beautiful books which would be a great addition to your art room library. What a great starting point for a project! The art installations of Jennifer Angus are composed of real insects pinned directly to a wall in repeating patterns which reference both textiles and wallpaper. At a glance, they look like wallpaper but a tension is created when you realise they are actually real insects. I certainly think of a few friends who would not be able to enter these rooms.

I, however, would love to. Click on the image below to access a FREE presentation, featuring these artists, to use with your students. Wonderful resource, thank you for sharing it.

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One of my former students worked for Jennifer Angus helping her install her work at exhibits. It sounded like such an interesting, quirky experience. Hi Ilona, Yes. Just register and you can download three free resources a month. Or there are different levels of subscription to access paid resources. Silver gives you 10 a month.