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Step 11: Draw the bee's last leg using the long line on the left as a guide. Just like before, draw the shape of the leg around the guide line. Make this leg the biggest of the three. Break up the leg into segments and make the segments at the top bigger than those on the bottom. Add a series of short strokes on the sides of the top segment for hair.

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Step 12: Use the arc on top of the body as a guide to draw the bumblebee's wing. Darken the shape of the guide but make the lines a bit wavier. At the bottom, curve the lines in toward the body, so that the base of the wing is thin.

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Step 13: Use the remaining shapes as guide to draw the rest of the bee's body. Simply draw a series of short strokes along the edges of the guides to create the bumblebee's furry body. The wings are transparent, so draw the strokes for the body inside the shapes of the wings. Curve the path of the strokes in the middle so that the thorax is slightly taller and thinner than the initial circle. Don't overlap the legs as you draw the bottom edge of the thorax. On the lower, left side of the abdomen, draw a small, V-shaped line for the stinger.

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Step 14: To the left of each leg, draw a similar shape for the legs that are on the other side of the body. Use the first set of legs as templates as you draw these legs. Draw this set of legs smaller than the first set. To the left of the wing, draw a tall, arc-like shape for the wing that's on the other side of the bumblebee's body. Make this wing smaller than the first wing.

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Step 15: Go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Take your time and be careful when you ink to avoid any accidents. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing of a bumblebee.

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Final Step: Color your drawing! Color lightly at first and gradually build up to darker colors. Draw a series of thick stripes across the body using black. Use short strokes as you add the color to create a furry texture on the body. Color the eye and legs black too but use a lighter value in certain sections to create highlights. On the back portion of the abdomen, use gray to create black and white stripes. Add the bright stripes using different shades of yellow and orange. Use darker shades like red-orange and brown along the bottom to create shadows. Use a lighter shade of colors along the top to emphasize the transparency of the wings. Add veins on the wings using dark brown and color the insides of the shapes using light brown. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for a more accurate depiction of a bumblebee.

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