May Bug Drawing

Articles & Drawing Tutorials, Drawing With Ink

Today I’ll show you how to draw a may-bug and explain how to deal with its awesome textures. 🙂 Let’s ink!

This material was a traditional tutorial, and I decided to republish it at this new version of my website. 🙂 The one change is that now there are not the consistent steps of drawing process that you have to scroll, but a slideshow.promoI use ink liners number 0.05, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 for A5 paper size.

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  1. As usual, I start with a pencil underdrawing.

2. With 0.3 ink liner, I outline the main contours of the drawing. In some places, the lines become dashed to achieve grainy or hairy texture in future.

3. I use 0.1 liner to add thinner lines: guides on the shell, hairs on the bug’s legs and details on the head.

4. With 0.2 ink liner, I create dotwork on the bug’s head.

5. With 0.05 ink liner, I work on the head, legs and eyes. The bottom part of the bug’s body is smooth (in contrast to the head), so I chose exactly thin hatching.

6. With 0.1 liner, I add dots to the head and the «tail».

7. With 0.05 ink liner, I work on the shell. The lines are discontinuous to emphasize this organic uneven texture. The segments become more narrow to the sides of the shell to reveal the volume of it.

8. With 0.05 liner, I add vertical hatches to the white spaces on the shell. It’s important to leave thin highlighted lines of untouched paper (these lines will be more readable in the next steps).

9. With 0.1 liner, I add dots to the shell. The intervals between dots are smaller on the sides, and pay attention to keep the white lines on the shell!

10. With 0.05 ink liner, I add groups of diagonal hatches to the shell and the bottom part of the bug.

11. With 0.05 liner, I work on the head of the bug: series of short thin hatches mix with bigger dots and make a beautiful velvety texture.

12. I use 0.05 liner to refine the legs’ texture. Rather long thin hatches are great for this task because they don’t distract attention from the grainy head texture.

13. It’s time to strengthen the contours and increase the contrast: I use 0.3 ink liner to make this drawing more expressive. I also make shadows deeper, paying special attention to the head and the «tail».

14. With 0.2 ink liner, I add dots to the shell and legs. It helps to get a united general impression of the drawing.

15. With 0.1 liner, I darken the head and the shell a little bit. Looks nice enough!

Congratulations — the drawing is complete! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the process. As usual, you can download an archive with the process scans in a higher quality and examine them closely.

A beautiful reminder of warm May month… Can’t wait to see them again in the late spring!

may-bugsThank you for your time and interest!  I’d love to receive your feedback, questions, and suggestions for new posts. What is your biggest struggle in drawing with ink?

If you like this tutorial, please like it and share with friends — I’d appreciate it! 🙂

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