Hello followers! This is a sample animation I made to simulate an illustration being drawn, but kinda cheating the animation to make it much faster and more efficient. Instead of recording my screen while I draw, I took the final illustration and faded in the various layers in 10% increments. The layers in order are: line art —> base/flat colour —> body/details —> wings —> thorax top. I turned it into an animated gif, then exported it as a video file.

I used my Western Honey Bee illustration, which seems to have turned into my signature illustration that I am known for.

Enjoy!

Help save the honey bees! Please reblog and share :) I decided to post some information about honey! Education is the key!🍯🐝 “πŸπŸ’›Calling All Bee LoversπŸ’›πŸ” 🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸 ✨Bee’s are friends! πŸπŸ‘ πŸ’› They are not pests!πŸ™…πŸ’”πŸ‘Žβœ¨ 🌼 🍯🐝🌼🍯🐝🌼🍯🐝🌼🍯🐝🌼 β€œMy son, eat thou honey, for it is good” β€” King Solomon – Proverbs: 24:13 🌸 🍯🐝🌼🍯🐝🌼🍯🐝🌼🍯🐝🌼 ✨Here are some important and fun facts about our fuzzy busy friends.🐝✨ β–Ά Bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar to make honey; this nectar contains almost 600 compounds.🍯🐝 β–Ά Honey is so good we have included it in our list ofpowerfoodsΒ that should be in your kitchen right now.πŸ’›πŸ’ͺ🍯🐝 β–Ά Prevents cancer and heart disease: Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.πŸ’ͺπŸ™…πŸ‘πŸ’›πŸ―πŸ β–Ά Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal:β€œAll honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.🍯🐝 β–Ά Reduces throat irritation. Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.πŸ’ͺ🍯🐝 β–Ά Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively.πŸ’ͺ🍯🐝 β–Ά It can be used in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.🍯🐝 πŸ’›I will be posting more about bees!πŸ’›πŸ ❇What other facts do you know about honey?🍯 ✨Do you dig this? Was this helpful?✨ πŸ‘Yes🌸NoπŸ‘Ž 🌸🐝🍯🌸🍯🐝🌸🐝🍯🌸🐝🍯🌸

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The bee ladies (and a few good men) are doing really well! I put a second hive body on two weeks ago, and the queen is making her way through and laying like crazy! You can see larvae in the second picture. When the larvae get big enough to fill the cell, the bees cap it with wax and the bee emerges when it is fully developed! I’m putting together a second hive tomorrow and will be splitting this one in a few weeks to start the new one!

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Limited edition of 15”x22.5”black and white screen prints of this are available at theΒ Justseeds Collective store!Β Β 

"Funeral for the Honey Bee" by Jess X Chen

Scratchboard / Screenprint | 14”x19”

"Β  Β  Β  Β I close my wings and hit

Β Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  the ground. I open my wings

Β Β  Β  and my colony drops dead. I close my wings

and every flower at my funeral mourns for me.”Β 

- excerpt from The Last Words of the Honey Bees , a poem from my recent chapbook of poetry: From The Earthworm To The Night

Did you know all worker bees are women?

Watch this ted talk by bee researcher, Martha Spivak to learn more about colony collapse disorder.