Sorry it's been awhile. I'm not used to the blog life. So recently I've been taking NPR articles and illustrating them. I saw a tumblr post about an illustration professor who gave this as an assignment and I liked it so I did it.
This image is for the article linked here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/11/509337678/u-s-puts-first-bumblebee-on-the-endangered-species-list. I've always had a soft spot for bees and their importance so when I saw this I knew I had to illustrate it. THIS IS MY FIRST EVER OFFICIAL COMPUTER ILLUSTRATION! So give me a little grace. I used Kyle's Gouache photoshop brushes, because if I'm going to do computer work, I'm going to do it simulating my favorite medium.
Don't forget to respect and protect our bees. They are an important part of our ecosystem and there is a legitimate problem for the bees. Here are some ways you can help:
Protect bees from pesticides. Pesticides kill beneficial insects including pollinators and natural enemies that control common pests like aphids. Certain pesticides, including neonicotinoids, are highly toxic to honey bees in particular. Instead of using pesticides, explore organic ways to grow healthy plants, such as using compost for healthy soil and controlling pests with homemade remedies and biocontrols like ladybugs.
Provide a variety of food for bees. Consider clustered plantings with staggered blooming times so there is food throughout the year and particularly in the late summer and fall. Native plants are always best, and inter-planting and hedgerows provide additional forage on farms.
Provide a year-round, clean source of water for bees. This can be a river, pond, irrigation system, rainwater collection system or small-scale garden water features. Shallow water sources can provide more than enough water for bees, without creating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed.
Provide shelter for bees. Leave some ground undisturbed and untilled and some dead trees and plants on the property for wild bees to nest in.
(information from http://www.honeybeehaven.org. Other practical ways include buying local honey, buying organic, letting weeds grow, and understanding that bees are not out to get you)
I have a couple other things in the works. I'm trying to work more on computer skills so you might be seeing more of those and I'm also working on a 4 part fairytale-like illustration.
Comment any thoughts or feedback and include an NPR article you would like illustrated.