Nyuki* is a bee maiden. She travels with the hive she bonded with as a child, and can sing the name of every bee. The hive’s honey is a magical balm and can heal even the most grievous of wounds. Beside her is the Bee Girl. She is a friend to all the hives.
For the topic “Burst” at Illustration Friday. Made for a trade at illustratedatcs.com. Tons of progress pics below! I struggled mightily with the eyes, as you will see.
And since I’ve started doing more elaborate envelope art, I am including a few of my favorite envelope images:
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*Nyuki means “bee” in Swahili
I like both maidens, the bee crawling over the Bee girl is slightly worrying but I’m sure she’ll be ok!
Cool Bee Maiden! I liked that you went with the solid eyes too. They really pop out. I think its great that you show the stages of your work!
I like bees and swahili, cindy d- you’ve got a real winner, here. and- naming every bee in a hive must take a lot of recitation.
These are really eye catching Cindy! I seem to remember a time when you said you didn’t like doing faces. Looking at these makes me wonder why. So fun as always!
Girl you have been so busy lots of good stuff bursting from you lately.
I love the designs you added to the bee maiden’s face. Awesome!
Freaky eyes, but so appropriate for a bee maiden :)
Thank you for commenting on my blog today. I’m really pleased to have found your blog. All the lovely and bright colours made my day!
I really am loving the way you contrast rich pattern against solid colour – works really well. Super clever idea with the Bee maiden! What´s all this about envelope art? Those beasties are stunning – do they take up the whole of the back or a part of the front of the envelope? When did you start doing that?
Thank you! I have been doing simple flowers and things since I started trading ATCs, but then I started doing a bit more elaborate ones because the different paper style of the envelope makes the markers look pretty cool. Sometimes if I’m stumped for an idea I’ll just doodle out an envelope. You can see the black blocks are the addresses. These are mainly the left side of the envelope, which then gets totally covered in clear packing tape, for extra sturdiness and protection. (Maybe next time I’ll just show the whole envelope for a better idea, though the right side is generally neglected.) :)
Is it a bird, is it a plane……No!!!….ITS BEEGIRL!!
Haha! you crack me up Cindy!
All 5 of these are great!!! That bursting beehive bonnet is amazing! I love the envelope doggies!
I’m a particular fan of your envelope images. Such character!
Thanks so much for all the nice comments!
You must have had bees buzzing and “beeing” pesty just like me lately. They won’t leave me alone. But no bites. I guess I just smell like flowers or something. But I wasn’t inspired to do bee art. Way to bee proactive!
Your imagination is amazing. I love bees but the size of the one on her neck …
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You are very talented.
Beautiful work, but I’m from the “The only good bug is a dead bug” school of philosophy. Which is a shame because I’m also slightly a Buddhist…
I am allergic to bees, when they land on me I close my eyes and say “I am not a flower.” Your illustration puts me right there in that moment! Beautiful work!
Oh, I like them honeybees. I think I would get along with these women, and they would be happy to know that I planted a tree in my front yard that honeybees love to congregate on. Ever seen that B monster movie called The Wasp Woman? It sucks.
~but there’s something worrisome about the bee maiden.
it’s her eyes.
can’t read her intent.
I’ll chat with the Bee Girl. YOU field the Bee Maiden.
let me know how it goes…
I’m highly allergic to bee stings, so the 2 bee-releated pieces make me a bit squeamish! But I’m really lovin’ the envelope art! The characters on the ends look a little stoned! What’s going on in your studio, Cindy? ;)
I love all your magical creations – AND their magical powers. I still have poison ivy – send me some honey!!!
I LOVE the Bee Maiden and her mysterious big black eyes and elaborate bursting bonnet. But I don’t think I would calmly let a giant bee crawl up my shoulder like Bee Girl though!
Envelopes……interesting……maybe you can start illustrating stationary like journal covers, notebooks, book covers. These images would lend themselves extremely well to those things.
Wow Cindy, I really like this one. I happen to love bees (as long as they are not about to sting me) and love the story you posted, too.
Loving all your images Cindy, lovely original take on the word burst too! :)
The Bee Girl is definitely fun! I like the idea of her signing the names of all the bees in the hive.