Learn how to draw a cicada and then paint its fuzzy body and transparent wings. Simple crayons and watercolor do the job amazingly well.
Cicadas are known for the loud buzzing that males make to attract females. I grew up with them in the midwest, and nothing says summer more than listening to cicadas as I fell asleep each night.
This painting may look rather sophisticated, but it’s actually just using crayons to make some textured lines, and watercolor for some transparent color. If you work quickly, some wet-on-wet painting will also make some nice fuzzy stripes.
TIP: Drawing with sharp crayons will really improve the detail of your drawing. Thankfully, there are lots of sharpeners made these days just for fixing old, blunt crayons.
Note: This tutorial comes from my “Botanicals, Fish & Insects” ebook.