I started the drawing process by creating a 1 by 1 grid to go over the beetles. Which I then duplicate onto a larger piece of paper. I drew the outline of the beetles using a microscope when necessary.
Once I have a detailed outline of the beetle I then used carbon dust and graphite pencils. I used the real beetle for reference and also close up photographs to see the textures.
When the drawing was finished I then scanned the drawing and edited it on Photoshop. I usually edit some of the levels in Photoshop to get a better range of values.
With the finished and edited drawing I then added colour on Photoshop.