Learning how to draw a bear will be quite easy for you to master in this simple tutorial which has about 5 steps. If you know a few of these basics you'll find it a breeze! Follow along with these drawings in sequence and I’m sure you'll be delighted with the results.
Sketch your basic image as shown in this image below. This represents the "mass" of the body area and the bear's massive legs. Notice how all three forms are tapered and interlock with each other. You only need to draw in a slight taper. My suggestion is to draw these rapidly even if it looks a bit wonky—and sketch rapidly to the last exercise. You can always start a new drawing and all subsequent drawings will be a big improvement, right?
Draw in another cone shape for the neck, draw a circle for the head position and a horizontal line to indicate where the bear's belly is—see sketch here. Add in two small blocks to represent the feet or claws.
So now let's add a few curves. A bear feature is its massive bulk with a thick fur coat. The fur coat can of course cover up any anatomical faults and that is why they are so simple to draw. Check out your old teddy bears, there's no clearly defined shapes that make up the whole form—it's not like drawing the complex human figure with all its intricate muscle and bone structure.
The next step is to add a little shading to give it depth and to show its round forms. The thick coat with long hairs breaks up the form and hides some of the bear's straight lines. This pose on all fours is the simplest to sketch in with these foundation lines to guide you.
Now is the fun part, drawing in the hairs. This should be done with loose lines indicating the roundness of the form. Notice the darker lines underneath the throat, the belly and feet. The front of the snout is usually much lighter so use your lines here sparingly.
Some pointers: the muzzle is almost square, eyes are usually black also the nose and foot pads. Later, if you are passionate about bears, you will find that the black bear, the grizzly, the polar and the Kodiak all have different color hair and variance in their thicknesses.
In the next tutorial on how to draw a bear, I will be showing you how to capture various poses, from sitting, standing and playing.
A few more ideas here for you to sketch, keep them simple.
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