How to Draw Bears

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STEP 1. When drawing bears, it's best to get yourself familiarized the basic anatomy. Here, I break down the skeleton of a bear so you know why they look the way they are. I used a reference to draw the skeleton accurately. Alright, 1. is the base of the skull. Bears have large heads, bigger than 1/4 of a human body. 2. Is the large shoulder blade. This creates a large hump on the shoulders of a bear, making them look beastly. 3. is the large ribcage. The ribcage covers 1/4 of the bear body. 4. The pelvic bone that attaches the leg bones.   STEP 2. I've had a lot of people ask me to draw a bear in a standing stance. 1. Since bears are generally always walking on four legs; once they stand up, they have a protruding chest. Lots of fur covers this area and it almost makes the bear look like a menacing giant. 2. The distance between the legs of a bear is short. They are not meant to be standing and normally stand when they are fending off a predator or fighting over territory.   STEP 3. Think of the standing stance as a stick figure with very curved lines. They have broad shoulders in this stance. The arms are much larger than the lower part of their body. The hands aren't perfectly straight but normally curved.   STEP 4. Now let's take a look for a bear on all fours. 1. A bear normally has a large 'hump' at the shoulders. This is puffed up with lots of fur. 2. When looking at forelegs from the frontal region, you'll see a bit of an attachment. This area is mostly furry. 3. The knee is very large and rounded. Pay attention to this area as they are not meant to be drawn like dog legs.   STEP 5. The paw of a bear is something very important to study. They have five fingers, aligning side by side. The large paw mat below the smaller mats, take a large portion of the paw. The pads are usually defined with textures and ware due to the usage of them. 1. The nails are VERY long and curled. They use their large claws to break open wood for insects and catching fish.   STEP 6. This is just a sketch of all the many different poses and position styles that the bear is usually seen in. Have a look see and choose which one you will want to draw.   STEP 7. Let's get started. Start by drawing a few shapes, one for the head, and another for the back end of the bears bottom. Once that is done you can go ahead and draw out the connecting lines that will make up the body shape. Add the limb lines as well.   STEP 8. You will now begin sketching out the outline of the bear's body starting with the head first. The first thing you want to do is sketch out the nose, forehead, ears, and then the hairy looking cheek area. Once that is done, you can begin sketching out the large body which is very jiggly.   STEP 9. Draw in the nose tip, and then color in the bears small beady eye. Add some definition to the inside of the ears, and then begin sketching out the large legs, and paws as shown to you here. Make sure you sketch in all that loose hair on the back of the legs.   STEP 10. Now sketch in the claws and then draw in the rest of the ear definition until you have a nice textured filling in the bear's ear. Once that is done, detail the body by drawing the shoulder and thigh lines, and then lastly, add that definition to the face. Erase the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.   STEP 11. Here is how the bear looks when you are all done. Now all you need to do is color in the bear to the certain species you like. I don't know about you, but I had a lot of fun drawing bears with you all.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11.