Creative Futures

How do you Draw a Bear?

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Shown above is the first ever attempt of drawing a bear that I have ever conducted – and whilst the sketches are not horrible, they do not read as bears. In particular, I feel that they rather look more like koalas rather than brown bears, which is what I had used as the reference.

After presenting my drawings to the team, Katie gave me some advice that helped ease my frustration. It was a step-by-step tutorial, created by the Brother Bear co-director Aaron Blaise. Although I was familiar with Blaise’s work, and have actually purchased some of his tutorials in the past (the anatomy one – it is fantastic), the ‘how to draw a bear’ tutorial had completely escaped my memory.

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(‘How to Draw Bears’ Tutorial, created by Brother Bear co-director, Aaron Blaise.)

Shown above are some of the pages included within the ‘How to Draw Bears‘ step-by-step tutorial that I studied and reviewed before having another go at drawing more bears. To my delight, I noticed an immediate improvement in the anatomic structure of the drawings and a clear indication that my knowledge regarding the construction of the creature, from beginning shapes to rendering final details, had increased significantly.

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(Shown above, the bear sketches created after the tutorial. Can be seen on page 10 of sketchbook.)

As we proceed to the next stage of development – creating a unique shape for the bear – this new information that I have attained will enable me to create and explore a heavily stylized design, whilst maintaining an accurately constructed form that shall function with an element of anatomically realistic proportions.


Reference:

How to Draw Bears. (n.d.). 1st ed. [ebook] Burlington, Vermont, United States of America: Aaron Blaise, pp.3-6. Available at: http://www.creatureartteacher.com [Accessed 12 Oct. 2016].

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