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Bear Necessities!

First, a disclaimer:   We don't have a pet.  My daughter is on a one woman, big eyed, crusade to get a dog but so far we have held out!

With that in mind, and in an attempt to not add fuel to the "We need a puppy!" campaign, I chose a polar bear for my pet inspiration.  I also figured it might make a nice greeting card since the holidays are around the corner (two birds, one stone and all that).

Step one - cute polar bear photo for inspiration (Hands up if you are cold?)

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Step two - sketch, scanned into photoshop (notice I went straight from cute bear to full blown accessorised party bear!)

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Step three - base colors (choosing color palettes is not my strong suit, I wanted to avoid your traditional polar bear cream and go for something brighter.  On reflection I think the blue was too strong, but Anne's colour fill layer technique should mean I can change the colour easy enough until I find something that feels right).  I left the colouring a little rough around the edges because I prefer the sloppy style to perfection (it doesn't make my dodgy line work stand out so much!)

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Finally I added some details, a touch of shading using a layer set to multiply and a snippet of wool texture on the jumper.  Some suitably corny text gives it that holiday greeting card vibe!

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Thank you very much for this tutorial Anne!  It was an excellent course and I really appreciated the way you showed your entire process from start to finish, it is very generous of you to share your tips and tricks with us.

Happy Holidays! 

Twitter: @jeggleCreate

www.jeggle.co.uk

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