Bears playing

Bears playing - student project

I based my drawings on some amazing photographs in the book Learning to Be Wild: Raising Orphan Grizzlies by Russell & Enns. The bears looked like they were having so much fun and I wanted to draw that.

Initially I drew it like this using a 00 watercolor brush and ink:

Bears playing - image 1 - student project

I thought it looked a bit messy, so I tried to be more deliberate and methodical. I took photos as I went along, just in case it might be interesting or helpful.

First I drew the outlines with a dip pen:

Bears playing - image 2 - student project

 Then I used a special jagged brush to do the fur (I found it in a clearance section once and bought it because it was only $1. I don't know what it is because it wasn't labelled. I had never found a use for it before actually!) I liked how it made the lines look neat and even; it makes five strokes at once.

Bears playing - image 3 - student project

Just after this my 3yo son painted all over it in black ink with a thick brush, so I started again and it looks a bit different.

Then I used a size 10 watercolor brush to fill in some black areas. I thought I should use a larger brush to force myself to be a bit bolder than I was with the 00.

Bears playing - image 4 - student project

Then I did the rest with the 00 size brush and added in details. I also darkened the bear in the water and coloured in the water with diluted ink as well.

Bears playing - image 5 - student project

So that is the final picture. I'm fairly happy with it. I feel like I've learned a lot. Thanks. :)