How to Draw a Polar Bear

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Polar bears fascinate and delight people around the world as both the world's largest bear and the world's largest land-based predator. Drawing a polar bear may seem like a complicated endeavor, but if you can sketch some simple shapes, bringing this magnificent arctic bear to life on paper can be as easy as a few quick steps.

  • Start with an image of a polar bear that you would like to draw. Full-body profile images are the best to start with, and will help you get a grasp of the bear's proportions, should you do any future drawings.

  • Make a circle for the polar bear's head, sketching lightly so that lines can be easily erased or corrected if need be.

  • Draw the snout by sketching a rectangular shape protruding from the head circle. The snout should be slightly narrower at the tip of the nose than at the base.

  • Draw an oval to approximate the location of the bear's shoulders, and another oval to place the bear's rear end and haunches. You can approximate the distances by referencing the picture of the polar bear, and using a piece of the bear's anatomy as a rough guide (for instance, the shoulders may fall approximately 1 1/2 "head-lengths" away from the back of the head, etc).

  • Lightly sketch in the bear's neck, back, and stomach with curving lines.

  • Mark the places where each leg will fall with a line. Try to pay attention to where the bear's joints seem to be located. Continue to reference other body parts in relation to the length of each leg. Sketch in the outline of the legs and feet once you feel the joint lines are accurate.

  • Draw tapered ovals for eyes on the bear's face; the eyes will fall roughly where the snout meets the head circle.

  • Solidify the outer lines of the bear, and erase the guide lines and inside shapes. The polar bear should now be taking form.

  • Add details such as small, light dashes to indicate fur, and a slightly curved line for a mouth.

  • Sketch a few dark lines on the bear's feet to add claws. Color a dark nose onto the bear's face.

  • Color or shade in the polar bear as desired; add a background if you choose.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't become discouraged if the bear doesn't turn out quite the way you would like it on the first try. Consider making a second attempt at the same drawing. Chances are, a second or third bear will improve considerably, especially if you are new to drawing.

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