Hey everyone here's another animal tutorial. I wanted to do something a little different and just happened to come across a picture of a very adorable polar bear cub being silly. I hope you have as much fun with this drawing as I did!
Start out by picking your pencils. I used an F pencil for shading/sketching, a 3B for dark lines/shading, and a 2H pencil for light lines/shading.
Start out with a basic sketch of the bear. Use the guidelines if you need them.
Your sketch should look something like this.
Roughly and lightly shade in the shadows on the cub. I used a 3B pencil for this but an HB would also work.
Now roughly shade in the background.
Now smoothly blend in your shading using a cloth or blending stump.
Start adding details to the face. Start with the darkest features. I use by F pencil for this step.
Now use a 2H pencil to sketch in the fur. Make sure to give the fur direction.
Now work your way around the body by working on the legs first. Start out by defining the leg a bit. Use an F pencil for dark shading and 2H for lighter shading.
After you've shaded in the first leg start defining the next one.
Shade in the rear leg. If you find the that the F pencil isn't dark enough use the 3B as well.
Now define the next front leg a bit more. You can also define your background a bit more as well.
Shade in the fur of the front leg.
Define the rear leg a bit more.
Shade in the rear leg.
Now shade in the body. Pay attention to the way the fur is flowing.
Now, smooth out your background and sketch out the ground. You ground doesn't need to look at all like mine. It looks like this here because it was originally going to be rock but I ended up changing it to to dirt/earth.
Finish up your drawing by shading in the ground and fixing up your shading and lines. I used a 3B pencil on the ground. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Comments and questions are welcome!
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