Learn how to draw a bear that looks realistic, but doesn’t call for lots of grown up sketching. Adding fuzzy edges to simple shapes makes this bear easy to draw for all ages.
First, a few quick facts about bears. Bears belong to the mammal class, because they are covered in hair, have a spine, are warm-blooded and feed milk to their babies once they are born. They can also be classified as omnivores, which means they eat both meat and plants.
Bears sometimes look like they can be complicated to draw, with their big furry bodies. It can be hard to see where and how their legs and arms attach to their bodies. Not to worry though, this tutorial will show students how to first draw a nice sturdy body with legs, and then add some fuzzy edges. It always helps to make sure that something has the right size and proportion first, before adding details. The drawing is more likely to turn out well, and you can save a whole lot of erasing time too!
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Bear Coloring Page
Materials for How to Draw a Bear
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Step by Step Directions for How to Draw a Bear
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Bear
- Draw the basic head shape as shown.
- Add two ears and the round torso shape.
- Draw an overlapping front and back leg.
- Erase the gray line and add two other legs.
- Draw the face and ear detail.
- Add some fuzzy fur lines around the body.
- Erase the gray lines and add claws.
- Draw landscaping in the background.
- Trace with marker and color.