From Winnie the Pooh to Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, cute bears have long been a staple in children’s cartoons.
The fascination with cartoon bears may go back as far as 1902, when President Theodore Roosevelt went bear hunting in Mississippi. Some of his hunting companions caught a bear cub and tied it to a tree, offering to let the president shoot it as a hunting trophy. He refused to harm the helpless animal, and his compassion was immortalized in a cartoon published in a Washington newspaper. Plush toy bears soon came to be called “Teddy bears” in the president’s honor.
Would you like to be able to draw your very own cute cartoon bear? Doing so is easy when you follow this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
You don’t need any special tools or skills. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing.
As you follow the steps in this drawing guide, notice the color coding in the accompanying illustrations. New lines made in each step are highlighted in blue, whereas lines made in previous steps are shown in black. You may want to draw your lines lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your early lines in order to complete the drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Bear
Draw a curved line across the bear’s belly. Draw a half circle inside each ear. Connect the ends of the right half circle using a short, curved line.
Draw an oval for the nose, and a smaller oval within it. Shade between the two ovals. Draw a wide “U” shaped line below the nose. Connect the nose and mouth using a short, curved line.
Add texture to the bear’s fur by drawing closely spaced, short, curved lines. Draw these lines along the bear’s head, his arms and legs, and his stomach.
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