How to Draw a Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly bears or brown bears are one of the largest predators in North America. In fact, the Kodiak bear, a subspecies of the grizzly that lives on Alaskan islands, is the largest land carnivore in the world. These North American brown bears are the descendants of the Eurasian brown bear.

Did you know? On their famous expedition, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis first described this bear as "grisley." The intended term could have been "grizzled," meaning hair with golden or grey tips. Or, it could have been "grisly," meaning fear-inspiring or gruesome.

Grizzly bears have long held a place in human culture. Native Americans had many legends about the animals and viewed them with great respect. European colonists feared the bears, and bear attacks are a common theme in their paintings and artwork. Today, they may be seen in logos or on flags, on clothing, or as stuffed children's toys.

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They have starred in movies such as Brother Bear and in books such as the Seekers series. A number of sports teams, such as the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, have adopted the bear as their mascot.

Would you like to draw a cartoon grizzly bear? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Bear, Cartoon Bear, and Lion.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Grizzly Bear

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing guide lines to help you form the bear's body and head. Draw a large oval for the body and a circle for the head.

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 2

2. Draw more guide lines to indicate the bear's hip and shoulders. Draw two circles just below the head, and a larger circle overlapping the opposite side of the oval.

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 3

3. Begin sketching in the details of the bear's back and head. Use curved lines to enclose the ears alongside the circle. Then, use short, overlapping curved lines to detail the sides of the bear's face around the circle; to connect the tops of the circle and oval, indicating the bear's shoulder; and to form the hump of the hip on the bear's back, continuing along the furry rump.

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 4

4. Use a similar technique - overlapping curved lines - to sketch the foreleg and paw. Use the circle as a guide for placing the leg.

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How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 5

5. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the rear leg and paw. Again, use the circle as a guide to locate the bear's hip.

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 6

6. Erase the previously used guiding circles and the top portion of the original oval. Use the remaining circle to locate the far front shoulder. Then, use short, overlapping curved lines to sketch the bear's remaining foreleg and paw. Sketch the remaining rear leg just in front of the existing rear leg. Draw overlapping curved lines along the belly to give it a furry appearance.

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 7

7. Erase the remaining guide lines. Then, enclose small, curved triangles at the tip of each toe to form the claws.

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 8

8. Detail the bear's face. Use curved lines to enclose the pointed eyebrows and eyes. Shade a small circle within each eye to indicate the pupil. Then, use curved lines to sketch the snout, nose, muzzle, and mouth. Texture the muzzle or upper lip with dots.

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How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 9

9. Give the grizzly bear a furry texture by drawing patches of short curved lines on his head, body, and limbs.

How to Draw Grizzly Bear: Step 10

Color your grizzly bear. Grizzlies are most often brown in color, but they can also be white, blonde, or reddish.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! You can learn to draw an entire cartoon zoo.

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