Bears are animals that can have two opposite reputations. On the one hand, some see them as representative of cute little teddy bears, and on the other they are seen as vicious apex predators.
No matter how you may look at bears, one thing is for sure: they are beloved by millions of people worldwide.
If you are one of those fans and would like to learn how to draw a bear, then this is the guide for you!
We created this step-by-step guide on how to draw a bear in 8 steps to make it easier than ever for you to draw this wonderful creature.
How To Prepare For This Bear Drawing
You’re just about ready to begin this guide on how to draw a bear, but we have a few tips and tricks for you that will make the process even easier and more enjoyable!
Firstly, make sure you have all the tools you will need and have them arranged in an easy to access manner. Instead of sticking to just one pen or pencil, you can use a variety of different ones.
This can help you to vary the lines as you need. For example, you might like the look of thicker outlines, in which case you would want to use a thicker drawing pen.
However, you might need thinner lines for the eyes and pupils, for example. You can vary the pens or pencils you use to get the desired effect.
It can be so tempting to just use one kind of pen, but ultimately it will result in a less interesting image to behold. Also, it may sound simple but try to relax when you draw.
It can be so easy to get nervous and hold your pen or pencil in a vice like grip. You want to keep your wrist relaxed as you draw and go with the flow of the steps in the guide.
The more relaxed you are, the more natural the lines will look. Remember that there are no penalties for making mistakes.
You can either erase any errors if you draw with a pencil or simply start over. Even the best artists in the world will have a few failed attempts behind their greatest drawings.
This is the mindset we want you to have as you begin this bear drawing, as it’s meant to be fun! Now, we can begin the first step of the guide.
How to Draw A Bear – Let’s get Started!
In the first step of our guide on how to draw a bear, we will start off by drawing in a guiding shape in pencil. This shape looks a bit like an oval with a bulge at the bottom.
We will be using a pencil for this step, as we will be adding some elements to this shape in the next step.
Step 2 – Next, draw in the ears
For this next step, you can add in some ears to the top of the head shape as you can see in the image.
Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can then go over the pencil in pen and erase your pencil guides so that you’re left with an image that looks like the one in the image.
Step 3 – Now, draw in the facial details
Now that the head of your bear drawing is complete, you can start to draw in some facial details.
For this step, we will be using circular shapes and curved lines to draw in the eyes, nose, mouth and ear details of your bear.
You could also change the facial details a bit if you want to give your bear some different facial expressions!
There are a lot of fun ways to change it up a bit, so don’t be afraid to change a few details.
Step 4 – Draw in the bear’s body
The head of your bear drawing is finished now, so we can begin on the bear’s body in this next step.
To begin with, you can simply draw in two curved lines as they appear in the image to make the sides of the body.
The reference picture will give you a guide on how to curve these lines. They should extend a bit further near the top, as these will form the shoulder of your bear once we add in some arms.
Step 5 – Now, we add in the first arm
Now that we have the outline of the body done for your bear drawing, you can draw in the first arm.
To draw this in, you can add in a nice long line that curves in on itself as it appears in the picture.
Once you’ve drawn in the arm shape, don’t forget to add some sharp claws onto it!
Step 6 – Next, draw in the other arm
Once you’ve drawn in the other arm of your bear drawing, all you need to do is draw in the arm on the right-hand side as a mirror image of the arm you drew in step 5.
This is another step where you could change around the positions of the arms, for example you could have it so that your bear is waving if you want to!
Step 7 – Draw in the legs of your bear
Your drawing is almost finished at this point, and the last thing that needs to be drawn in is some legs for your bear drawing.
To add in some legs, we will be using a combination of both curved and straighter lines.
I would recommend starting on the left side, drawing down from the body, curling into the foot and then finishing off that leg before drawing the other one in a mirror image.
With that done, you have learned how to draw a bear! Your drawing just needs one more thing, and we’ll cover it in the final step.
Step 8 – Now finish it off with some color
Now that you have finished drawing your bear, there’s one more really fun step to do! Your bear drawing needs some color now, and this is where you can really let your creativity run free.
We’ve shown you one way that you can color in your drawing, so you could use that as inspiration or use your own favorite colors!
There’s a lot of fun to be had with how you color in your drawing, as there are no wrong answers!
You can also try to experiment with different art mediums to get some amazing color looks! Using mediums like paints, watercolors, colored pens and pencils can be a great ay to add different color intensities to your picture.
We can’t wait to see how you finish off your bear drawing!
Here’s how you can make your bear drawing even better…
Make your adorable bear drawing even better with these fun ideas!
We went for a standard bear design with this bear sketch, but there are many different kinds you could turn it into. Bears come in many different shapes and sizes, and many times they are specifically suited to their environment.
One example would be how polar bears have thick white fur for their snowy home. You could easily change this bear to look like a polar bear if you wanted to!
What other bear species would you potentially change this one into?
We mentioned how bears can be found in many different kinds of environments. That means you could also make this bear drawing even better by adding some kind of background!
Going with the polar bear suggestion from before, you could add a snowy wonderland behind the bear. Or, it could be in a jungle or maybe on a lush mountain.
The place you use for the background doesn’t even really have to be realistic if you’d prefer a more cartoony setting!
Another way to improve this drawing of a bear even more would be by adding some friends for it. You could draw some more bears, and that would be easier now that you know how to do it.
If you’re feeling extra creative, then you could even design some different animal friends for the bear to hang out with. What kinds of animals can you think of that you could add to this picture?
Our final tip will be talking about how you could add some colors to this page. There are many different art mediums and techniques you can use, and we think you should try and use ones you’ve never tried before!
Maybe you want some softer colors, in which case you’ll want to go for some watercolors or colored pencils. Or, you could get some brighter, more vibrant tones with colored pens and markers.
It’s all up to you, and these are just a few of the mediums you could use to make the colors look exactly as you like!
Your Bear Drawing is Complete!
We really hope that this guide on how to draw a bear in 8 easy steps was helpful and fun for you to use!
When you set out to learn how to draw a bear, it was probably quite an intimidating task to take on.
With this guide, our aim was to try and make it fun and easy for you to learn.
Drawing something new is always easier when you can break it down into more manageable sections that you can take one at a time!
Now that you’ve learned how to draw a bear, you can have a lot of fun personalizing your drawing with the colors and mediums you choose for it.
You can further add more personality to your drawing by adding in a nice background for it! The sky is the limit, and we’re sure to see some incredibly creative designs come out from this guide.
We will be adding in more great step-by-step drawing guides to our site often, so be sure to check in frequently to make sure you never miss out on the fun!
Once you’ve finished drawing and coloring your bear drawings, we hope that you’ll share them on our Facebook and Pinterest pages for us to enjoy!
We always love to see your wonderful art creations, and e can’t wait to see your awesome bear drawings.