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Draw A Cartoon Bear In 7 Steps

Updated on June 25, 2009

What's On This Hub...

This is my first drawing tutorial type hub, this is actually only my second tutorial I have ever done so I really hope it helps!

This hub is on how to draw a cartoon bear in seven steps, from pencils to inking. Like I said this is my first instructional drawing hub so I hope I'm doing it right! ^_^

Note: If the pictures don't line up with the words try refreshing the page... especially if on Google Chrome.

Step One...
Step One...

Step One:

This is how I would start the first step of drawing something like this, however a lot of people would finish the circles and erase the unwanted lines later. I like to work without to much erasing so I only draw the parts of the shapes I need but often follow through on the shape with the pencil above the paper.

Right here you are working on the ears, the paws and the top of the head. make sure you are sketching lightly and using an erasable pencil.

Step Two...
Step Two...

Step Two:

In this step your just adding things like the neck tie, and the eye markings.

This little guy is a Panda Bear, and Panda Bears have those cute little black patches around their eyes... that's what we are doing in this step, not drawing the actual eyes yet.

Notice how we are only drawing the top part of the eyes marking, this is because we continue with the eye marking in the next step.

Your also adding the nose, he has a cute big nose! Almost all the cartoon bears I have seen have big adorable noses like this, but still, remember to play around a little and draw in your own style.

Step Three...
Step Three...

Step Three:

Now you start putting a bit of proportion to the bears face. The downward curved lines under the darkened eye patches, and next to the nose... those are lines that show where the bears cheeks are, like he's smiling.

Also I added a curved line to him showing where you would see that part of his back. Also at this point finish the outline of his face, cute poofy cheeks like panda bears have. :)

Step Four...
Step Four...

Step Four:

Now we start adding even more of the details, adding the eyes now, the buttons to show the shirt, I added a couple of lines to show wrinkles in the fabric. I left a highlight in the eyes, makes them look more real and filled in the rest lightly with pencil.

Added some details to the ears, and a pocket to his shirt. This is still done lightly in erasable pencil... so make sure you are sketching lightly or it will leave shadow lines after you ink and erase!

Step Five...
Step Five...

Step Five:

Now you finish up the last few details, finishing up his eyes, adding a cute zig-zag kind of lines to the tie, add whisker spot to the cheeks, like with a cat.. just no whiskers!

Shadowing some areas and darkening some areas that are just a darkened color. In this case every other line on the tie, shadowing the buttons on his shirt, the eye patches are darkened.. I mean he's a panda! Next darken his nose. The eyes are the only thing I colored with solid color the rest are shadowed and darkened with diagonal lines, that way it doesn't look to solid and gives him more of a shadowed look.

Step Six...
Step Six...

Step 6:

Now to inking, What I've done here is I just took a Sharpie pen and inked over the existing pencil lines... I use Sharpies as my inking tool, you might use something else and that's fine too... it's just best for me.

You darken all the lines and finish up with final shadowing. Then earased the pencil lines from underneath.

On To The Final Step...

Step Seven:

Final step for this, Sign it and I like to put on border and shadow the inside... Just a personal preference.

Well, this is the final step and I hope this little tutorial attempt of mine helps! ^_~

Step Seven...
Step Seven...
This is something I drew for when my mom was a wanna-be.
This is something I drew for when my mom was a wanna-be.

Care To Vote?

This hub is running in the HubNuggets wanna-be's! I would be totally honored if you could go take a look at this current running of HubNugget wanna-be's from Shirley Anderson and vote! While I'd love the vote, make sure you read the other contestants too ok?!

Vote here!

Thanks, Cammi


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      dominic 6 years ago

      that bear is so awesome and cute

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      seth 6 years ago

      awesome job

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      rvsource, Thanks! Glad it's easy to understand!

      ripplemaker, Guess not! Thanks!

      RedElf, Thanks!

      Charia Samher, You should try it! I'd be honored lol! ;)

      k@ri, I'm glad you tired the bear! I'm saure it's cute! Thanks. ^_^

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Congratulations on being selected for HubNuggets! I tried the bear, and mine came out OK...not as cute as your bear, but pretty good! All from your great instructions. :D

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      Charia Samher 8 years ago

      Wow this is great. I would love to try this! =)

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Aw...this is so cute. Well done on your nomination!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sooo cute!  Guess the Hubnuggets Team couldn't resist your bear. 

      To all the bear lovers in the world, be sure to drop by the voting poll if you want to vote for this hub.  Here is the link again:

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      rvsource 8 years ago


      This is a nice easy to understand drawing blog. Good job! the little bear is cute too


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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Shamelabboush, I'm glad you had fun doing this! Thanks for letting me know! Oh gosh... I'm sure he's adorable lol!

      k@ri, thanks... I think you should try anyways, if you want.. but don't put yourself down. :) I think your bear would be lovely.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      This is so much fun! I did it and it looks nice :)

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      I love your bear. Your instructions seem easy to follow, but I have my doubts mine would be as cute as yours! :D