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How to Draw a Polar Bear

Updated on February 25, 2013
Yeah, yeah - it's a cat, NOT a Polar Bear.
Yeah, yeah - it's a cat, NOT a Polar Bear. | Source

Why You Need to Know How to Draw a Polar Bear

So you're a sharp cookie and you noticed that drawing to the right is not a polar bear but a cat. That drawing was scrawled on that envelope over 50 years ago by my grandfather. Whenever he sent me a letter, he drew that cat on the envelope every time. I loved to see that cat on the envelope because I knew he did that just for me.

That drawing made each letter and the relationship with my grandfather very special.

And that is the reason you need to know how to draw a polar bear. Think of the young folks in your life who might see a polar bear drawn on an envelope that contains a letter you sent to them. How would it change their life for the better?

Well, I have a 50-year-old envelope with a cat drawn on it. Obviously that relationship was very special to me - a special relationship represented by a crudely drawn cat.

If you're the sort of person who knows the invaluable worth of little things, this is the article for you. I'm going to teach you how to draw a Polar Bear in just a few simple steps. Take a few minutes to learn how to do this and I guarantee you'll be sketching Polar Bears all over the place!

It's very easy, just follow these few simple steps...

Step 1: Basic Shapes

Start by drawing one big circle and then one smaller circle just above and to the left of the bigger circle as shown...

Step 2: Connect the Shapes

Now draw two separate curving lines from the left and right edges of the larger circle to the left and right edges of the smaller circle, as shown...

Step 3: The Face

Here is where you can really have some fun with your Polar Bear. Complete the face by drawing a curved line inside the lower diameter of the smaller circle - this is the smile.

Next draw an upside down triangle just above the smile.

Add two eyes, a curve or two for the sides of the nose. Lastly, add the ears.

Congratulations! You're done with the hardest part!

Step 4: Extended Paw

OK, this one is easy. Just draw a line extending from middle of his neck outward to the left, circle back and end this line at the middle of the larger circle, as shown.

This is his extended paw - he is waving at you!

Step 5: Draw the Other Leg

OK, so every polar bear has two legs, right?

Here's how you draw his other front leg.

Simply start drawing a straight line form the same point where you ended the line for his other extended paw.

Extend this line downward and slightly forward adding a small hook on the end. End this line by extending it upward into the larger circle, as shown.

Step 6: Draw the Hind Leg and Tail

OK, draw a semi-circular line starting from just inside the right edge of the large circle.

Make another hook at the end and extend the line back to the hind end of the bear as indicated. This is his hind leg.

Now for the best part - add a small half-circular line on his hind end - this is his tail!

Step 7: Draw the Paw Pads

This is so simple - just draw three smaller black spots just inside the left edge of his extended paw as shown.

Make one last larger black spot in the middle of the three dots - Viola! You have just drawn his paw!

Step 8: The Finishing Touches

Now you can erase a few of those extra lines.

He's really looking good now!

You can also change it up a bit by adding something at the end of the extended paw like a baseball, pencil, paintbrush or other item that is unique to the addressee.


Details of the Polar Bear Face

Here is a close-up of the Polar Bear's face.

You can change it up as you see fit and have some fun with it.

For example, if you miss the person for whom you are drawing this - add a sad face, maybe a tear and a conversation bubble that reads, "I Miss You!"

Practice this a few minutes each day and soon you'll be drawing Polar Bears on everything.

Good Luck!

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      MarleneB - Glad you enjoyed it AND you actually drew as you read it - that's great! I bet you'll be the Polar Bear drawing expert of your family in no time. Once you get proficient, let me know if you try it out on some kids - they just love learning to draw things. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      Great instructions. I drew a polar bear as I was reading this. My polar bear doesn't look as nice as yours, but I guess, like you said, a little practice each day and I'll be drawing polar bears on everything. This was fun.

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey aurakitchens - at least you got a cute little cat out of it, right? Either way...

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      pstraubir48 - how sweet that you have that memory and special connection. I think we could use more of this sort of thing in the world. Maybe this will start something!

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      Mommymay - thanks do much for your kind words! Our kids are just 1 year away from finishing high school. We homeschooled all the way - best decision we ever made. Good luck with the art!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Cute. I had an aunt who drew a little mouse on each letter she mailed me. It made me smile every time I got a letter. I saved those envelopes and am so glad because they recall a special connection with her.

      Thanks for sharing. Hopefully many will try your suggestion.

      Sending you Angels today. :) ps

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      Heather May 5 years ago from Ohio

      Awesome hub! I am thinking of homeschooling my kids next year so I need to brush up on my art!!! If I can pull this off, they will think that I can draw!

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the read and comment, justateacher!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      What a cute polar bear! I love pictures like this to use for my students!