How to Draw a Cartoon Brown Bear
(the Easy Way)
Do you want to learn how to draw a cartoon brown bear? Don’t get
grizzly! Impress your family and friends with your supreme sketching
skills when you follow our simple steps and learn how to draw a cartoon
brown bear. Put a pencil in your paw and let’s get started!
STEP-1: The Bear Necessities –Drawing the
Basic Shapes of our Cartoon Bear
Bears have always played a big part in popular culture, including the
famous Disney film, Brother Bear. Now, it’s your turn to add to this
rich heritage by learning how to draw a cartoon brown bear! First
of all, draw a circle for the head, followed by an intersecting oval
shape on its side. Then, draw a much larger oval or egg shape for our
bear’s body. These will form the ‘bear’ basics for our awesome
STEP-2: ‘Paws’ for Thought – Adding more Detail to
our Furry Friend
Now you’ve drawn the basic shapes of our cartoon bear, it’s time to add
some more shapes to bring our furry friend to life! Starting with the
head, draw one oval on the left-hand side – this will eventually form
our cartoon bear’s ear.
draw a series of three smaller ovals on the right-hand side as in our
illustration. Moving on to the body, use the large oval you drew in the
first step as your basis for our cartoon bear’s back – draw an arc
shape which meets the body.
Finally, finish off by drawing another oval towards the bottom of the body, which will eventually become our bear’s paw.
STEP-3: Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? An Awesome Illustration
Having got your paws on the basic outline of our cartoon bear, it’s
time to make our cuddly critter take shape with some all-important
details. Remember the oval shape on its side that we drew in the first
step? This is our cartoon bear’s snout, so let’s now add the nose on
top as in our illustration.
For our next step in how to draw a cartoon brown bear, add an arm by drawing two vertical
lines which meet the oval shape towards the bottom of the body. Once
you’ve done this, let’s ‘paws’ for thought and draw our cartoon bear’s
paw! Finally, draw some curved lines at the bottom of the body – these
will eventually become our cartoon bear’s legs.
STEP-4: Making our Cartoon Bear look ‘Fur’ Real
You almost know how to draw a cartoon brown bear. Our cartoon bear is really starting to take shape now and will soon be
ready to go out into the forest!
Let’s add some more details to bring
our furry friend to life! Using the small oval shapes on the head as
your basis, draw the ears in, remembering to make the line jagged to
represent fur. You can also draw the inside of the ear at this stage –
bears have a better sense of hearing than us humans!
Now, draw the eyes
by sketching in two oval shapes in the middle of the head.We’ll also
add some more details to the snout such as some dots where our cartoon
bear’s whiskers will be. In folklore and popular culture, bears are
often seen as very wise, mystical creatures. So, let’s give our cartoon
bear a friendly smile!
Next, draw an oval shape on the body for our
furry friend’s chest and add another oval shape for the tail. We can
also finish off the legs we started earlier – make the feet nice and
big for strolling through the forest.
STEP-5: Bear with Us – We’re Getting There!
Our cartoon bear is looking pretty
awesome, but we just need to add some finishing touches before we put
some color in our paws!
Let’s add some expression to our furry friend’s
face by drawing in some eyebrows and finishing the eyes – try and make
our cartoon bear look friendly and wise.
By drawing two lines across the eyes, we can make it look as if our
bear buddy has got large eyelids and is a little sleepy – maybe he’s
just woken up from a long winter’s hibernation?
Add two small dots in
the center of each eye for the pupils and we’re almost done! Draw a
small curved shape halfway down the arm for our cartoon bear’s elbow
and then finish off those large feet by drawing in the toes.
Paws at the ready – it’s time to color in
our awesome cartoon bear! Bears come in a variety of colors, such as
black, brown or white, but we’ll make ours jump out from the page by
using an orange-brown for the body. Use a darker shade for the outline,
rub out any lines you don’t need and then get ready to go down to the
woods in the final stages of today’s drawing lesson!
Color in the body using an orange-brown.
Then, do the chest area in a
vibrant shade of yellow – maybe that’s why so many bears live in
Yellowstone National Park?
Next, use a darker shade of brown for the eyebrows and nose,
remembering to leave a small section of white on the nose to represent
highlights. There, our wise friend of the forest is now ready to have
Now you know how to draw a cartoon brown bear and you’ve impressed your family and friends with
skills, why not try drawing some trees
and mountains behind him? Alternatively, you could draw several
different colored bears and really get creative. Don’t paws for thought
– try it today!