This illustration is of a bear, kind of camouflaged in his habitat. It was conceived with a series in mind (the others are still thumb nails in my sketch book), the theme being animals in their natural environment.
This black bear is in the forest, where he should be. This forest has taken on a kind of magical quality as my imagination started to run rampant!
More and more of animals’ natural habitat is being encroached upon. The bear was a good place to start. Like urban foxes, they have adapted to the environmental changes they’ve faced by learning to rummage in bins for their food. Bears pull open car doors and trunks of people’s cars in US national parks. It is true that have adapted but they shouldn’t have to get their dinner out of someone’s car!
I started with the branch going from right to left. This is like a barrier – this is my forest not yours!
Then I started working up the paws and the pattern around the bear’s feet. Finished piece to follow…
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