View Full Version : Weekly Art Challenge 1/17/11: The Ursine Form

01-17-2011, 01:00 PM
Welcome to the first new weekly art challenge. The theme for this week is BEARS. Teddy bears, bugbears, dire bears, bear cavalry, burly gay men. Or you could learn how to draw a mundane everyday bear really well, whatever you want.

1. The images can be any size or level of polish.

2. There is no wrong interpretation of the theme.

3. You can post as many images as you want. I encourage multiple entries!

I'll be posting a new theme one week from now, but you can post your image here whenever you finish it.

01-17-2011, 03:52 PM
Oh god, kinda scary actually. I'm a little rusty on animals!

Think I'll try for a couple submissions, just winging a plain ol' bear first.

01-17-2011, 04:47 PM

01-17-2011, 09:14 PM
I was like =| but then I saw the boxing gloves and then I was all =D.

01-17-2011, 10:36 PM
Oh god, kinda scary actually. I'm a little rusty on animals!

draw hairy, burly gay men instead?

01-17-2011, 10:55 PM
draw hairy, burly gay men instead?

Haha, I was going to! You stole my punchline.


01-18-2011, 01:23 AM
Bear boxing

Oh... well, bear boxing, yes. It's all right, for those who like it. But people with true bear taste prefer:


01-18-2011, 01:57 AM
I'm not sure if I should be creeped out or laughing.

So I'm doing both!

01-18-2011, 03:24 AM

01-18-2011, 05:01 AM
That seal is in trouuuuuble!

Now if it was a le*pard seal, the bear wouldn't seem so confident, methinks.

01-18-2011, 06:04 AM
I feel bad posting right after super-cute Chu, but!

So I wanted to get back into digital painting, and I do love WoW, and this week's theme was bears, so I, umm, wanted to do couple art of my tank friend Kailasa and my healy pally Ysandreh. I spent a deceptively long time on the bear, since anthro is not something I usually do, like, ever, and a very small amount of time on the girl. Which is weird because I live to draw lithe, beautiful young women, often in revealing clothing! But whatever, I guess. She'll be easy to fix. I TALK TOO MUCH. SKETCHIES~


01-18-2011, 08:16 AM

Don't ask, because I don't know.

01-18-2011, 09:24 AM


01-18-2011, 09:40 AM
Don't ask, because I don't know.

Whatever, that there is humanity.

01-18-2011, 09:52 AM
Would it be okay to request WIP critiques on our theme images here, or would you prefer we ask for 'em in the dedicated WIP critiquin' thread?

01-18-2011, 11:45 AM
Do it here for sure. It looks like a couple folks intend to continue working on theirs already.

01-18-2011, 05:40 PM
Yesterday I drew a super-quick doodle to get myself into Bear Mode. Please excuse my godawful drawin' skills and the fact that I took this with a point and shoot camera (Curse you, scanner!).


More bears to come! (possibly)

01-18-2011, 07:22 PM
Scanners just don't work. I have been taking pictures of line art to gussy up in Photoshop for months now.

01-18-2011, 09:06 PM
Laying down some color ... it's taking a while.


01-18-2011, 10:39 PM
This is Bearrison. He is in progress.


01-19-2011, 07:59 AM
That is a DAMN good bear.

Hell, these are all damn good bears!

2. There is no wrong interpretation of the theme.

Time to find out!

01-19-2011, 08:29 AM
Scanners just don't work. I have been taking pictures of line art to gussy up in Photoshop for months now.

Whaaa? Are you saying that scanners just break all the time, or they don't work for you personally. I think scanners are the best! Even if you have to use a phone to document it, keep drawing because your work is really charming. I love the, i dunno, American vernacular type lady applying frosting to the bear.

Deptford, nice try, but I think your B.E.A.R. comic is great. You thought you were going to flip this challenge on its ear, but jokes on you for doing a second drawing already. Also I just noticed the boxing bear isn't saying "die, die!" it's his nose, which has its own tiny mouth. Now I got double laughs out of that one.

Demoweasel, sweet job, I wish you had an animation studio at your disposal. Your confident drawing and nice varied line weights keep getting stronger, can't wait to see color.

There's too much stuff to mention all at once, which is awesome. I should be able to make something this evening.

01-19-2011, 09:10 AM
I feel it is my duty to make a half-assed, sloppy contribution, and I have determined that said contribution should focus on the most terrifying of all fusions, that of owl and bear:


01-19-2011, 12:18 PM
it's just, I don't know, kind of a bear, you know
it's good to take a break between comic pages B']

Mr. J
01-19-2011, 01:01 PM

I love that he is drinking his water with his hand.

Everything in here has been great so far, keep it up.

01-19-2011, 01:37 PM
Bleh. I don't think I ever draw anything furred if I can help it. Definitely my first time drawing bears. I discovered that I cannot accurately picture a live action bear today. I also briefly mistook this threads title for being, "The Undine Form." Anyways, yeah, this contribution is meh, but, I wanted to do something.

01-19-2011, 02:04 PM
I did mine in Flipnote (http://flipnote.hatena.com/57A1805027494DBB@DSi/movie/494DBB_0A61062981986_001?in=ch/11538544515776828932) :cool:

01-19-2011, 05:35 PM

01-19-2011, 08:23 PM
Meant to post this yesterday. Worked on it a little bit more since.


WIP, critiques welcomed.
(e: Second dotted line is a guideline for the back.)

01-19-2011, 08:59 PM
One moment, frozen in time.



01-20-2011, 05:27 AM
Bear thread wins.

Also: makes me wish I could draw. =(

01-20-2011, 07:54 AM
Bear thread wins.
Also: makes me wish I could draw. =(
That didn't stop me.

01-20-2011, 12:38 PM
I knew these DVDs of the Complete National Geographic that I asked and got for Christmas two years ago would be useful someday...


01-20-2011, 12:47 PM
That didn't stop me.

01-20-2011, 01:59 PM
Heck, it's not stopping me either.

He slumbers long, through winter chill,
The cavern echoes with his breath,
His pulse, once fast, is almost still;
Seems near enough to death.

While cold and ice do scourge the land
Their brutal beauty, shining white
While snow drifts lie like frozen sand
The bear knows only night.

The winter grasps from here to yon
But cannot reach inside his den
The bear, unknowing, slumbers on
'Til life returns again.

01-20-2011, 03:35 PM

01-20-2011, 03:59 PM
Nice. I keep forgetting about Moosh. Secret best Zelda mount? Actually, I liked the kangaroo (uh, but I forgot his name) and Dimitri the dodongo.

01-20-2011, 04:47 PM
Actually, I liked the kangaroo (uh, but I forgot his name)

Ricky, I think.

01-21-2011, 09:00 PM
Alright, had some time to skecth something tonight while I was watching the Merchant of Venice. This has nothing to do with it, excepting perhaps the boats.


Dtsund, that was a really sweet poem. The tone really reminded me of the slightly airy, slightly sentimental poems that Bill Waterson used to write for Calvin and Hobbes. I hope you write a lot of them.

I'll comment some more later, It's bed time.

01-23-2011, 09:29 AM
How the hell did I miss this?

01-23-2011, 01:05 PM
How the hell did I miss this?

You didn't miss it! Hi!

PaganElements, It's always nice trying something new. Fur is tough because you can't really draw it, just a description of it. If someone wanted to make a really photorealistic painting of fur they would have more success but I don't see any of us being interested in that. Did you think about looking for a reference when you couldn't picture one from scratch? You don't have to copy a picture, it will be a useful tool regardless. One thing that's nice about thick fur is how it obscures the anatomy. It can give you a lot of breathing room if you're in the general ballpark.

Warg, the character is really expressive. He's kind of awkward and definitely easy to enrage. But then he's got these sock feet and regular guy hands, which make him feel friendlier than a bear, like all the other bears make fun of him. Drawing through the figure is definitely working for you, and I'm curious how much of that you'll let show as you keep drawing. It's a really nice visual texture, but some of those internal lines will have to be pushed back or erased for it to look like a whole figure instead of a collection of parts. Either way it will give you a good understanding of the form when you start adding values.

Bobbywatson, I like the scribbly quality of your lines around the rear of the bears and the plants in the background. They're really confident, and it's the more belabored and overdrawn parts of the bears outline that are suffocating that. Your hatching is also doing a great job of conveying surface geometry as well as light and shadow, which is right on. Keep practicing and adding values...though your reference was probably polar bears on snow which don't give a lot to work with. In that case choose to serve your picture over the reference material.

If anyone else wants some extra critiqueing let me knoooow. Also any suggestions for next weeks challenge?

Pajaro Pete
01-23-2011, 01:08 PM
Also any suggestions for next weeks challenge?

Now I'm thinking this should be next week's art challenge: design a moe Antichrist!

01-23-2011, 02:00 PM

Kate or Die!
01-23-2011, 02:23 PM

01-23-2011, 03:37 PM
I'd like to do an animal, monster, or mythological creature.


01-23-2011, 03:51 PM
This isn't going to get locked when next week's thread is introduced, right? I want to contribute, but I don't want to draw anything right now.

01-24-2011, 04:49 AM
Traumadore, your last was amaaaaazing. Also, I should finish my bear and put it up already. The bear is mostly done, it's just the girl that needs work.

01-24-2011, 09:16 AM
Traumadore, your last was amaaaaazing. Also, I should finish my bear and put it up already. The bear is mostly done, it's just the girl that needs work.

Word. Traumadore's stuff is the bestest.

01-24-2011, 09:37 AM
Thanks for the kind word. I would definitely change the front of the boat though, I realized after sketchin' that anyone with a north pacific coast art tradition would carve it in the round, not just engrave a face on the sides of a piece of carpentry.

Otherwise I kind of just drew without thinking and after ten minutes realized I needed to get some books out. I based the bear design on the apron on a photo of a totem pole, just flattened it. It's probably my favorite part and it's completely borrowed. Anything from a people for whom art was an simply a part of everything is unquestionably solid.

And also this thread will not be locked or anything once the new one appears, it's just not that formal.