B is for Bear

B is for Bear Doodlewash

Many of you said Bear for the next letter of our alphabet and I realized I’d only ever sketched teddy bears so I decided to doodlewash a real bear. My good friend Jodi’s suggestion was clever and much more specific. Her fun suggestion was a “big burly bear being brushed” but my attempt to Google reference photos for this turned up a series of hirsute, muscley gentleman with a penchant for minimalist leather attire. I’m not particuarly good at sketching people, so I moved on to “baby bear” as a search query instead.

This led us to this North American brown bear, often referred to as a grizzly bear. Though this one is just a little cub right now, a brown bear can grow as tall as seven feet and weigh up to 350-700 pounds depending on gender. That’s a lot of bear! When you think about it, I guess it’s not terribly dissmilar to what appears in humans these days. Although I’m quite sure you won’t find this bear requiring a Costco mobility scooter to hunt for meat, as he’s horribly unlikely to ever shop there.

I’ve always thought bears were awesome, but probably because I had a lot of teddy bears when I was a kid. I only saw real bears at the zoo and you couldn’t hug them properly so I preferred my stuffed versions. I rather like this doodlewash adventure because all the easy letters with lots of options are at the beginning. Next up is C, so please shout out anything that comes to mind in the comments!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacrodine Gold, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


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  1. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Sweet brown baby bear, Charlie! 😃👍🎨 And thanks for the laugh about your Google search! 😜 Since you think clowns are creepy, I won’t suggest them but what about a cute, cuddly cat? Hehe! 🐱🐾

    • Author

      Haha…it was an eye opening search for sure! Lol Thanks Jill! 💕😃Yeah…couldn’t bear to do I clown I think…but a cat is a definite possibility! Hehe

  2. Sabiscuit 7 years ago

    He needs his own reality show, “Dance Bears.” He’d win, hands down. Look at that pose. Very gangster. xo

  3. Jacob 7 years ago

    Oh Charlie, how hugely disappointed I was to see ‘Bear’ in my e-mails, to open it and find no hirsute men. 😉 Thankfully, your bear cub is a delight in itself! He looks playful fierce – at least I hope it’s playful, especially after noting the claws – and a little possessive. Very powerful.

    The bear would probably be more ruly than most Costco customers 😉

    C is for Crystals (Maze or otherwise)! Cookies! Canary! Chipmunk! Castle! Celestial body! Charlie O’Shields!!!

    • Author

      Lol…yeah it was a bit of a tease if you were expecting the Google search. It was actually fairly tame considering what could have popped up. Glad you liked my bear cub! I think he does want to play…or bite…not entirely sure really. And of course you’d vote Crystal! Hehe😉 I honestly wasn’t sure how to handle all the suggestions…to be honest I think I’m just waiting for the easiest one. 😊lol I have so little time to doodlewash lately.

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        He’s ridiculously cute, whatever his demeanour! And of course I’d suggest crystal! Though, thinking about it, I’m not sure if Time Crystal belongs to C or T. But I’m disappointed in myself that I said cookie but not Cookie Monster, as Kari did – that would be so awesome!

        You don’t make it look as if you’re pushed for time!

        • Author

          Hehe…I will definitely need to try a Cookie Monster one day. But yeah…lately I’ve been extra busy and so I sort of have to choose something I think I can manage quickly. 😊

  4. Awwww he’s so cute!!! Cute Cuddly (Cranky) Cat Could Crush Competitors, Charlie! 😀

  5. Jodi 7 years ago

    What a BEAUTIFUL Baby Burly Bear! And Oh how funny what my suggestion brought up in a google search – hmmm – was it a subliminal message? LOL! Such a sweet, cute doodlewash! Love him Charlie! (and you!) 🙂

    • Author

      Lol…I just had to try it to see what came up and I wasn’t disappointed! Hilarious!! Thanks friend!! 😉❤️😃It gave me a good laugh. But I got pretty close minus the brush I guess. Unless you were meaning the other kind in which case I also missed the leather entirely. Lol Love ya back!

  6. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    Ahahahaha…your Google search is killing me! I can just picture what sorts of questionable photos that brought up! 😀 Thank you for not doodlewashing any hirsute men in leather. LOL!! And I love your little bear! If you get a chance, check out the picture book, Finding Winnie (speaking of bear). It is pretty awesome, too, like your painting! <3

    • Author

      Haha!! Thanks Teresa! ❤️😃I just haven’t gotten the courage to do people yet so you lucked out and got the baby animal version. Oh wow…I just looked at that book….how cool!! Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely be checking it out!!

  7. Cathe 7 years ago

    Okay the bear is cute and all but what about the baboon on a bike? I feel cheated, not even a mention of a baboon…and you expect me to turn the page to “c”… I think not! Okay fine, “c” is for baboon the poor CHEATED character that was not placed in B…baboon… Yes your bear is adorable and fitting…fine.

    • Author

      Haha! 😊😊So sorry Cathe. Your suggestion was the hands down winner, but too hard for this doodlewasher in the 25 minutes I had today. Hehe… I will owe you one baboon on a bike one day. Because it sounds super fun to try!! Lol Glad you liked the consolation prize😊❤️

  8. memadtwo 7 years ago

    I was visiting a friend who lived in the mountains in Georgia and we were walking along near her house and…in person they are huge! We slowly changed our direction. Your little Guy is cute, but I still wouldn’t want to shake hands!
    Cat is obvious. And always garners plenty of likes in my experience. (K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe!! I think I would change direction as well. These guys would be a bit intimidating in person!! Yeah…cat may win out, as I’ve only ever tried one before. Though I never know what will inspire me until I grab for my pen! 😊hehe

    • jmnowak 7 years ago

      “…walking along near her house and…in person they are huge!…” Yes, houses usually are huge, unless they’re tiny houses (yeah, I like watching the Tiny Houses program)…LOL.

  9. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Oh so cute. I like how you painted the fur, Charlie. Your layers of color is very effective. For C, I say Carmel topping in a ice cream sundae. Hehe.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃Glad you liked him!! And yum!! Now I can’t stop thinking about ice cream…we were out and so I couldn’t have any tonight. Lol

  10. anniedrawsthings 7 years ago

    This is adorable! And I’m sure so much better than whatever the first Google search turned up… 😛

    I do love the cat idea… Another fun one that comes to mind is the board game Clue. Although C also stands for Charlie, maybe a self portrait? 🙂

    • Author

      Thank you Annie!! 💕😃 Yeah…this little guy was cuter than anything that search pulled up. Hehe I loved Clue! Fun game. As for a self-portrait…I keep avoiding those. One day I’ll have to conquer my fear of doodlewashing humans. Lol

  11. Teri C 7 years ago

    Such a neat composition with the piece of wood. Love this little cutie cub.
    C is for cranky…..I dare you to try this adjective

  12. Kari 7 years ago

    Lol about your search! You may claim you don’t do people well but I bet your other bear would have been cute too. Hehe. My vote for C would be, “C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me…” I would either like a cookie or the Cookie Monster! 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃And haha…I didn’t one of the “other bears” that I found cute. Many seemed scarier than an actual grizzly! 😳lol And yay! I love Cookie Monster!! He was one of my faves!

  13. Sissh 7 years ago

    I love this little guy! Great doodlewash Charlie.
    Your google search had me laughing out loud and giggling to myself moments later.
    For C, words like comet, constellation, caravan, camel, citrus and chocolate chip cookies! come to mind…

    • Author

      Awww thanks Sissh!! 💕😃Glad you liked this post! Lol… And great C words!! I was think about a camel actually, but still not sure where I’ll end up tomorrow. Of course I never really know until right when I start to sketch. Hehe

      • Sissh 7 years ago

        Thats what makes it so exciting! Can’t wait to see what you’ll doodlewash 😀

  14. kathiwerner 7 years ago

    Sweet bear! If not clown, why not clown fish? Or Coca Cola …

    • Author

      Thanks Kathi! 💕😃 I ended up with cat, but…hmmm….I really need to try a clown fish some day! Nemo! Cool! Real clowns terrify me though. 😊

  15. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    A baby burly bear! Too cute, love how you handled the fur and texture. Loaded with personality and attitude, just what a brown bear needs. Thank you for sharing.

  16. itsmyhusbandandme 7 years ago

    He’s cute. Its a great picture as usual. In my book C is for Chimp. I dare you!

    • Author

      Haha! Thanks!! All these dares… hehe… Love it! But I took the first one. There’s still time though…M is coming! 😉

  17. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Very cute bear. 🙂

  18. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    This brings back fond memories. When Dad worked at the zoo, sometimes he would let me feed bread slices to the grizzly bear. I had to stand behind a line drawn on the floor, stretch out my hand – barely holding onto the bread and the bear had to stick his tongue waaaay out to get it. He was fairly mild-mannered for a grizzly, but Dad was’t taking the chance that I might look more tasty to him than the bread, lol. Love the way you did the fur on your cub!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 What a fun childhood you must of had had! That sounds so awesome!!!

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