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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