Accurate illustrations of all extant species of bear; American Black Bear, Asian Black Bear, Giant Panda, Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacled Bear and Sun Bear; in the gallery is the . All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. Most illustrations are available in both line art and full color. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the animal you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific animals can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an to the artist.
All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and colorThe animal drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
Bears are something I have, over the years, somewhat struggled with. Fur can be hard to render in the style that I have chosen, many of them being dark and covered in fur. But over the years I added more and more of the extant species (even drawing an extinct species - the North American . An organization dedicated to preserving these animals contacted me asking if I would consider drawing the remaining species so they could use the drawing for education purposes. Luckily I had some good reference photos by my friend Valerie Abbott - who has spent many years taking photos of bears in zoos and in the wild - who was kind enough to allow me to use them to create the final two species - the Asian Black Bear and Sloth Bear. I'm glad to have completed all extant species, and may at some point being to draw some of the numerous sub-species.
Bears mammals of the family Ursidae. They are caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails. The polar bear is mostly carnivorous, the giant panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo, and the remaining six species are omnivorous with varied diets. Except courting individuals and mothers with their young, bears are typically solitary animals. They are generally diurnal, but may be active during the night (nocturnal) or twilight (crepuscular) particularly around humans. Bears possess an excellent sense of smell and, despite their heavy build and awkward gait, are adept runners, climbers, and swimmers. In autumn, some bear species forage much fermented fruit, which affects their behaviour. Bears den in caves and burrows; most species occupy their dens during the winter for a long period (up to 100 days) of sleep that resembles hibernation. Bears have been hunted since prehistoric times for their meat and fur. With their tremendous physical presence and charisma, they play a prominent role in the arts, mythology, and other cultural aspects of various human societies. In modern times, the bears' existence has been pressured through the encroachment on their habitats and the illegal trade of bears and bear parts, including the Asian bile bear market. The IUCN lists six bear species as vulnerable or endangered, and even least concern species, such as the brown bear, are at risk of extirpation in certain countries. The poaching and international trade of these most threatened populations are prohibited, but still ongoing.
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