How To Draw a Black Bear

Learn how to draw and colour in your very own cartoon black bear step by step. This fun drawing exercise is suitable for people of all ages.

How to draw a cartoon black bear

Art materials you will need...

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black marker pen
  • Grey, brown, black coloured pencils or felt tips

Watch the video tutorial

This video of how to draw a friendly, furry black bear on all fours is about 5 minutes long. Quickdraw tells you what pens and pencils you will need, and you can pause at any time to catch up. Click the play button below to get started with your black bear illustration.

Step by step guide

Sketching and colouring in a cartoon black bear drawing is easy when you take your time and go at your own pace. Scroll down to see how it's done, step by step.

  • How to draw a cartoon black bear part 1

    1. The head and front leg

    Hello art fans, today we will be learning to draw a cartoon black bear. 

    Grab a pencil, eraser, marker pen and some colours: a black, grey and yellow. 

    Let’s begin! 

    The first step is easy, sketch out a round shape for out bear’s head and then two bendy lines for the front leg. 

    At the bottom of his leg, a rounded paw. 

  • How to draw a cartoon black bear part 2

    2. A friendly face

    Some facial features now for our bear - two round ears. 

    A pair of circles for eyes. 

    Then for the snout, which is like a pear shape. 

    Inside the snout, is our cartoon bear’s nose and two curvy lines for a friendly smile. 

    That’s right, scary black bears can be friendly too!

  • How to draw a cartoon black bear part 3

    3. The big bear body

    Wait he’s about to topple over, so let’s draw in the other front leg and paw, like so. 

    Some razor sharp claws? Why not. 

    On to the rest of the body. When drawing a bear always remember, there’s usually a hump in its back that joins on to a ginormous, furry bottom which takes up most of the body shape. 

    Curve that line all the way around and down so that you can add another leg, this time a back leg, in with enough room. 

    What have we missed off? 

    Oh right, a cute fluffy tail, a second back paw poking under our bear’s round belly. 

    And two more sets of paw claws.

  • How to draw a cartoon black bear part 4

    4. Grab a marker pen

    Awesome, step two now which is tracing over our pencil lines. 

    We use this technique because it transforms an ordinary pencil sketch into a cartoon style drawing - it’s a fab trick! 

    Take your time and capture as much detail on the bear’s head, body and legs as you can. 

    What about a bear joke..? What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear! Haha, your school friends will love that one. 

    Hey, there are plenty more bear-themed drawing ideas on Quickdraw’s channel - including famous bear like Paddington and Winnie the pooh, but also koalas, pandas and polars too - don’t forget to check them out.

  • How to draw a cartoon black bear part 5

    5. Colour in your bear

    Last step now guys, and the most fun part of all. Colouring in! 

    Now because our bear is going to be black mostly, it's a good idea to use a second colour as well otherwise we won’t see any of the marker pen lines. 

    So let’s deliberately leave some spaces like this blank. 

    We can colour them in grey, brown or blue. 

    And this gives off a nice lighting effect. 

    Lastly, beige or yellow for our cartoon bear’s snout. 

    Thanks for watching boys and girls, hope you enjoyed this episode of Quickdraw - see you next time!