Bears,
illustrated

Language: English / Castellano

January

by Drew Green

from Atlanta, Georgia, USA
y-gallery / blog

When I was asked to contribute to the Bears, Illustrated project, I was immediately interested. I rarely accept requests to make free artwork, but I really loved the project and what it stood for and could instantly think of how I wanted to contribute.

I was thrilled to be given the month of January. It's my birth month and I like the winter. Originally I thought I would take inspiration from the cold weather, but I decided on doing something a little different.

Lately, my illustration process has started with basic character studies. I'll draw busts featuring different kinds of faces so that I can give myself options and sort of create my own reference. Ultimately, the last one that I drew was the one I based the final design on. After picking a bust that I liked the most, I will often do a full-body image so I can get a feel for the body type and any other details that might be pertinent.

Moving on into the final sketch, I decided to remove his tattoos. January is the start of the year, the start of this calendar, so I wanted someone whose body was sort of a clean slate. No piercings, no tattoos, as much as I love them! The character is young and cubbish (I'm sure there will be plenty of burly bear men later on in the year, but I thought it would be appropriate to have the youngest part of the year represented by a young man). He is uncut. I don't really have a preference either way, but that just seemed to fit the "pristine" theme. His clothing is all over the place, sort of symbolizing shedding all of the baggage of the previous year. And then there's that random bunny doll. My understanding is that 2011 will be the year of the rabbit, so I wanted to incorporate that in there somehow, too (at one point, he had a rabbit tattoo, but I scrapped the idea due to reasons cited above).

Hope you enjoy the illustration and have a wonderful 2011!

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