John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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The Right to Arm Bears

Tomorrow's SJ features a certain bear, and as such has taken quite a lot of effort to draw. I've received flak in the past for SJ's noticeable preference for big cats and dearth of most other species, particularly bears. Well the simple truth is that I have a lot of trouble drawing decent bears, and so I tend to avoid it.

So last night, after a lot of frustrated erasing, I suddenly thought, "Duh! Who knows bears better than Herbie? He only helped animate the premiere bear movie of the past decade."

So I called up my "Herbie: All You Can Eat" CD-ROM and studied the "bears" section for several minutes, then went back and tried again, with better (if still not perfect) results. Hopefully tonight I can clean it up enough to make a halfway decent final inking. With the holiday crunch coming, I think I'm definitely going to have to do "Character Q&A" sketches for the next two weeks, if only because I'm not going to be home often enough to sit down at the drawing table for more than a few minutes at a time.

Alas! But I can always use the practice.

-The Gneech
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