How to Draw a Bear Paw

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How to Draw a Bear Paw
Bears have five tows on each foot and the front claws are longer for digging. (grizzly bear paws image by cullenphotos from

Bears come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes depending on the type of bear, what time of the year it is, and how old the bear is. Often bears will be larger in the fall when they return to their caves. Paw size will increase as the bear gets older. Black bears, brown bears and other bears have different shaped paws and claws. According to, "The black bear has claws which are shorter and more curved than those of the grizzly bear." The steps below are for a grizzly bear.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Architecture compass (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw an oval vertically. Draw another oval perpendicular to the first with the top side meeting the top point of the first oval and the bottom side passing through the centre of the first oval.

  2. 2

    Draw five circles (around 1/10 the size of the ovals) an inch above the horizontal oval and following its curved shape.

  3. 3

    On top of each circle, connect a small triangle for each of the claws. The triangles should be around 1/8 the size of the circle.

  4. 4

    Shade around the oval lines to distinguish these areas from each other. Draw small hairs on these lines as well for the bear's paw hair.

  5. 5

    Add texture inside the two ovals by using varying shades of darkness. Do this by shading darker and lighter in areas next to each other.

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