Here’s another arctic mask idea for a winter design which should be popular with both boys and girls during the cold months. You may even find a few adults who can’t resist this friendly cartoon polar bear.
1. Begin by painting a half circle over the forehead with Diamond FX white (or another white which gives opaque coverage) with your 1/2 inch flat brush. You can use a sponge for this step if you prefer. If you use a brush, you may also have to sponge over it with white to make sure it isn’t streaky.
2. While I could have used black for the outline, I decided to paint the outline with Global dark blue. In one of the classes I took recently, Margi Kanter used colors for outlining rather than black. I liked the effect, so I decided this would be a good design to try the colored outlines out with, even though I’m more comfortable using black. Use your #2 round with the Global blue for outlining. You may prefer to use the #4 to fill in the polar bear’s nose.
3. Sponge light blue in the background around your polar bear, leaving a space for the hat. Normally I would have put my hat in earlier, but I didn’t want to pick up any of the pigments in the sky background, so I waited until this step was past.
4. Choose a bright color for the bear’s stocking cap, and use your 1/2 inch flat to color it in. I chose green for this, because I used red on my recent penguin mask tutorial. I try to alternate color choices so when children look through my idea book, it contains plenty of colorful variety in the pages. I also wanted to choose Christmasy colors, since we’re in the month before Christmas.
5. Finally, add your blue outlines to the hat as well, again using the #2 round brush. Global dark blue is a very intensely pigmented paint which makes an excellent liner.
6. Finish up by adding some teeth to your polar bear (because who ever heard of a polar bear without teeth!), highlights to the hat and nose, and snow to the background. I also added some bushy eyebrows, primarily because I felt the face looked empty without them. I think they were a good addition.
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