How To Draw A Bear Using Basic Shapes? [5+ Easy Steps]

Breaking down any process into manageable bits is a great way to approach what might seem to be a challenging job. Breaking down a complicated subject such as drawing a bear into simple shapes can help you begin to describe its overall structure if you’re having trouble drawing it. All you need is a firm understanding of how to draw basic shapes which we’ll go through in detail here.

What are the basic shapes in drawing?

Anyone who is serious about their art education understands the value of the basics. These fundamental topics are similar to the foundation of a building: you must first lay the foundation before you can go into greater detail. The following are fundamental shapes in drawing :

  • Line Segment
  • Triangle
  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Circle
  • Oval

 How do you draw basic shapes?

The following methods can be used to draw simple shapes.

  1. Line Segment

The line segment is made up of two vertices connected by a line. To draw a line segment, start by locating the two vertices and then joining them together.

Necessary Equipment to draw Line segment: Scale
line segment

2. Triangle

The triangle is made up of three vertices connected by three lines. To draw a triangle, start by locating three vertices and then join the vertex to the remaining two vertices by line segments.

Necessary Equipment to draw Line segment: Scale

3. Square

The square is made up of four vertices connected by four lines. To draw a square, start by locating the four vertices which are equidistant and then join the vertex to the adjacent two vertices by line segments. In square, all sides are of equal length.

Necessary Equipment to draw Line segment: Scale

4. Rectangle

The rectangle is made up of four vertices connected by four lines. To draw a rectangle, start by locating the four vertices and then join the vertex to the adjacent two vertices by line segments. In rectangles, parallel sides are of equal length.

Necessary Equipment to draw Line segment: Scale

5. Circle

Place the pencil in the slot at the end of the compass and tighten it into place to form a circle. If you want a large circle, move the compass arms apart so that the angle between them is greater. If you want a small circle, bring your arms closer together so that they form a small angle.

Place the compass where you want the circle to be drawn. The outside of your circle will be marked by the end of the compass with the pencil attached, and the middle of the circle will be marked by the other end of the compass.

Rotate the compass thus keeping both ends on the piece of paper so the end with the pencil turns around and draws a circle. If you move the compass when drawing the circle, it will result in an imperfect circle.

Necessary Equipment to draw Line segment: Compass

6. Oval

To begin to draw an oval, we will draw a plus sign, keeping in mind that the vertical line must be longer than the horizontal line. This will serve as a foundation.

intersecting lines

In the next step, start drawing a circle-like shape in a curbed manner, making sure it touches all sides of the plus.

vertical circle

Finally, delete this plus sign completely without leaving any signs, and be cautious of your oval. So that’s how easy it is to draw an oval.


What role do basic shapes play in drawing?

A shape is commonly thought of as a closed contour. So, if you draw a line and then enclose it, you’ve made a shape. In the development of art, shapes may play an important role. They aid in the creation of complex drawings and paintings, influence composition, and contribute to the work’s overall balance.

A Two-dimensional area defined by a change in value or some other type of contrast is called a shape. All shapes are two-dimensional, meaning their length and width are the only dimensions they have.

All shapes will be classified into one of two groups. Geometric or normal forms are easily identifiable. Math may be used to learn more about these shapes, and these shapes usually have a name. Circle, triangle, rectangle are some examples.

Shapes that appear to obey no laws are known as organic or freeform shapes. Organic shapes don’t usually have a name and aren’t usually man-made. We should train ourselves to see the world as shapes. Recognizing the shapes we see will help us draw and paint more effectively.

We can draw something by combining geometric and organic forms. When we isolate basic geometric and organic forms, even the most complex objects become simple to draw.

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How to draw using basic shapes?

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of a drawing is deciding where to begin. Knowing how to put pencil to paper can be the trickiest task of all, if you’re working with a dizzying composition of figures, creatures, still life, houses, or a bunch of tulips. That’s a little more difficult, but it’s the kind of thing you can do by breaking down your subject into simple shapes. The steps for drawing with basic shapes are as follows:

Step 1: Print a copy of the reference picture at the desired size in black and white.

Step 2: Place a piece of tracing paper over your picture and gently tape it down to hold it in place.

Step 3: To create the rough outline of the picture, gently sketch in several simple shapes. Don’t go into too much depth just yet. Keep in mind that you’re not tracing the outline. It’ll only be a rough estimate of shape and type, but it’ll be similar.

Step 4: Start creating a more accurate outline of the picture, using the simple shapes as a reference, by removing the tracing paper from the picture and comparing it all the time.

Step 5: After you’ve finished this portion, gently remove the rough guidelines and add any additional detailing you want.

What precautions to take while drawing basic shapes?

When drawing with basic shapes, we should take the following precautions:

  • More realistic shapes and details should be added.
  • Make a simple shape with a pencil.
  • To make it easier to see, make the outline a little thicker than normal.
  • Make use of a good eraser.

Benefits of drawing basic shapes

  • Fine motor skills are improved

Every advanced movement of the hands, wrists, and fingers is referred to as fine motor skills. When you write, drive, or even text as an adult, you depend on fine motor skills. It’s important that your child learn good fine motor skills from an early age.

One of the most effective ways to develop a child’s fine motor skills is to have them hold and manipulate writing instruments. Drawing provides instant visual input that varies depending on the tool and how it is used by your kid. This input aids your child in determining the most effective methods for achieving the desired result.

  • Visual Analysis Is Encouraged

Some concepts that you can take for granted, such as distance, size comparison, and textural variations, are not yet understood by young children. Drawing is an excellent way for your child to learn these concepts in a structured manner.

  • Aids in the development of concentration

Since most children love drawing, this activity allows them to practice focus and concentration. And in grade school, these principles will be critical to your child’s academic performance. Learning how to pay attention to small information, focus on a particular goal, and practice difficult tasks will help your child grow.

  • Improvement in Hand-Eye coordination

Drawing helps the child make correlations between what he or she sees and what he or she does, which improves hand-eye coordination. This hand-eye coordination is crucial in sporting and recreational environments, as well as academic settings like penmanship lessons. Draw an object when looking at it or duplicate a drawing you created to improve hand-eye coordination.

  • Individual Trust is Boosted

Your child will gain courage when he or she has the ability to construct tangible representations of his or her imagination, emotions, and experiences. Your child will have more intrinsic inspiration, self-worth, and validity if he or she draws. This encouragement will boost his or her trust in places that aren’t as normal for him or her as drawing.

  • Teaches Problem-Solving Creativity

Drawing helps the child to think about new ways to solve problems. When your child sketches, he or she must figure out how to link body parts, depict feelings, and depict specific textures. Giving your child unique drawing tasks and discussing his or her paint, technique, or special choices over time will help him or her develop better problem-solving skills.

How to draw a bear using basic shapes?

At first glance, you might believe that drawing a bear is difficult– but you couldn’t be more wrong. You’ll be able to draw your own bear by breaking it down into its simplest components.

You’ll need the following items to draw a picture of bear:

  • Paper for drawing 
  • Reference photo of bear
  • Tracing Paper
  • Pencil 
  • Eraser

To make your own bear painting, follow these step-by-step instructions. 

Step 1: Print a copy of the reference picture of the bear at the desired size in black and white.

Step 2: Place a piece of tracing paper over your picture and gently tape it down to hold it in place.

Step 3: To create the rough outline of the picture, gently sketch in several simple shapes. Don’t go into too much depth just yet. Keep in mind that you’re not tracing the outline. It’ll only be a rough estimate of shape and type, but it’ll be similar.

Step 4: Bears are a huge, bulky creature. Draw a simple oval to represent their midsection. This will be the bear’s body, which we will continue to expand on in the following steps.

simple oval

Step 5: Draw a smaller circle near the body, but not quite touching it, that will eventually become your bear’s head. Draw a circular rectangle to go along with the bigger circle to represent the bear’s snout.

smaller circle oval

Step 6: Draw a wide oval between the head and the body that begins just above the bear’s back and continues toward the ground. This is going to be the bear’s front arm. If you look at a picture of a real bear, you’ll notice that their shoulders almost always stick out far from their backs, which is why the arm’s oval must sit higher than the other ovals.

how to draw a bear using basic shapes step 6

Step 7: To draw your bear’s other arm, simply repeat the previous move. However, for realism, I’ve made the bear’s back leg stick out slightly to give the impression that he’s walking.

bear's arm

Step 8: We’ll follow the same steps as in the previous two steps to draw the bear’s back legs. The key distinction between the front and back legs is that the back legs are significantly shorter and broader than the front legs. I’ve also drawn one of the back legs pointing forward, as you can see.

bear's back legs

Step 9: Looking at the image, we need to link all of the ovals to form a single continuous shape. The arrows on the left image indicate where lines should be drawn to join the shapes. This will basically give our bear a very simple skin.

linking all the ovals

Step 10: You may have ended up with a drawing that was a little perplexing after the last move. To complete this move, we must delete all of our previous guidelines, leaving only the bear’s outline. By now, you should have a rough sketch of your bear. On the top of the bear’s head, I added a pair of basic ears.

bear sketch

Step 11: In this process,  removed the bear’s outlines and replaced them with jagged lines. These jagged lines help to give the impression of fur.

We’ll also need to draw a simple half-circle in the corner of the bear’s snout and a half-open slit under the nose to represent the bear’s mouth. Draw a line halfway between the bear’s ears and nose to represent the bear’s tiny eyes.

bear's body

Step 12: At this point, your bear is almost done. Last but not least, remove the line that closes the bear’s mouth and instal a slit in the bear’s nose.

I’ve also added a few lines randomly across the bear’s body to give it some fur and volume, as you can see in the picture on the right.

draw a bear with basic shapes

Congratulations if your bear resembles the one on the right. If not, practice some more. You can only improve.


Drawing a bear necessitates some training in terms of animal drawing practice. The most important thing to remember when drawing a bear is to emphasize its fearsome nature. If you’re drawing a bear for kids, the character should just imitate real brown bears in appearance and have a friendly demeanor. To draw a ferocious-looking bear, you’ll need to have a long snout and large, strong predatory claws on its legs. Step by step, paying attention to the proportions. The best results will come from progressively adding specifics as you draw.

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