Snowbear – Bear-a-thought Illustration

The Snowbear illustration was one of the first illustrations that I drew when I started my Bear-a-thought calendars in 2002. Just looking at this illustration that I did 15-years ago on this date in 2001 (can’t believe it was that long!), I can still remember so much about my life then and what I had to do to create this illustration. I remember it had snowed hard in Durham that year and it was an ideal opportunity to get some snowy pictures. I stumbled out into the garden one morning, donned with gloves (fingerless ones, which are the only ones I can wear) and made my self a snowman, or more correctly a snowbear. I tried to make him teddy bear size (or just a bit bigger), so that he didn’t overpower the bear that I had in mind to draw with him.
Snowbear for blogAfter making my snowbear, which called on me to improvise with his features, using leaves for inside his ears and buttons, a cherry-chocolate covered in red foil paper for his nose and some well-known chocolate wrappers for his eyes, I draped a favourite scarf around his shoulders to create that casual, snowbear-around-town look. All that was left was to position my teddy bear, Augustus, in front of my cold creation. I think the addition of the spade was an inspiration and made it look like little Augustus had been hard at work at his snow sculpture.

This was the first illustration to be seen in my very-first calendar and was the first of many, as I had no idea at the time just how popular these illustrations would become or how many different parts of the world would get to see them.

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2 thoughts on “Snowbear – Bear-a-thought Illustration

  1. What a joy to see this beautiful illustration again. From the expression on Augustus’ face, I think he is content that the snowbear is finished and that he can go back inside for a cup of hot cocoa (despite his cute mittens, scarf and hat).

    • Thanks, Peter: you have a good memory if you remember this illustration; I sometimes forget them myself 🙂 i remember I was the one that was frozen with building the snowbear 🙂 Augustus did very little work in truth (although I wouldn’t want this fact widely known to his many fans out there), he only jumped in for the glory moment at the end. Believe it or not, I have a hot cup of cocoa every night – summer or winter, so we have something in common…

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