How to Draw an Asiatic Black Bear

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Asiatic Black Bear in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Asiatic Black Bear.

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How to Draw an Asiatic Black Bear - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's start with the head. Draw a large rounded shape with two small protruding circles for the ears and lines for the fur detail.

Step 2: Let's add detail to the face - draw a line to contour the face, two dots for the eyes, and two more curved lines for the bear's nose.

Step 3: Let's start the body - simply draw a line that slopes downwards for the top.

Step 4: Now for the hind legs - Draw the first by continuing the back line, and then the second, leaving a gap!

Step 5: Finish the body by drawing a line for the belly and the bear's front legs!

Interesting Facts about the Asiatic Black Bear

The Asiatic black bear is also known as the Himalayan black bear, Moon bear, Asian black bear, or Tibetan black bear. It is black with a white V-shaped crescent moon on the chest. They can be found in southern Asia, southeast China, Japan, and southeast Russia. They live in forest areas, especially by hills and mountainous areas. Adult males weigh from 220 to 440 pounds (100 to 200 kilograms), and adult females weigh from 110 to 275 pounds (50 to 125 kilograms). Cubs weigh 10.5 ounces (298 grams) at birth. Asiatic black bear cubs become independent at around the age of six months but tend to stay with their mothers for two to three years. These bears eat insects, fruits, invertebrates, nuts, small mammals, and carrion.

Did you know?

  • Asiatic black bears are closely related to American black bears.
  • Humans and tigers are two of their main predators.
  • The lifespan of the Asiatic black bear is about 24 years.
  • Asiatic black bears can climb trees and have strong curved claws up to two inches (five centimeters) long.
  • This bear is mostly solitary and groups are usually temporary.

Lesson plan note: Take a trip to your local zoo and observe the American black bear. Explain to your child that the Asiatic black bear is related to this bear. Point out different characteristics that you find.