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October 19th 2020 Artists of the week



Good evening Beartaria Creatives! We are back up this week with some amazing traditional and digital art. Thank you for bearing with us while we updated our email security. If you tried to send a submission and received a kick-back, please send it again as our system is back in action. We hope you enjoy it!

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Below are October 19th, 2020 Artists of the week!

Daniel Ramos |  KatanaBear

Katana Bear’s Instagram

An independent Artist based in Chicago (born and raised). Been a member of the Bear community for a few years now, its’ awesome. Drawing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Whether it was just doodling in class or at home, it’s just a fun time for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved animals and nature as well as music, which is a common theme in my art. I’m beginning to take drawing more seriously and am striving to improve and develop my overall style and to help share the beauty of God’s gift to us through art. Nobody is having more fun!

John Bradley

John’s Social Galactic | John’s Poster Archive

I had an art project from 2001-2010 wherein I produced close to 500 “historic racing posters / program covers” for a PC game called Grand Prix Legends, which simulated the 1967 F1 season.

The earliest ones were just cleaned-up scans of ‘real’ pieces from back in the day, but I quickly started doing my own designs using the tropes of the day (a lot of 2- and 3- color prints), and then went off the deep end with designs that had nothing to do with the reality of ‘60s design. (e.g. for “historic festivals” ostensibly taking place in the current day)

Most of the 500 were done at the low in-game resolution (281×431), or at a not-very high 3x size (843×1293), which is good enough for looking at on-screen. But around 100 of them were drawn at a 12x size (3372×5172), good enough for 20×30 posters – I have a bunch of them displayed in my house, and a full set of same in my portfolio.

They’re free and un-watermarked for anybody who wants them.

All the work was done in PhotoshopIllustrator, or Metacreation’s Painter 9, or some combination thereof, depending on the art style in question.

Dylan Smith | King Richard Bear

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Daisy-Anne Dickson

Daisy’s Instagram | Daisy’s Facebook |

I am an artist living and working outside of Atlanta, GA.  I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember, as a small child. Creating and art is a way to rest and recharge my soul and I find enormous solace in it.  I did go on to study art at Oglethorpe University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.  Later, I would go on to earn a Bachelor of a Science in Nursing.  I am currently working as both a freelance artist and a registered nurse in emergency services and surgery.  I find time to create art and accept commissions in my “off” time.  I am also a wife and mother of two. Finding a way to care for myself, so that I may better care for others, has become especially important to me this past year—and art has given me that.

My work could be best described as narrative and often combines both my love of art and science.  My preferred media is acrylic paint, ink and paper collage on canvas or wood panels.  I also enjoy printmaking and often implement concepts of printmaking, such as repetition.  The use of vibrant colors and botanicals, especially roses, has become a recurring theme in my recent work. 

I am submitting my painting “A to Z and Back Again, with Rose Colored Glasses”.  This painting is about removing our ego from a painful circumstance, where we feel we might have already failed or about to give up.  It’s about letting go of the past hurt and pain, to allow ourselves the chance to start over with a better outcome. Ultimately, it is rooted in the lesson of forgiveness. 

Title: “A to Z And Back Again, with Rose Colored Glasses”
Size: 18” x 24”
Media: Acrylic, ink and gold on canvas

Jacob Whalen

Jacob’s Instagram | Jacob’s Behance |

I have been involved in this community since BB’s video on the Notre Dame Cathedral last April. I am an independent Catholic artist and songwriter. I feel like this is a world where I tend to have more to say or share, especially in the public square.

Thank you to all the creatives who submitted their portfolios this week!

We look forward to seeing everyone’s visual creativity! Continue to create and seek the Good, the Beautiful, and the True. Onward to Beartaria!

You can find out more about the Artists of the Week here.


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Drawing the Line



A written guide by Handdrawnbear

What is a line?

Lines don’t exist in nature, it is a two-dimensional construct of the mind in an attempt to understand and represent three-dimensionality.

One might be tempted to think of edges as lines, that is how we describe a cube after all, but there are plenty of objects such as a ball, which has no edges, that also must be described by lines.

Lines are statements about where one surface ends and the next surface begins from our point of view. A line is used to define the limit of our perception, when an object or surface goes beyond our view; like the horizon line, it means we can see this much and no further.

How do we use a line?

It’s more a question of where, rather than how. Lines can be used to describe any object, but first, determine your level of magnification. How lines are used will differ whether we’re drawing a forest, a single tree, one branch, or just one solitary leaf.

We are informing the viewer where the edges of our perceptions are for this particular drawing, which will be defined by the level of magnification of the subject.

Drawing a forest means defining the edges and boundaries of the forest, therefore we must not concern ourselves with defining the edges and boundaries of each leaf.

Likewise, drawing a chicken means we can’t be tempted to define each feather; drawing a bear precludes us from focusing on every hair. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Handdrawnbear’s approach to drawing.

I can only speak for myself here, but the approach I take with any drawing is to use the least amount of lines possible, and start with the most important lines. Just as brevity is to wit, economy of lines is to a drawing. No one likes a line-salad of a drawing.

Let me explain. Say we’re drawing a bear, if you could only use one line to describe that bear, what would that line look like? I usually choose the line of the spine from nose to heel, which describes the posture of the animal.

Next, if you could only describe the bear using two lines, which line would you add? I’d put in the head in this instance. And then from there we continue to build the drawing from most important to least important lines, also known as drawing from the general to the specific.

This approach not only helps organize the drawing process, but also ensures that if we’re drawing from life and the subject moves or wanders away, we have put down as much essential information on paper as possible.

These methods have served me well over the years, and I hope you find them helpful, too.


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How to Draw Faces – A Quick Introduction

A written guide and video by Handdrawnbear



A written guide and video by Handdrawnbear

There was a fat little Asian kid who sat alone at every lunch break, furiously scribbling on stacks of scrap paper salvaged from the classroom recycling bins.

This is how I spent my public school days, not a minute was wasted on “learning.” Now, I confidently say that I can draw anyone I lay eyes on. It’s not a boast, quite the contrary, drawing is the only way I can truly understand what anything actually looks like. My husband is often exasperated by how mechanically illiterate I am, I answer him honestly, “Dear, I’ve never drawn a car engine.”

Now you might say, but Handdrawnbear, I’m not as weirdly wired as you, how can I learn to drawn everyone?

Let me first clarify, we are speaking here only of observational drawing, which differs from technical or architectural drawing in function and form.

Drawing is a language, but not a hieroglyphic one. Hieroglyphs are preconceived symbols, clichés if you will. How would you like to read a novel written only in clichés and figures of speech? You wouldn’t like it at all. Even though symbols may be a shortcut to meaning, they are also extremely limiting; if you don’t have a glyph for something, then you can’t describe it.

Instead, when you draw from observation, look at it with the eyes of a blind man who’s just been given his sight. Throw out your preconceived notions of what anything should look like and really see what you’re trying to describe with your drawing.

When drawing someone’s face, really look at them and see what makes it unique from other faces. These three legends below could all be described as “a bearded man”, but they are actually so very different from each other.

Woodshopbear has a very striking countenance, his eyes are farther apart than the average man which gives him a very intense look.

Westsidebear’s soulful eyes are like gems if you can find them in his sheer amount of hair.

BigBear’s cheeks are like tall shields over which his sharp eyes pierce through and sees your browser history.

Everyone has an ideal average face in their mind, but it’s the departure from the average that individualizes each face. There is a danger in exaggerating features however, as you veer further away from reality you may venture into the monstrous. The way to avoid this is love and charity, it may sound funny but it will show through your drawing. I am unable to make someone I despise look good, and I’m probably not alone.

Of course, practice makes perfect, or as close to perfection as we can get this side of the eschaton. So draw everything, draw all the time. Draw from life whenever possible. Don’t be precious about your drawings. Craft comes before art, it’s hard before it’s easy. But whatever you do, never trace a photograph. Tracing is a useless exercise that gives instant gratification but no lasting benefit.

Drawing is observation and adoration combined. Because this realm is full of beauty, drawing is a reply in kind, a dialogue with creation.

Don’t seek accolades, you’ll only find emptiness; instead, give with your craft relentlessly to those you love, and you’ll find tribe and so much kindness and gladness in return. This is the beautiful truth I’ve encountered with the community of Bears.

And that little fat Asian girl? Well, she’s still drawing and learning to see. 

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Arts and Crafts

Beartaria Times Weekly Arts & Crafts Gallery 1/25/21




Greetings Beartarian Artists and crafters, We are starting this year of the blackjack with a powerful new gallery of creatives. The Beartaria Times App is crushing and the artists and crafters are displaying a unique set of creativity and skills. Take a look below at just a fraction of the amazing talent that is submitted through the Beartaria Times App.

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Handdrawn Bear

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Harmony Bear


Holy Quail Bear




Tina MountainGoat

Instagram | Etsy Store


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I’m continually amazed by the talent and skill that is community has to offer. I hope you continue to crush and seek the good the beautiful and the true. Onward to Beartaria!


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