Draw a Cuddly Teddy Bear using Charcoal and Eraser

Learn how to draw using charcoal, construction drawing and eraser techniques to create a furry bear
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

In this course you'll discover the wonderful world of charcoal and eraser drawing by creating an adorable furry teddy bear on paper. 

Don't let the whimsical nature of the subject matter fool you though. You will be learning solid fundamental art skills which are applicable to just about any charcoal drawing project. 

If you've ever wondered about charcoal drawing, but thought it might be too hard or too messy then think again!  You'll soon see that charcoal is a highly versatile, easy to use and very forgiving medium.

All the art materials and techniques are explained in an easy to understand manner. Instructor Cindy Wider is with you every step of the way, as she demonstrates the creation of the bear step-by-step right from the start to the finish.

Who is this course for?

This course is absolutely ideal for complete beginners. 

On the other hand, if you are experienced in other mediums but have been searching for an easy and fun introduction to charcoal drawing then this course is also for you.

Its time to roll up your sleeves and get hands on with charcoal and eraser!

You will amaze yourself, your friends and your family as your bear comes to life with fluffy realistic looking fur and a twinkle in its eye. You'll also learn how to customise your bear to make it uniquely yours.

To complete the bear in one sitting then allow at least half a day, but take your time, there's no rush. Just relax and enjoy creating your bear at your own pace.

The finished bear will look great hanging on your wall, or maybe you'd like to give it as a gift to someone special. Oh, and when your bear is finished don't forget to share it! We would love to see your creation.

So come on, roll up your sleeves and start creating your bear! 

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is required
  • A few basic charcoal drawing supplies are required (all of which are readily available from good art supply stores) - A downloadable shopping list is included in the course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw a teddy bear using charcoal and eraser on paper
  • Prepare charcoal and eraser using special techniques, ready for drawing
  • Use charcoal powder to prepare the background of your paper
  • Protect your artwork from smudging
  • Understand the basic principles of the construction drawing technique
  • Apply the construction drawing technique to drawing the outline of your bear
  • Confidently erase your construction drawing to create the final outline drawing
  • Skilfully use eraser techniques to create furry highlights
  • Skilfully use willow charcoal and compressed charcoal techniques to create furry shadows
  • Bring your bear to life with realistic looking fine furry highlights
  • Customise and personalise your bear (using the bow and patch ideas as examples)
  • Protect, preserve and store your bear using Glassine
  • Use charcoal spray fixative correctly to fix the charcoal to your paper

Who is the target audience?

  • Suitable for complete beginners with no art experience
  • Suitable for experienced artists who use other mediums and who would like an easy introduction the charcoal drawing
  • Suitable for Crafters who would like to create a lovely decoration for the home or a wonderful gift for a friend or relative

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Instructor Cindy Wider walks you through the course step-by-step so you know exactly what you will be learning and achieving as you create the wonderful bear using charcoal and eraser.

Section 2: Art Materials

Discover the wonderful charcoal drawing materials you will use to complete your bear. 

By the end of this lecture you will know:

  • Which art materials you need
  • The special techniques required to prepare your art materials for use
7 questions

A quick check to see if you know which art materials you'll be using and how to prepare them!

Section 3: Paper and Background Preparation

This second lecture introduces you to the important topic of charcoal drawing paper, and reveals the skills you need to prepare the background of your paper for charcoal and eraser drawing.

By the end of this lecture you will know: 

  • What kind of paper to use
  • How to create compressed charcoal powder
  • How to prepare the background of your paper ready for charcoal drawing and erasing
Section 4: Construction Drawing

In this lecture you will dive into drawing your bear using the construction drawing method. 

Construction drawing makes it easy to draw just about anything by breaking it down into basic shapes.

By the end of this lecture you will know:

  • The basic shapes that can be used in the construction drawing method to create the bear
  • How create the basic construction drawing shapes in proportion
  • How to draw the following using willow charcoal:
    - Centre and base line line
    - Body and head construction shapes
    - Foot construction shapes
  • - Arm construction shapes
    - Ear and snout construction shapes
Section 5: Outline Drawing

It's now time discover how to erase and refine your construction drawing lines to create the final outline, ready for the next stage of using eraser and charcoal to create the fur texture.

By the end of this lecture you will know:

  • How to use glassine paper to protect your artwork from your hand
  • How to erase your guidelines to create the outline drawing
  • How to refine your outline drawing and correct the proportions
  • How to draw the outline of your light source so you know where the light falls upon your bear 
Section 6: Creating Highlights using your Eraser

Here is where the real fun begins as you start creating the fur texture. As you progress through the course you will refine the fur further until it has a realistic fluffy look.

By the end of this section you will know:

  • How to use the erasing technique to create the fur texture
  • How to apply the erasing technique to your bear

This lecture is part 2 of the previous video.


In this lecture you will concentrate on rendering the fur texture on the arms, feet and body of the bear. 

Section 7: Creating Shadows using Charcoal

It's time to delve into shadows with your willow charcoal stick to begin the process of injecting the illusion of depth and dimension.

By the end of this lecture you will know:

  • Where to place your shadows
  • The different types of shadow areas on the bear
  • Which type of charcoal to use in each part of the shadow area
  • Techniques for rendering the shadow areas

This lecture focuses on rendering shadows on the body and individual body parts.

Section 8: Adding Fine Highlights using Eraser

Now your bear really comes to life as the fine highlights make it look more realistic and fluffy. You will work your way around the whole bear adding your fine highlights, starting with the head.

By the end of the lectures in this section you will know:

  • How to use an eraser to add fine highlights
  • Which erasers you can use for creating fine highlights
  • Where to position your fine highlights
  • How to create the fine erasing technique without smudging your artwork

In this lecture you will mainly concentrate on rendering fine highlights on the body, arms and feet.

You will also learn how to:

  • Use fine highlights to visually separate the bears body parts
  • How to make adjustments and correct mistakes
Section 9: Personalising and Customising your Bear

Now that your bear is looking cuddly its time to take it even further. Because charcoal is such a forgiving medium you can customise it however you like. This section contains two lovely customisation ideas.

  • A ribbon tied in a bow
  • A patch on the foot

You can either try these ideas for yourself , or if you can 'bear' to experiment use these tips to add your own personalised finishing touches.

By the end of the lectures in this section you will know:

  • How to plan your customisations before you draw them on the bear
  • How to add a ribbon and bow to your bear
  • How to draw a patch onto your bears foot 

This lecture continues on from the previous, completing the ribbon and bow customisation.


In this lecture you will draw a patch on the foot of your bear.

Section 10: Preserving and Storing Your Artwork

When your charcoal artwork is complete it's vital that it is preserved and stored correctly. 

In this lecture Cindy shows you how to use a special kind of paper called Glassine to store your bear.


Special fixative sprays help to preserve your artwork.

In this final lecture Cindy shows you the proper technique for using fixative spray, and offers some final words of encouragement.

10 questions

Just for fun, lets see how much you have learned during this course

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Instructor Biography

Cindy Wider, Art Educator, Artist and Co-Founder of DrawPj.com

Hi, I'm a professional artist and art educator with more than 24 years of experience in the art industry. I've helped thousands of people realise their dreams of being able to draw and paint both in live settings and through my online courses.

I'm the Co-Founder of DrawPj.com, which is home to my CPD accredited "Complete Drawing and Painting Certificate Course" presented through a group of my devoted andhighly skilled instructors. I have been teaching online since 2009 and prior to that I co-founded StuartCindy Art with my husband Stuart Wider which grew quickly at the time to become the largest privately owned live art tuition school on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, Australia.

I'm also the author of the soft cover books 'Paint In Your Pyjamas - every woman's guide to finding your life purpose through art', 'Six Pencil Techniques' and co-author of 'Action Painting Workshop' with Stuart Wider. Many of my step by step tutorials and various articles have been published in magazines and soft cover books including; Leisure Painter (The UK’s best-selling art magazine),Ann Kullberg's 'Draw Portraits in Coloured Pencil', 'Color' magazine and I also have a popular tutorial on her website tited 'Ultimate Guide To Drawing An Eye'. 

As a professional artist I've sold more than 350 paintings and drawings through galleries and art shows to both private and corporate collectors. I've been commissioned by major corporations including Microsoft Australia. My art has been been shown  through many solo and touring exhibitions throughout Australia. 

I have discovered that motivated students using my course curriculum over the internet will often equal or surpass the standard of work created in a live tuition setting. I find this exciting and rewarding as time and again I hear course participants confess to me that they 'can't even draw a straight line' but with hard work and dedication they are able to improve their drawing skills in a very short space of time and often with dramatic results. 

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