This illustration was done for the book ‘Alexander Trout’s amazing Adventure’, which will be released some time next year. The animated gif above shows the painting steps for the image: I begin with a very rough and undefined sketch, which outlines only the most important, basic contours of the bear. I now start to block in the colors roughly. I use dark colors for this step (the brighter colors and highlights will follow). After the foundation is done, I quickly start to define the bear – I roughly add some fur and decide from which side and direction the light should come in. I gradually add more details as well as strong highlights. Whilst working on the illustration I noticed that I didn’t like the posture that much – the bear’s right claw didn’t look so great, I wanted a more impressive posture and felt that I needed to change the position of the claw a bit. I continued working out more details and gradually added shadows and light adjustments and also rendered the fur and face until I felt satisfied.