Well, well, well.. I tell you: this is not the number I had planned to show you (and draw, in the first place) as the second bear in The Popular series. No. But I guess it really doesn't matter now. What's done is done.
This particular bear comes from a Russian folk tale: Mashenka and the Bear.
I've noticed Russians like bears a lot, and I would be lying if I said I do not find that pleasing.
I really like about this tale is the ending. Unlike the classic Grimm
tales, where the villain is horribly punished, this one seems to just
take an easy look on life approach.
I've come across this particular tale when gathering materials for the
children's books illustration workshop I'm attending. I own a little
old book, [in Spanish (!)] published in USSR with images from an animation film
made by Soiuzmultifilm - or so it says on the back cover.
Should you be curious, you can read the story here (in English), it's really short.
also seen an old (1960's) Russian stop motion animation movie floating
around and a newer version (? I didn't check this one, it made me laugh
though because I saw some thumbnails and my Mashenka has the same colour
on her coat as the character is this animation - talk about
Media: watercolours & fine liners.