Bear Face Painting Design

by Philadelphia Tivoli · 19 comments

“Bear Face Painting Design”
By Ben Bonser

Hi Philly. :)

Here’s the step by step for a bear design.

(1) Start by sponging a white, biege or yellow muzzle around the model’s nose, mouth and chin. You should avoid the nose, lips and the groove between. Also add a round lump near the lips as shown.

(2) Next, sponge the upper part of the model’s face brown (or a butterscotch colour) avoiding the jawline and area next to the chin and a small area around the eye areas. Painting over the corner’s either side of the bridge of the nose makes the brow seem lower and this illusion will be made clearer in the next step.

(3) Using a darker shade of brown, sponge a broad area over the jawline either sides of the face, the temple’s and the eye areas you’ve left uncovered. Paint the lower eyelids and the ‘lower socket’* with the same colour. Blend the light and darker brown to make a softer appearance.*lack of better words for it. :P

(4) Using black, paint in the model’s nose, lips and groove. Then the whisker dots, the small lines on bridge the model’s nose (just above the muzzle), the lines under the eyes and the eyebrows.

(5) The finishing touches:-
-Paint feathered darker brown lines around the edges of the face and under the eyes as shown.
-Paint the white whisker lines and the large dot on the nose.

Final Note: I was thinking of blending both an orange patch on the upper cheeks + cheek bones and an orange column on the fore head to add a ‘luster’ to the design. I thought of this after I put the designs together. GAH! Hate it when that happens. :(

Anyway, hope you like this one.




Thank you for sending this in Ben! Good to hear from you, and its great to see your artwork, you’re quite talented on the computer :-)

Please leave a comment if you want to ask questions, or just want to offer encouragement!

Happy Face Painting,

Philadelphia Tivoli
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia Smith Wed at 9:18 am

Love this design, I am going to practice on it today. Thank you so much.


Anne Wed at 7:01 pm

Very nice. Bear designs are hard to find!


Larissa Wed at 10:48 pm

This is awesome! I’ll use it @ the teddy bear’s picnic next year…:)


Gina Thu at 4:23 am

This is just wonderful THANKS

Please keep sending more ideas and fantastic faces
I have to do face painting at my Boss’s function on Sunday and learning quick techniques will be a tremendous help. Please send more….


Elwira Thu at 12:18 pm

I’m on holiday right now, but have to write this comment to you:” Great and simply funny!!! love it


Linda Thu at 9:44 pm

i love the bear!!! thanks so much for sharing. i hope you will share more.
i am in great need of the simple ones that look great – like this one. i have
several nieces and nephews and i do their birthday parties for free as a gift.

question: what do some of you charge for parties?


Lori Tue at 12:34 am

Thanks for this simple bear design!


Mollie Stofan "Mollie the Painter" Tue at 8:38 pm

Nice idea. I’ve never had a bear request before but I probably will in the future!

Could you possibaly post a pic of what exactly it would look like if someone would paint it on a face? I’m sure it would look alot different painted on someone rather than just drawn on the computer :)



Pepper Fri at 12:36 pm

Kewl design thanx for sharing it with us. It gives me a great base idea to play with. Hell I’ll be happy if I can duplicate it as is. But I’m sure gonna try.
Thanx again


giang Tue at 3:27 am

very nice, please keep seding more ideas. I’ll do that for my daughter at her birthday party


Gayna Martha Juliette Boronge Thu at 3:47 am

This design is computerisered? very good & the outlines may need to be a little more blended in down to the neck. This therefore makes it less obvious of the human presence behind the bear disguise.       Gayna Martha Juliette Boronge


Maluda Barkson Thu at 8:07 am

I think this is a great idea! Please send some more pictures & ideas, would be a great help. Love Maluda x


Anonymous Thu at 11:13 pm

quote “This design is computerisered?”

haha yes you can’t tell? each of the pictures is EXACTLY the same! each one just has a little more drawn on it…an actual painted version would be able to be blended down the neck its just hard to do it on a computer :)


Gayna Martha Juliette Boronge Wed at 5:41 am

Dear Guest,
I did realise! I was just stating a fact. If it a face painting tip then it should really be done on a face for a more realistic affect.
I was just stating a fact, no need to get snappy.
Yours sincerly,
Gayna Martha Juliette Boronge


izzy Wed at 6:40 am

thanks this is beary nice


Cal Fri at 3:00 am

Thank you – I used this design today for World Book Day – and it went down a smash at the school I work in. By the way, it was ME that was painted !!!

Thank you xxxxxxx


Lindy Moolman Wed at 12:35 pm

Why ca’t I see the pictures? Can you Pleeeeeaaaaaassse e-mail it to me?
Thanx so much! Any ideas on a pig design?


Philadelphia Tivoli Wed at 10:09 pm

Hi Lindy…the photos are up again, you can check them out now :-) Don’t have anything for a pig currently, sorry!


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