I'm celebrating the end of my first year of bear-making and have had a wonderful time. I have completed 6 bears with one under construction. I know 6 isn't very many compared to full time artists and some other hobbyists, but I'm happy with my progress. Maybe one day I can retire and spend more time on bear-making. My bears are such a comfort!
I did a weekend workshop with the wonderful Linda Benson and learnt how to do eyelids ( or actually conjunctiva to be more accurate), eye-whites, a nose moulded from a piece of fabric, an open mouth with tongue and sculpted leather paw pads. I'm beginning to feel I know something about bear-making now.