Bears intimidate me, they feature prominently in some of my worst nightmares, however, this one looks more cuddly and mild than most. He is almost smiling. I used the hot metal tip to burn each hair into the leather. For darker areas I burned more hair. Leather is a wonderfully fun surface to burn and respons like melting butter if the burner is too hot, so a combination of temperature control and speed is necessary to make variations in tone.
This piece measures 21” x 25”, is burned on vegetable tanned leather and is stretched over a wood frame.