I'm still working on Bears on the Stairs. The bears have evolved further, as I knew they would, especially the biggest one. Remember my first sketch:
I want all 3 to appear very distinct from each another, so I've decided to make Big Bear more like a real bear. The body shape is actually nothing like a teddy:
I like their flat feet, that make me think of Dr Seuss (a childhood favourite). I also love the long thin claws that are so bear-like, but I'm wary of the Freddy Kruger thing kicking in. And, though it specifically mentions his teeth, I think I can only get away with them if the rest is less menacing, so I've done away with the pose above and gone for this instead:
Far less scary, but still has an edge to him I hope. Idly playing with the child's toy reminded me of the mock-playful thing I've seen in gangster films, right before something nasty happens! The pose works well with the text too (see below) as he is now more obviously blocking the bedroom door.
I have fitted him into the relevant layout, so now need to fill the left hand side - I'm thinking loud wallpaper and family portraits down the wall (a good device for showing reassuringly happy family life too).
I'm hoping the last couple of pics should enlarge more if you click them (I'm trying stuff which might or might not work!)