These drawings were demos for a class exercise. The subject was a hunter and a chance encounter with an Alaskan brown bear on a hard scrabble beach. Four different compositions are shown along with the supporting sketches.
A full page of bear gestures. I studied some photos and then put them away and tried to remember its most important characteristics. This keeps your sketches fresher.
The next step was developing four compositions with little detail. Most are views from near the hunter, but one takes us out near the bear for a fresh viewpoint.
A series of studies to get the hunter a bit more developed.
I cleaned up the composition sketches with all the elements in place and a little nicer drawing.
This is the final developed composition of the encounter. There is very real eye contact between the adversaries here!