As with all animal sculpture, gaining the depth of reference material is crucial to enable the sculpting to be sympathetic to the anatomy of the subject. Skeletal, muscular and fur information was researched and even having an understanding of the fully grown Polar bears was an important part of the reference stack.
You can see how the cub went through various stages from early blockout through refinement and finally the form was found. It was a really painful process, trying to create a kind of light, fluffy look to something which will effectively be a solid.
We were aiming to create a cute but realistic feel to the work, retaining some vulnerability and character in the final sculpture.