He is Kermode or Spirit bear, which is a white variant of a black bear. I love black bears the best, so this way I still get to make one.
I have figured out a new easier way to open and close the eyes. It is still a struggle, but this new way has cut quite a few hours off of the process.
I also took an airbrushing class last summer with artist Judi Paul. (In my opinion she is the master in the teddy bear world when it comes to airbrushing.) So now after many years of only shading by hand, I finally got the nerve to start airbrushing with the bears for the Philly show. It makes a big difference on these light bears. It adds depth to the fur. What I like best that the fur stays very soft to the touch.
One thing that is very important to me is the bear’s profile. I have worked hard at getting the head to sit forward on the body. Seems like a silly thing to care about. This picture to me makes it worth all the trouble. He sits just like a little bear should.
And cute butt shots are something else that I work for. It’s not as easy as you would think to get a bears legs pulled in nice a straight when on all fours.
Willcox will be on ebay till Sunday, 6/9/13. I hope if you get a chance you will pop over and visit him there.