Ganuk the polar bear

Here’s a cover illustration I did for the November issue of WILD magazine. The article follows Ganuk, a rescued polar bear, as he goes about his daily routine at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in northern Ontario.

ganuk polar bear

Wild Magazine

polar bear sketchThe initial sketch compared to the final cover design; all cut paper except for the bubbles which were added in photoshop.

While doing research for the assignment, I  learned some pretty neat things about the habitat. For one, you can swim with the polar bears – – okay, so technically there’s a pane of glass between you and a 275 kg bear, but it makes for a pretty cool photo. And secondly, I never pictured polar bears eating so much fruit and vegetables, but apparently they enjoy it; all two-and-a-half kilograms a day! Ganuk’s keeper feeds him whole watermelons in the summer. Imagine that! Perhaps someday, I’ll drive the seven hours up to Cochrane to see for myself.


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