Set your preset shape to ellipse and draw an ellipse for his body under the head layer.
Place your top node at 150x116. We want to be sure your body is centered under the head. My bottom node is at 150x155.
Pull the right node to 165x141. Pull the left node to 135x141. Click on the right node and pull the handle towards the center a couple pixels.
Do the same thing for the left node. You’re going to end up with an egg shape.

body

This is pretty much the shape for his body but we’re going to have to erase some pixels before we’re done but let's leave this as is for the time being.
If you’re making a smaller bear, don’t convert this to a raster yet. Add a new raster layer, click your preset ellipse.
Draw an ellipse on the left side of his body and rotate it so it’s on an angle coming out from the bear’s head.
This will be his left arm.

arm

Click the top node and place it at 142x116. It’s going to be in line with the bottom of your bear’s head.
Click the bottom node and place it at 117x151.
We need to add some nodes to his arm so with your mouse at 119x140, hold the ctrl and add a node. (Ctrl, then right click mouse to add node.) With your mouse at 128x147, add another node.

arm

Click on the right node you just added and pull the bottom handle down a little.
Click on your added left node and twist the handle so it’s nearly horizontal across the canvass.

arm

(I forgot to add a screen shot of that twist and after getting this far, I’m wondering if it would have been easier to see my screen shots if I left off my grids.)
Continue playing with the bottom nodes until you get a shape which resembles a bear’s paw. I never seem to come out with the exact same shape, twice.
We still need to do some work on his shoulder area. Twist your handles so they form a lop-sided v.

shoulder

When you’re happy with your arm, save it for your smaller bear before converting to a raster layer.

We’re going to be erasing some of the arm pixels so it should look as if it fits the body better and adding some pixels.
Let’s do that now. Convert this layer to a raster layer.
Since your arm may not look the same as mine, you may want to add the pixels we’re going to need first, and then erase all the extras.
Click on your paint brush and set your brush to: Square, size 1, Hardness, 100, step 25, Density 100, Opacity 100.
Be sure you’re on the arm layer and add some pixels. My added pixels are in blue, but your arm may not fall in the same spot as mine so you’ll have to play around with this a little.

arm

Now click on your eraser tool and erase some of the pixels leading up to his head.
The pixels I’m erasing are in red. Some of those pixel may be on your body layer
so you’ll have to switch layers if nothing happens when you click the eraser tool. If you get to your white background, just pixel in the holes with your fill color.
Once you’ve erased and added your pixels, duplicate your arm layermirror.
It should end up where it belongs on the other side of your bear.

arms

Be sure to save and next onto the legs


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