@Chip-Valecek @Whitney-Simms @chrisaakins @robgale
Hello! Thank you all for your input and encouragement... It's so helpful to get feedback.
Chris mentioned momma bears getting more PR, and being a momma bear myself, I appreciate that. In regards to this piece, I have recently been inspired by the book, "You and Me, Little Bear" by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Barbara Firth, because it's such a loving story about a father bear and child bear that shows the tenderness and caring nature of dads. That's kind of what I was going for here, so I'll probably keep the bear as is and not add any features that might suggest it's a she-bear.
@robgale, you mentioned color and value studies, and when I read that comment I said to myself, "Yes! This is just what I need to do." Thank you so much for taking the time to share your advice.
Here's the color study I decided to go for in general. If anyone has advice about how the colors here could be adjusted to be more effective, I'm all ears.
And here's the line work done in colored pencil to prepare for watercolors: