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Children in Need Special

Steve Backshall challenges his team of artists to create a polar bear design for 2011's Children In Need Christmas card. He also makes a surprise appearance in the art studio.


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I'm Steve Backshall, and this is Deadly Art.

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I'm lucky enough to travel the world tracking deadly animals.

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But in this show, my team of artists take my killer moment...

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..and turn it into art.

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Today, we're looking back at the time when the team created

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polar bear artwork for the Children In Need Christmas card.

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Along the way, you can pick up some tips and trick and techniques

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so you can make some art yourself.

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This is no ordinary art show. This is Deadly Art!

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Coming up on Deadly Art...

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I'll show you another exciting Deadly 60 trip when I travelled

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8,000 km to encounter the beautiful but lethal polar bear.

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What a magnificent creature.

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The Deadly Art team gets to grips with another amazing art creation.

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Hello, everyone.

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And I'll be visiting the Deadly Art studio too,

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even drawing a deadly doodle.

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-A wry smile.

-I'm not sure that polar bears smile!

-It's a doodle!

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Fair enough!

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Despite being one of the largest predators,

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these magnificent creatures are adored the world over.

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It's the polar bear.

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They're the world's largest bear, and can weigh 1,000 kilograms.

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That's as much as a small car.

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Their huge feet can be 30 centimetres across.

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That's about the same size as a large pizza.

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And true to their reputation, polar bears love to have fun,

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and they get involved in play fighting at any age.

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So using this play fighting as their inspiration, let's meet our artists.

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As ever, they're ready and waiting in the Deadly Art studio.

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I'm Michelle, and I just love working with different materials.

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I'm all about getting stuck in!

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Hey, I'm Mike. I'm a cartoon artist, and I'm up for today's Deadly Art!

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I'm Jo, I'm a painter... ..Sculptor and a general mess maker!

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Michelle, Mike and Jo will be representing the Deadly Art team,

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who are always up for a challenge.

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Polar bears are amazing! Let's focus on their play fighting.

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We don't want to make our Christmas card too fierce.

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-It has to be popular.

-Yeah, we want it to stand out.

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But guys, this is Deadly Art!

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You've got to see some teeth and show some claws.

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I'm thinking a huge canvas with a 3D element,

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-and I know just the thing, all right?

-OK.

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-I'm going to start drawing the bears.

-Cool!

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Mike's using his cartoon drawing skills, and gets to work.

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-Legs, and we want big feet!

-OK, yeah.

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This is a block of polystyrene,

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I'm going to use it to carve out the 3D polar bear.

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Now I'm going to take Mike's drawing of a polar bear

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and trace it onto this acetate sheet.

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I love how fast Mike, Michelle and Jo are working.

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We'll have some cracking polar bear artwork in no time!

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-All right!

-Yes!

-Let's get drawing!

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Our Deadly Art polar bears are going to be huge!

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Now, when I was on a quest to find one...

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Polar bear tracks everywhere!

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..the Deadly 60 team and I travelled right up into the Arctic Circle.

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Look at these!

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They're quite small! It looks like a young adult!

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It's really something to think that we're sharing the ice

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with one of the world's most terrifying predators!

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The tracks have led us to the coast,

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and now all that lies ahead of us are ever-shifting frozen seas.

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It would be extremely dangerous to venture out there.

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Looks like this polar bear has given us the slip.

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These bones are all that remains of a mighty whale.

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Hopefully that will bring the bears in.

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It's certainly attracted some other animals.

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Just sat, almost totally oblivious,

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no more than 10 metres in front of me, is an Arctic fox.

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And there must be five or six of them on the bones around us.

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These are really important animals for us,

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because Arctic foxes around here actually get a good deal of

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their diet by following polar bears around and picking off their scraps.

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So if there are Arctic foxes around, and they are everywhere,

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then we stand a really good chance of finding our polar bears.

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We know the bears are out there somewhere,

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but seeing them is another matter.

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Stick around to see if we manage to find a polar bear, but now,

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let's get back to our awesome artwork.

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I've marked out the polar bears on our canvas,

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and now I'm just finishing off the red sky for the horizon.

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We've got a great idea for the rest of the sky,

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and you'll see that later.

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We'll use a hot wire to burn through the polystyrene

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to cut out the initial shape.

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This is Deadly, so as you can see, we're all kitted up.

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Deadly Art is all about showing you how art is created,

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but our team are professionals.

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Don't ever attempt anything you see in the big art stages.

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This is Deadly Art at its most extreme.

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Oh, that is very cool!

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Now, let's return to our Arctic trip.

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It may have been freezing,

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but our search for the polar bear was getting warmer.

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It's a bear! No more than 150 metres off from the shore.

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So exciting! I can just feel my heart start beating!

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Out there, about a mile off in the distance, is our first polar bear.

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He's just sort of ambling about at the moment.

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But even from this distance, you can see how powerful he is.

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It's minus 20.

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The crew and I are kitted out in layers and layers of warm clothes.

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Even the camera's got a jacket on! And we can just about work,

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but this animal is totally at home in this frozen wasteland.

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These frozen seas are absolutely essential

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to the polar bear's success.

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It's out there that it finds the majority of its prey.

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Particularly in the winter, when all this is frozen over.

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The seals that it feeds on go through a large amount

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of their life cycle out here. They have their pups out here,

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and that's where the polar bear is at its lethal best.

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What a magnificent creature.

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And back to our magnificent artwork!

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-All right!

-That's great.

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-This bear is completely made from polystyrene.

-But for this bear,

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the head is cut out of polystyrene, and the body

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is painted on the canvas, which makes it look further away.

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Ur-rgh! Ra-a-ar! BEARS ROAR

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I'm just drawing out our glacier.

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We're going to position our polar bears so it looks like

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-they're standing on the edge of the ice.

-And on this canvas,

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we'll use perspective to draw the rest of the glacier,

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so when you view the bears from here, it looks like there's

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a great, big hole in the floor, with a drop...down into the depths.

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I'm going to carve into these, to give them more shape and detail.

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Now this is really deadly!

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It looks fun, but don't try this at home!

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This is our vanishing point. It's the secret of perspective.

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And by drawing lines going away from it, we can make it

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look like there's a crack in the ice with a huge drop below!

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Cool.

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Mike and Michelle are using a special device

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that snaps out their perspective lines with chalk.

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This glacier, drawn on the floor, will really

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show off the polar bears to a much greater effect

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when we reveal the final artwork later in the studio.

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And now it's time for you to get involved!

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Here's Jo with a Deadly Doodle.

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As always, starting off with some simple shapes,

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The first one...is a large oval in the middle of the page.

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Then another oval that overlaps that. This will be his body.

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A circle for his head, and a smaller circle which will be his nose.

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Now, we'll put them all together and start giving it some shape.

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Starting off with the nose and working backwards, along it,

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and then backwards down for the mouth.

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And bringing this line up, over to where his ears come out.

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Over the top and then there's his other ear.

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And this line, jagged down to his first leg.

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Now coming out from where his eyebrow is, I'm going to

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put in his back, which comes down to his back leg and his back paw.

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And then we can bring his legs in.

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And then his first paw is down here.

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And all the time going over those simple shapes

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that we already created.

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Now for the details. I'm going to give him an eye up here.

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And his other eye goes along the top of that circle.

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Some shading in his ears.

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Lastly, those deadly claws!

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Now just like on our big art,

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I'm going to have my polar bear stood on the edge of a high glacier.

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Which is just a curvy line going off into the distance.

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And then some lines coming off it to give it some perspective.

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And now we need to get rid of those guidelines.

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I'm just going to rub them out.

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So, there's our polar bear!

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Looking good, Jo! I'll be giving it a go myself in a bit.

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Well, polar bear art work is really coming on!

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So both our polar bears are in position.

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Now, for the tricky bit.

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Adding in all those fine details with the paint.

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I've been painting in our perspective lines to create

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the edges of the cracks in the ice.

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It looks weird from where I am, but from the vanishing point...

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it looks like I'm on the edge of a massive abyss!

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Oh, wow! That really works!

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The fine detail on the polystyrene polar bears makes them realistic,

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but as it's a special Deadly Art, I just have to get involved.

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-Hello, everyone!

-Hey!

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It's Deadly Doodle time. Backshall style.

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Grab your pencil if you want to try it again with me!

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So, here's my polar bear that I did earlier. Now it's your turn, Steve.

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Well, I really can't draw, so if I can do it, ANYONE can.

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OK, we'll start off with some basic shapes.

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-The first one is an oval.

-OK.

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Then a slightly smaller oval coming out of that.

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And then a circle at the top here for its head.

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And a smaller circle for its nose.

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Now we're going to turn it into a bear.

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A wry smile.

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-I'm not sure that polar bears actually smile.

-It's a doodle.

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-Fair enough.

-The chin.

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You're going to draw in the line into the paw.

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The paws are absolutely enormous!

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Huge, like the size of a dinner plate.

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Now it's time to colour in the polar bear,

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and you can do yours at home, too.

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Shading in is the best bit.

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Nearly finished. All it needs is the Steve snake signature.

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There you go. That's my Deadly Doodle

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-for the back of the Christmas card.

-Nice one.

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We're making a Christmas card, so we've got to add some sparkle.

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In Alaska, where the polar bears live

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is a phenomenon called the Northern Lights.

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That's right. It lights up the whole of the sky, like this.

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So, we're going to use the spots from Pudsey's bandana

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as our Northern Lights, to add some more colour.

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-Let's do it.

-Yep!

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I'm really enjoying my visit to the Deadly Art studio.

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I get to do a bit of spray painting, too!

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The Deadly Art team were given the challenge to create an amazing

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work of art based on these great shots of the polar bear.

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So, are you ready?

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Let's see the finished work of art.

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Oh, that is SO impressive!

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Using a painted canvas, with 3D polar bears placed on top,

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gives it an extra depth.

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They captured the two adults play fighting really well.

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And the 3D ice glacier on the floor has made the canvas even more

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Nice work, guys! I think it's beautiful!

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We'll see you soon for more Deadly Art!

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Steve Backshall challenges his team of Deadly Artists to create a polar bear design for 2011's Children In Need Christmas card. He also makes a surprise appearance in the art studio, and learns how to draw a polar bear! Grab your pencil and join in the fun.