Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On the home stretch with Bearik Estrada, and oh so close to done.

This is Bearik in primer tan. This coat of paint revealed every single mistake and imperfection in my bondo work, so I still had a lot of filling and sanding to do.

After blocking in the color I definitely felt like I was on the right track.

After blocking in the color I added highlights and shadows to help give the project definition. Here's Bearik, 99% done and nearly ready for the final application of automotive clear coat.

Close-up of the head with reflective glasses, badge, and "Bearik Estrada" name tag. And attitude. The Grants Pass Police Department is behind the project and graciously donated shoulder patches to help outfit Bearik.

Next week I'll have the final pics of the project with Bearik on his patrol bike. We're in the process of building special trailers for the bikes so that the bears can participate in the 2010 Boatnik Parade: Saturday, May 29th at 8 am. After the parade Bearik will be found patrolling the streets of Grants Pass, Oregon with the other wonderful 2010 BearFest bears.


  1. He looks fantastic! Can't wait to meet him in person. I wonder if Eric Estrada ever visits GP - it would be, as they say, a photo opportunity.

  2. When I picked up the patches from the GP Police department I spoke with one of their detectives who told me that he met Estrada at a police convention. According to him, Estrada had a long line of police officers waiting to get an autographed photo. Who knew Ponch was so popular?

  3. Awesome! You are so talented!

  4. This is totally and utterly cool! I love projects like this and you totally rocked that fella! Can he be my boyfriend?