I finally figured out what's bothering me about this one and the last one -- it seems like the bear is on the wrong side of the hole. He had to push the smaller tree aside to reach past it into the hollow of the big tree, right? But here it looks like the smaller tree is on the far side of the one with the hollow.A very handsome bear, though.
Good. I'm glad you pointed this out.Now, when I started sketching this scene I wanted to place the bear in a situation where it's paw would be trapped in such way that the animal could not use it's great strength to pull it's paw free, right? I've practiced aikido several years in the past and there's lot of techniques that put pressure on joints: shoulder, elbow and wrist. From these joints the wrist is the most vulnerable... so, I wanted to put the bear in a wrist-lock. Right?So, I imagined the scene like this: when the bear went to the hole, he first forced his left paw between the two trees (but not in the hole) forcing the birch away from the pine. He would slowly then force his whole body between the trees pushing the birch away with his weight making more space. Now the bear is between the trees, facing the hole, leaning against the birch with his back (or more likely with his left shoulder). Still following, yes? Now the bear puts it's left paw into the hole and starts examining the inside of it. While doing this (moving his paw and elbow and shoulder attempting to get the stuff out of the hole) the bear moves a bit to the right for some reason (maybe he just slips) causing the birch to slip from it's "secured position" from behind of the bears shoulder, and to snap against the pine locking the bears left wrist.Now the bear can't pull it's paw free because if it would lean away from the pine and against the birch, the wrist would bend backwards and break and he can't lean towards the birch in order to move it to the side because then the wrist would turn too much sideways, and break again. The bear would obviously try to get it's paw free and after some time the wrist would start to hurt... and the only way to ease the backwards/sideways pressure on the wrist would be to go around the tree so that the left "arm" of the bear would be "hugging" the tree.So, that's why I placed the bear on the "wrong" side of the tree.That was quite a long piece of comment.;-)Cheerio.
Should it disturb me that I didn't even think it strange the bear was on the wrong side of the tree because it was 'obvious' to me that that was the only way to truly pin it? I mean, sure I dated a guy who used to practice his martial arts tricks with me as practice dummy, but that shouldn't make me any sort of expert. *sigh* It's true - I'm weird, aren't I?
You're not weird. You have just absorbed the essense of budo the hard way. Next time if you're used as a dummy you could throw a swift kick to the nuts of the opponent and tell that one key element of the budo is the element of surprise.Arigatou gozaimasu!;-)Cheerio.
Sure, when you put it that way it makes COMPLETE sense.You and your complete sense...^_^
I did had the same impression than Dan at first and then started to work out scenarii in my head and came out to something similar. Of course the bear could not have used its right paw because it would have meant turning its back to the public and you never turn your back to a potential danger. Your bear knows a few things about theatricals too!
I truly love the style of this Jouni! I can't wait to see more!