Sitting atop a small iceberg, an angry polar bear shakes its paw / fist at a GPS after being told to drive to the nearest road.

No, this has nothing to do with global warming. It’s just an unfortunate polar bear stuck on a wayward iceberg with a non-helpful GPS.

I don’t have any statistics on the number of polar bears that find themselves stranded on floating blocks of ice. I’m sure it happens from time to time and I can safely predict that any such bears wouldn’t be attempting to find their way back to the mainland with the aid of a global positioning system.

This picture is a little reminiscent of the Homing Pigeon GPS Malfunction from a while back. In this case though, the GPS is an actual device rather than an inbuilt instinct and it’s doing what most automobile systems do with an off-road occurrence. Sadly for the polar bear, there are no roads nearby and s/he doesn’t have a car let alone a licence with which to drive one.

Polar Bear Production

Polar Bear Production

I thought I’d do something a bit different for this one and include some of the drawing / colouring process. The following is an animated GIF made up of 41 frames. These were files saved at various stages throughout the drawing development. There was a bit of jumping between vector & photo applications for line additions and adjustments. This explains why some frames have coloured backgrounds and some subsequent ones don’t. They are however, in the order of creation.

There is also notable colour banding of the water in the coloured frames. This is because a gradient was used and the GIF file is limited to 256 colours. This is less than the number of colours required to correctly display the gradient. The file is weighty 382Kb. Click the thumbnail to view the full version.