We’ll look at tips for drawing on a computer or tablet, but these steps can be followed with pencil and paper as well. So grab whatever you’re using and let’s get started!
A dog’s body can be reduced to three circles, with the bottom two circles forming the body and the top circle forming the face.
Connect the top and bottom circles to form a dog’s head, then add another smaller circle to the top circle to form the dog’s muzzle, and finally connect the two bottom circles to form the dog’s body, as shown in the diagram below.
Legs and tail
Make sure the leg joints are in the right place, and then add the tail by drawing a straight line from the top of the back circle to the bottom.
Use a darker, softer pen or pencil if you’re drawing on paper, and soften the sketches you’ve been working on so far if you’re using a digital device. At this point, we need to add the nose, eyes, and ears, as well as the legs.
You can draw dogs in a variety of poses and poses that suit your body type and pose by following the steps above.
Legs, eyes, muzzle
When pre-drawing the legs in the digital version of this exercise, pay attention to the joints and their alignment, just as you did before.
Ears, tip of the nose
The basic shape for a dog’s ear is a triangle, but this doesn’t work for certain poses. Erect ears suggest alertness or even aggression; if you want your dog to be relaxed, let the ears hang.
A dog’s nose is a fairly complicated structure with some bumps and folds, and drawing it from a frontal perspective can help you understand more about the anatomy of a dog. The best way to capture a living model most accurately is to draw it from a realistic perspective.
The tongue comes out directly under the W and hangs out over the lower lip. Because the dog is looking slightly to the right in this drawing, the right side of the W should be a little narrower than the left.
Use subtle corners on the outer lines, around the level of the collar; the neck goes straight into the body; and there are shoulders on both sides at the top of the front legs, marking the transition from leg to body.
You can use the same technique to indicate fur in the outlines of the animal’s body as you did for the standing dog.
How to draw a dog – PART 4 Coloring
For this dog’s coat, we’ll need at least six shades of brown. Depending on the software and artist, there are a variety of workflows available; it’s best to start with a manageable color palette and then expand it as needed; you don’t have to limit yourself to just a few shades.
Shadow 1 hard
Try to imagine which areas of a dog’s body are directly illuminated by the light and which are in shadow. You can roughly define some shadow areas for the dog’s body with the lighter of the two shading browns, and you can also highlight the muzzle, eyes, and cheeks a bit.
Shadow 1 soft
To achieve the effect shown here, soften the shading with a 0% soft pencil outer edge, or use an estompe if you’re using pencil on paper.
Working with the light brown tones on the upper edges of the body parts, we can create the impression of fur using the two hard brown tones (i.e. very light and very dark), or we can draw the fur using skillful hatching or drawing many hairs.
You can always readjust the shades and gradations if you’ve worked with fill levels; you can keep a more sketched look or take the level of detail up to photorealism; there are always new ways to draw a picture, so keep looking for inspiration.
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How do you draw a easy dog?
Drawing Instructions for Dogs
- Start by drawing an oval shape.
- Next, draw an inverted U shape above the oval you just drew.
- Draw the ears.
- Now it’s time to make the dog’s body!
- Last but not least, draw a pair of hind legs and a wiggly tail.