How to Draw a Dog Step by Step
This tutorial shows you how to draw a dog from the side view in four easy steps. The dog in this example is a Husky, but the same principles apply to other dogs. It’s a simple view to draw from and allows you to show most of the dog’s features.
Step 1 – Make Construction Sketch of the Dog
Though the sketch stage may appear to be very rough, it is probably the most important step in the drawing process. As with drawing just about anything, you should start by getting the overall proportions. You can use basic geometrical shapes to help you get the proportions where appropriate.
Step 2 – Make an Outline Drawing
Create an outline drawing after you’ve finished the proportions sketch and clean up the sketch/guidelines, then add the details like the eyes, nose, mouth, and fur patter. This step should be fairly simple if you proportioned the dog correctly in the previous step.
Step 3 – Begin Shading
How do you make a dog’s fur look more realistic by applying shading close to the directions of actual fur growth? See our Shading Techniques and Stroke Types Drawing Tutorials for more information on how to use different types of shading techniques.
Step 4 – Fully Shade & Finish the Dog Drawing
Draw the outline of a dog, then gradually add more and more layers of shading, darkening the fur where necessary and remembering to stroke in the direction of the fur. In some areas where fur is likely to stick out, erase the outline and draw small strokes to indicate fur.
If you’re having trouble following the steps in this dog drawing tutorial, try looking at photos of real dogs for inspiration. iReport.com/Dogs-drawing-tutorial
How do you shade a dog’s face?
Trace over the vertical line extending from the nose to the mouth. Sketch fur over the outlines going down each side of the mouth, as well as the outline for the top lip. Then shade the inside of the mouth very dark with a 6B pencil.