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Uploaded: October 21, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: April 20, 2010
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I have another animal for you all right now and I know that most of you will like what I have done. For my third tutorial of the day I will show you "how to draw a Great Dane", step by step. This massive dog is referred to as being the “Apollo of all dogs” because of it's gigantic size and stature. Even though this breed is overwhelmingly huge, they are nothing more than gentle giants. The Great Dane is described as being noble, elegant, and robust. They are gentle with children although they should have the proper training so they are taught not to jump on people because they will knock them down especially kids. With their gigantic size comes a long narrow head, a good sized nose tip and wide open nostrils. When you describe the build of the Great Dane you will first say that this breed has a long and muscular neck and the front legs are perfectly straight with muscular looking thighs, rounded feet and long black nails. The jowls on a Great Dane is incredibly cute as well and so is their large dark eyes that usually have sort of an innocence behind it's stare. They come in many different colored coats like; fawn, brindle, black, blue, mantle harlequin, white and even Merle. I never had a Great Dane but my mother did when she was a teen and she said that they are fun and sometimes lazy dogs. She is the one that gave me the idea to do a tutorial on the Dane breed as the conversation came up while we were talking about the Boxer dog we were going to get soon. The name of my mothers dog was Jason and he was all black with a white star on his chest. The more I look at this dog the more I think I want one. Did you know that back in 407 A.D. The Great Dane was once admired for the way they were able to take down bears and wild boars? Yes it's true, the Dane was admired in Germany for it's bold and courageous nature when folks found out what this animal was actually capable of. No matter how you look at it, the Great Dane is a dog of choice for virtually any family. They will do well in apartments as long as you take them on daily long walks. Another fun fact about the Dane is that even though they retain the “Dane” in their name, they have no link to Denmark at all. This breed was created by crossing the Mastiff with the Irish Greyhound and as an end result you have the marvellous Great Dane. This drawing lesson will show you "how to draw a Great Dane", step by step with easy to follow instructions and steps. I will be back in a bit with more drawing fun so stay tuned kiddies cause "I'll be back".

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How to Draw a Great Dane

how to draw a great dane dog step 1

STEP 1.

Okay start this step by drawing a total of three circle shapes. The first will be for his head and then add the facial guidelines and the shape of the square jaw and snout shape. Next draw another circle for his torso and then yet another for the butt end of this gigantic beast. You will then add all the limb guidelines for all four legs and then lastly his tail.
 
how to draw a great dane dog step 2

STEP 2.

So how are you doing so far good? Sweet. You will now start sketching out the facial features of the Great Dane dog. First draw two long slightly arched lines for the cropped ears and then two small circles for his eyes. You will then add the shape of his jowls and then move down to start sketching out the lower part of the body. Now that you have some of the dogs face drawn out you can start sketching out the shape of his hind legs, his under belly and then the front leg.
 
how to draw a great dane dog step 3

STEP 3.

Okay so far so good right? Your doing a good job keep it up. You will now sketch out the thickness of the tail and then draw out the back shape of the Great Dane's hind leg. Add some toes and then draw the shape of the front legs as shown to you here and then lastly you will give the dog some nails.
 
how to draw a great dane dog step 4

STEP 4.

As you can see your dog is coming along nicely and guess what you have done? You made it to the last drawing step. You will finish the dogs face by drawing the top head shape of his skull which is slightly indented, then add his innocent looking brows and color in his eyes. Draw a line for the bridge of his nose and then draw the nose tip it self and add the nostril holes. You will then finish off the lining of the body and sketch in some definition detailing on the inner legs. Oh, before you go give him his toe nails and erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a great dane dog step 5

STEP 5.

Well you did it. You have just finished this lesson on how to draw a Great Dane dog step by step. All you have to do now is color him/her in and you are completely done. I hope you liked this tutorial I will be back with one more in a bit so stick around there is more to come.