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Uploaded: April 2, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 15
Updated: April 2, 2012
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Hey everyone here's a fun tutorial on how to draw a Chinese guardian lion, or a foo dog. I've always enjoyed observing ancient statue designs but drawing them is even more fun!

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how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue

How to Draw a Foo Dog, Foo Dog Statue

how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I used a 3H pencil for sketching/light shading, H pencil for general shading, and a 4B pencil for dark shading.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch may end up looking something like this. Make sure to sketch as lightly as possible. Erase any unneeded guidelines.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 4

STEP 4.

Now start adding line details to your drawing. Work from top to bottom.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 5

STEP 5.

Continue moving down. Don't overdo the strength of the lines. Make sure that they are light enough to erase.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 6

STEP 6.

Detail the rest of the foo dog's body.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 7

STEP 7.

Now sketch in the baby foo dog beneath the adult one's paw.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 8

STEP 8.

Now sketch in the pedestal details. Use a ruler if you aren't confident enough to sketch your lines.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 9

STEP 9.

Roughly shade in the background using a 4B pencil. Then blend in your shading with a paper towel or blending stump.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 10

STEP 10.

Start adding final layer of shading. Start by roughly and lightly shading in the area with a 4B pencil. Then use H and 3H pencils to start shading and adding details. Use a 3H pencil for lighter shading and the H for darker shading/lines. Use the 4B pencil for dark shadows.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 11

STEP 11.

Continue moving downs the body with your shading. Try to give your shading a rough/weathered look. DO NOT use a blending stump to smooth your shading. Do your best to just use natural shading to create unique/realistic texture.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 12

STEP 12.

Shade in the front legs and start shading in the baby foo dog.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 13

STEP 13.

Define the baby foo dog then shade in the rest of the body. Use a 4B pencil for the dark shadows.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 14

STEP 14.

Start work on the pedestal. Work in the same manner by roughly shading with the 4B then using an H pencil for detailed shading. The key to shading the pedestal is knowing how to "fake" detail. use pencil textures to create the illusion of patterns and carvings.
 
how to draw a foo dog, foo dog statue step 15

STEP 15.

Finish up the pedestal and clean up your background shading. I hope you all have fun with this one! Comments and questions are more than welcome!