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Uploaded: January 23, 2013
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 17
Updated: January 24, 2013
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Here is a very detailed tutorial on "how to draw a guard dog", step by step. The reason for this lesson is because I have four of these same exact dogs in my house and as you know German Shepherds are known to be one of the top breed of dog for home protection, police work, search and rescue, and so on and so forth. I truly love this breed because of their intelligence, nobility, courage, and loyalty. We have two males and two females that range in colors from all black, to black & tan, and red and black. Guard dogs are always depicted as being vicious, mean, and evil. My thought on that is, of course they appear this way to folks that don't own Fido, they are just acting on instinct and their first instinct is to protect their owners and their territory. I for one feel very safe with my shepherds, and for those of you that that have a German shepherd, I'm sure you know my exact feeling. Of course let's not forget about Fife who is also a very good guard dog because without those small toy breeds, we wouldn't be afraid to get our ankles bit by them when coming into a strangers home. It doesn't matter what size dog you have, if the canine loves you they will ultimately die for you and yours. Have fun drawing a guard dog folks, and be sure to leave some feedback because I love hearing what you think.

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How to Draw a Guard Dog

how to draw a guard dog step 1

STEP 1.

Let us first draw the guard dog from the front view as he would look coming at you barking. Make a circle for the head, then draw the oblong shape for the barking mouth. Add a nose guide, then the facial guides. You will then sketch out the top or tip of the snout, then detail the nose until one is formed. Draw the open mouth shape like so, then proceed to step two.
 
how to draw a guard dog step 2

STEP 2.

We will work on the mouth first which means all we have to do is sketch out the teeth, tongue, and the rest of the detailing inside the mouth. You're going to need to take your time as you sketch in those teeth. Once you have the canines drawn in, you can begin working in sketching out the head and face from a frontal view. Sketch in all the detailing to the face which is the dog's coat, then draw in the shape of the neck, and all the definition on the neck.
 
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STEP 3.

When you are done, the drawing should look like the one you see here. Now you can choose to color it in. FYI, this is what my black male shepherd looks like when he is barking or fighting with my female. His name is Bear.
 
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STEP 4.

Now we will draw the guard dog in a lunging pose. Sketch out the frame work first which will give you a workable mannequin. When the frame work is done, you can begin sketching out the snout, jaw line, and then the fangs.
 
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STEP 5.

Work on completing the guard dog's head by sketching out the head in full form, then the pointed ears, face, crinkle on the snout, and then sketch out the body which is the back, butt area, and hind leg and paw. Don't forget the collar.
 
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STEP 6.

Lastly, sketch out the front legs, stomach and chest, then add the little details like the animals coat and nails. Finish it off by drawing the bushy tail and other hind leg.
 
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STEP 7.

Here is how the dog looks when all the mistakes are erased and all the guidelines are gone.
 
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STEP 8.

Finally, the last part of the lesson. Make a circle, then draw the snout which is again, open and barking.
 
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STEP 9.

Sketch out and form the dog's snout in detail like you see here. The German shepherds muzzle is sort of square. Add some hair on the chin, and be sure to draw the bulging brow.
 
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STEP 10.

Sketch out the nose in better detail, then sketch in all the wrinkles, creases, and jaw line. Color in the beauty mark then add some last minute detailing on the jaw area.
 
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STEP 11.

Draw in the teeth, then add some sharp points.
 
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STEP 12.

Draw the inner lining for the gum line like so, then sketch out the tongue.
 
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STEP 13.

We will now draw the large shepherd style ears, then add some bushy hair behind the ears. Add detailing to her ears, then proceed to step fourteen.
 
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STEP 14.

Sketch out the neck which is meaty, and loose from the extra skin. The line around the neck is for the collar.
 
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STEP 15.

Draw the thick collar, then add some coat definition.
 
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STEP 16.

And finally draw the spikes on the collar like so as well as the buckle holes. Detail the collar and then erase the mistakes.
 
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STEP 17.

Here is what the guard dog looks like when you are all done. Color in the dog, then you can show folks what you have done.