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Uploaded: July 6, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: April 20, 2010
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Hello all and how are you. I am your fellow artist, and my name is Dawn. Let me start this tutorial by first saying I hope each and everyone of you had an awesome 4th of July (to those who celebrate it anyway). Well today on DragoArt.com I will be showing you "how to draw a Labrador". The reason for this tutorial choice is because I was watching old family movies over the holiday weekend and saw myself as a young child. As a child I had a family pet that was owned by my grandfather who lived a few cities from where I lived. Anyways, the family pet was a black lab and his name was King. King was a very protective dog that wandered around the neighborhood chasing cats and hanging at the Tee Pee’s which was a surrounding small beach that everybody use to go to hang out and have some fun. King always followed me and my uncles down there and often went swimming with us. He was a very friendly, lovable, loyal lab that never ran away from home and he never tried to bite any of us even when we pulled his tail and yanked on his ears. For a Labrador retriever, he was pretty big. The average sized lab is around 80 pounds and that is the biggest for a male. King weighed more like 110-120, he was a big boy but very healthy as well. Typically retrievers have a short, smooth, oily coat and come in three colors for pure breeds which is black, chocolate, and yellow. Some yellow labs will have a pink nose instead of a black nose that most of us are use to seeing. Labradors also have very large litters when they become pregnant. The size usually runs between ten to twelve pups and have an expected life span of up to thirteen years. King on the other hand probably impregnated every dog in the neighborhood and he lived for a good fifteen years. I remember when our King got old, his personality became that of an elder having little energy and he very rarely left the yard anymore which is how we knew that he had died somewhere because one day he disappeared from the back yard and never returned. We all suspect that King took his last and final walk down by the Tee Pee’s to the very same place where he was a spunky active youthful pup that loved playing and being silly. I loved King my black lab and I was very sad when I realized that he would never return to put a smile on my face again. This tutorial goes out to my beloved King who always protected me when I walked the neighborhood from the common threats of life. So I will teach you all "how to draw a Lab", step by step with real simple instructions. I hope you enjoyed my story of my childhood friend that will always hold a special place in my heart.

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How to Draw a Labrador

how to draw a black labrador retriever step 1

STEP 1.

Lets start this first step with some real simple shapes and guidelines to form a nice frame for the black lab. Start with a small circle for the head and draw two lines for the beginning lines of the snout as shown. Now draw a big egg shape for his torso and then draw a long arched line starting from the back of the head to the end where the tail will most likely be.
 
how to draw a black labrador retriever step 2

STEP 2.

Now in this step you will first work on drawing out the face and some of the body before you go any further. Using the lines you drew in step one for the snout complete the shape of the nose as shown until you get what you see here. Now draw in the shape of a side ways tear drop for the eye and then draw out the floppy ears and the lining for the chest. Now start the drawing for the front and hind legs and paws.
 
how to draw a black labrador retriever step 3

STEP 3.

As you can see the further along you get with the steps the easier they become. Now you will draw out the back of the black labs neck as shown and make him look a little meaty. Detail and define the dogs coat with some simple lining and then finish off drawing out the front and back legs and paws. You can pretty much say that the front paws are the only ones that look completed. Don't forget to draw out the lining of the puffy tail.
 
how to draw a black labrador retriever step 4

STEP 4.

Now you will detail the face by sketching in his nose and then drawing and shading in his eye. You will also need to draw out the whisker holes as shown. Detail his coat with some defining lines as well as the front paws and the hind leg. You will also need to detail inside of the dogs mouth as shown. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one, and you will all be set.
 
how to draw a black labrador retriever step 5

STEP 5.

This is how your black lab should come out looking after you are done. That was pretty darn easy I'd say. Now just color him in and remember you don't have to color him black. He could be yellow or brown as well. That will do it for this tutorial on how to draw a black Labrador retriever step by step. I will see you all next time and remember; Keep up the good work.