how to sketch a dog

How to Sketch a Dog

Step 1.

Like everything in the world, dogs are made up of basic shapes. To the left, you can see the dog is made of four sided shapes, creating the head. The snout of most dogs are usually triangularly shaped. Look at things around your desk; see how they are all similar to the basic shapes?

Step 2.

Here are just a few varieties of canine eyes; they all result in similar appearance, just with different pupils and sockets.

Step 3.

To begin drawing the dog settled in the preview, we must establish the foundation to place the structuring details of the dog. At this stage, I drew a circle and a middle horizontal line to help me with leveling the eyes correctly. This should be drawn as accurate as possible to draw what's seen.

Step 4.

Next, draw the eyes and the snout. This can definitely be difficult as it was for me. A German Shepherd dog snout has a lump on the sides. It's best to redraw this in our picture to prove that it's a more realistic dog. Drawing the nose can be a little tedious because of the blunt shaped angles. As you can see, mine aren't exactly perfect, but close enough.

Step 5.

Then, it's time to shape up the ears and the pupils for our loving creature. Draw the mouth and lower jaw to proceed with drawing the lines required in the next step. It's best to try to get this as accurate as possible since we're going to be shading it with details later.

Step 6.

It's time to add a few more rough lines before we totally jump into doing shading/fur details. Sketch where you'll be placing the darkened areas to utilize that it's a German Shepherd dog. Detail the pupils more by slanting your pencil to a right/left angle and quickly shading. Swiftly add fur in the areas that will be darkened later on. Don't forget to add the tongue and teeth to detail the mouth.

Step 7.

This is something I definitely want to guide you folks on. Since the base fur of our dog is a bit light, we will start with a base of medium tone. Take a 4B pencil; slanting it sideways, shade at an angle. Repeat this in three different angles. What we're doing is trying to cover as much white space as possible, since fur rarely shows skin. Use a Q-tip or tissue and blend it in.

Step 8.

We are going to start drawing actual fur now, which can be a tedious job. Lightly, using a 2H pencil, add small turfs of fur. This can be time consuming, but with more effort, the better the result. Vary the hairs in different angles, but still relative to the direction that they all flow in.

Step 9.

Take a 4B pencil and start darkening the fur in different areas. Take your time, NEVER RUSH!

Step 10.

Take a Q-tip or tissue and LIGHTLY smudge around the lower end of the fur. Take your 4B pencil and darkened a few hairs.

Step 11.

When you are drawing fur, it should range in different directions. The arrows stand for the direction AND the approximate length of the hairs. The darkest hairs will be in the patches we sketched down earlier.

Step 12.

Foreshadowing is something extremely important, as well as essential. When an object is overlaying another, it will create a shadow beneath it, therefore, more realistic. The start of the shadow is the darkest point, meaning it will fade off into lighter shades the more it hits the light.

Step 13.

The nose of a dog is seemingly scaly, which in recreation with graphite, needs techniques. Use a series of close together dots in different directions to replicate a dog's nose. Anyways, that's the end of the this tutorial! I hope you folks had fun; thank you so much for viewing! Please let me know how the tut helped :)

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Uploaded: December 3, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 13
Updated: December 3, 2010
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Artist comments

Hey guys! I'm here with another sketch tutorial that took me a while to draw/write up! I'm sorta late for livestream, but the hard-work put into this tut will definitely pay off me thinks :) Anyways, I'll teaching you all 'how to sketch a dog', step by step. The drawing of the dog itself took me an hour and half, leaving me rushed halfway through. The size of the drawing on paper was very small, so I should have drawn it at a much larger scale. I know for a fact ya'll will like this, at least most of the realistic sketchers will. I've included a lot of resourceful tips that will guide you into 'drawing fur' and to 'shade a dog' properly. There was tons of fun taken with this tut, which is something I take a liking to. You'll be needing to get yourself a set of sketching pencils, which can be bought at Walmart, an eraser, paper (preferably A4), and a tissue or Q-tip. A sharpener should be advised since there's frequent pencil sharpening in this tutorial. Well peeps, I have to go now. I really hope you'll learn “how to sketch dogs”, step by step! Thanks so much for viewing and good luck with your future artistic endeavors!