Drawing is not for everyone. ..

However, it is not mandatory to be a skilled artist before you can draw a dog. You only require a simple guide and your four-legged friends to get started. The internet is full of different guides on drawing dogs.


 You can take advantage of the endless guides out there to improve your drawing skills without going through much hassle over the same. Here is a simple but comprehensive guide to getting you started.

Drawing Materials

Begin by gathering all your drawing materials.

Select a suitable photo that you can use when it comes to reference.

It does not matter the kind of picture you are going to choose what is important is whether the face of the pet is visible.

The three quarter profile shots are among the favorite options to consider during drawing.

A clear photo will make it easy to sketch the different facial features of the pet while drawing.

Begin by gathering all your drawing materials.

Select a suitable photo that you can use when it comes to reference.

It does not matter the kind of picture you are going to choose what is important is whether the face of the pet is visible.

The three quarter profile shots are among the favorite options to consider during drawing. A clear photo will make it easy to sketch the different facial features of the pet while drawing.

Other items needed include;

  • An eraser;
  • Pencil;
  • Sketching paper;
  • A pencil sharpener;

Blocking the Dog's Face

Start by sketching a line of reference on a blank sheet of paper. The line will indicate the center of the face of the dog. This is typically referred to as blocking in, and it is always the first step when drawing anything.

Ensure that the reference line runs between the eyes and ears of the pet and through the nose. Also, confirm whether the angle will match with the source of the photo before proceeding.

Once you are through with this step, then you will have to sketch the curve of the tip of the pet’s nose, chin and mouth. 

Make sure that you have paid attention to the point where the plane changes occur.

Since you have blocked in the dog's original shape, a drawing will become a breeze even it is your first time to do so.

Outlining the dog’s full head

Using the necessary lines of the face of the dog as blocked, sketch its head in detail. You can use a light touch while drawing.

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The drawing needs to be faint to create room for erasing in the event of any mistake.

Sketch a curved line where the head meets the muzzle and two lines downwards the face to dive the muzzle dimension upon completion.

It can also be wise to add some hints of fur on the drawing using loose lines on the neck and shoulders. At this point, you can sketch the eyes of the dog with the pupils correctly lineup. Add the ears and nose.

Draw Details:

Once you have completed the necessary structure, then you have to embark on drawing the details of the dog.

Add fine details in the area near the eyes, ears, and forehead among other places.

The trick is looking, thinking and then setting the lines on the drawing with confidence.

Add Shading:

Erase the guidelines you start with and start shading.

Use a sharp pencil to add the more elegant details to your drawing. Work starting from the dark to the light across the entire drawing to bring out the uniqueness.

Sketch Eyes and Nose:

Smooth shading the eyes and nose will make them brighter and clear. Make sure the pencil is sharp to create a smooth texture of the pet.

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Add the finer details: 


At this stage, you are almost done with the drawing.

Using an eraser, soften the dark and intense marks. Add different information about the drawing to make not unique but also attractive to look at.

In conclusion, drawing a dog is a breeze.

Unskilled as well as skilled artists can create drawings of dogs without a struggle. While drawing a dog from scratch, make sure you pay attention to the minor details.

The details will add value to your drawing upon completion.

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