Draw a DogLevel: Easy
What You Need
- 6B pencil
- 4B pencil
- 2B pencil
- White Eraser
- Kneaded Eraser
1. Block In Your ShapesStart your dog as all drawings begin: a block-in of the basic shapes. Use circles and ovals to create the different forms found in your pup’s face, and draw very faint horizontal and vertical guidelines to help you align the eyes, snout, etc. Work to refine your block-in until you have a basic contour.
2. Lightly ShadeOnce you have a clean contour line, clean up the sketch by erasing your guidelines. Begin shading the fur and features. For the blackest parts of the dog, like the eyes and little black nose, use a dark 6B pencil.
3. Define the TextureThis step totally depends on your dog’s breed and type of fur — our beagle’s short, straight coat is much different than, say, a poodle’s curls. But no matter which type of fur you’re drawing, you want to shade with directional strokes using a 2B pencil. Don’t get caught up trying to draw individual hairs.
As you work, build up the tone and details of the fur by increasing your pressure to define darker sections in your drawing. For even darker effects, switch to a 4B pencil.