How to Draw a dog

How to Draw a Puppy Realistically

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Learn how to draw a puppy realistically.

In this step by step lesson we’ll cover a husky puppy (shown above on the left) and a long haired German shepherd dog puppy (on the right).

There are different approaches how to draw a puppy, of course.
We apply a method, where you first draw the head, and then map out the size of all other body parts in relation to the head. This is a good way to draw something from a photo, which is what I did, in fact.

When you try to draw something realistically, take it easy and give yourself several tries. The first attempt is often not satisfying.
I erased many body parts at least once and redrew them until they looked good. That’s normal. Relax and get into a rather playful and experimenting attitude when you feel that you are getting frustrated.

If you want to, you can click here to jump to that second puppy right away. It is a bit more difficult, but I draw it in many more steps than the first, so it should be no problem to follow.

Otherwise let’s start with the first one!

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 1.1:
Basic Head-Shape

Start by sketching a circle with two middle axes inside of it.
This circle is the base for the puppy’s head.
The axes will help us to position all parts of the face in the right places.

The snout reaches out of the lower right quarter of the circle.
At the top it starts close to the horizontal middle axes, and at the bottom it reaches the circle a bit before the vertical middle axis.

It should be rather short, since this is a baby dog.
I recommend making it slightly shorter than the circle’s radius.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 1.2:
The Body

Now we map out the body’s size in relation to the heads size.
I took measurement from the tip of the snout to the end of the circle on the left.
You can see that the puppy is a bit shorter than three of these units.

Keep this in mind when you are drawing puppies in general.
An adult dog has the lengths of four heads, or more (at least for huskies this is true).
Just through giving the whole body the length of less than three heads you can indicate that the dog you are drawing is still very young.

At the neck, where the lines just come out of the circle, they should flow downwards a little.
Otherwise the body shape is a simple oval.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 1.3:
Front Legs

Since the torso is in place, we can now draw in the legs.

Here I used the axes of the circle as measure units.
They’ll help us to place the legs correctly, and show how long to make them.

You can see that the distance from the left side of the front leg to the circle has the same length as the green axis.
This leg is standing further towards the back than the leg on the other side of the body.
Draw it in, so that its top is roughly on the same level as the bottom of the circle.
The length of the legs can be measured with the purple axis.
If you place it just below the circle, you see that it reaches down to the top of the paws.

In general, the length of the legs is also a good way to recognize a puppy.
The legs here are only slightly longer than the height of the head.
For an adult dog the legs would be about as twice as long as the head.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 1.4:
Hind Legs

From the front leg to the hind leg the distance is a bit longer than the length of the circle’s radius.
The hind leg’s shape is a bit different from the front leg, since there is an additional foot ankle, from which the leg bends forwards.
There is no difference between the paws, though.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 1.5:
The Tail

Draw in the tail.
It should be rather short, just like everything else in a puppy.
To give it the same length as the legs is a good estimation.
The tail is uplifted, to indicate that the puppy is currently in an attentive state.
Let it hang down, if you want your puppy to look rather relaxed.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 1.6:
The Face

Since all the limbs are in place, we can now go back to the head and complete the face.

Ears:
Draw the ear into the upper left quarter of the circle, but there into the upper right corner.
Note that the ear’s bottom on the left sits much lower than its bottom on the right, and that its shape is leaning a bit forwards.
Define the borders of the ear with two lines and add a little edgy shape into it to hint at the insides.
The only thing that you see of the other ear is a little triangle that reaches above the skull.

Eye:
The eye is sitting in the circle’s lower right quarter.
Draw it in a small distance from the horizontal middle axes and very close to the circle’s edge on the right.
It has the shape of a triangle with a circle inside of it.

Nose:
Draw a round shape into the tip of the snout and add a spiky shape to it that bends downwards along the snout edge.

Erasing:
The body of the puppy is done so far.
Now you can erase all the lines which aren’t necessary any more:

– The axes in the circle
– The circle line, which separates the head from the body
– The circle line, which separates the snout from the rest of the head
– The parts of the body line which are covered by legs

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 1.7:
The Fur

And now it’s fur time!
Turn your “naked” Husky puppy into a Hairy Harry so that it doesn’t freeze in the cold winter land it comes from.

You can draw the fur in two steps:
1. Make the edges of the puppy fuzzy.
2. Draw fur patterns into the body

1: Fuzzy Edges
Note that there are some edges which are not furry.
The snout and the paws are still completely smooth, because the fur is so short there that it doesn’t stand out.

Draw the hairs around the head rather short and upright.
On the back they are longer and lie pointing backwards.
At the belly the hairs should be the longest and hang down.
Yet draw them shorter and shorter, the closer you come to the jaw from below.
The fur on the legs is also pretty short.
And on the tail is a bit longer again.

And don’t forget to make the edges of the ears hairy, too.

2: Fur Patterns
Draw in the fur patterns now.

Divide each leg in the middle with a row of fuzzy lines.
Do the same with the tip of the tail.

Most important for the face is the outline that separates the snout from the upper part of the head.
The outline starts in front of the eye and goes downwards for a short distance.
Below the eye it makes a knuckle and goes upwards again.
When it is behind the eye it goes over into a long curve which reaches to the end of the head.
Draw a row of fuzzy lines curving down from there, until they meet with the lower jaw.

Also add a speck of outlined fur above the eye, below the ear and one on the neck right behind the head.

Draw a big shape on the chest.
It has a thin spike pointing upwards at the front leg and then bends gently up to the jaw.

Finally you can outline the area around the knee of the hind leg a little bit.

And with that your husky puppy is finished.
It will be a big, successful sledge dog when it grows up one day, I’m sure.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.1:
Basis for the Head

Draw a circle at the beginning.
This will be the base for the puppy’s head.
Place the vertical and horizontal middle axis inside of it, because then it will be easier to draw all the facial features correctly, since you can use these axes as guidelines.

My axes are very uneven here, but yours should be straight and perpendicular of course! 😉

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.2:
Eye Shape

Add the eyes into the left side of the head, just on the horizontal axis.

The left eye (and I’m always talking about left and right from your point of view: <— left, right —>) touches the borders of the circle, while the right one sits close to the vertical middle axis, but doesn’t touch it yet.
Leave so much distance between the eyes that another eye could fit in there.

The right eye is shaped like a small bell.
The left eye is cut off on its right side with a straight diagonal line, because this part will be hidden behind the snout (see next picture).

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.3:
The Snout

Draw in the snout.
It starts just above the left eye and crosses the line of the circle closely below the eye.
Outside of the circle it makes an ever so slight bulge.
The length to the tip of the snout, measured from the circle, is about as long as the half of the circle’s radius.
Since this is a puppy snout, it should rather be too short than too long.

Draw a long curve from the snout tip that bends back to the circle and enters it close to the bottom.
Don’t make this curve too flat, because the snout should look rather broad than pointy.

Then add the lower jaw.
It starts roughly in the middle of the last drawn curve.
From there it arcs down, to form the chin.
The chin ends where the line reaches the circle, very close to the vertical axis.
From there on the line arcs inwards and reaches into the lower right quarter of the circle to outline the jaw.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.4:
The Nose

Add the nose to the tip of the snout.
It is a bit tricky.
You may need a couple of tries until you get this to look properly.
I had to erase and redraw mine several times.

Start with two lines, which bend out of the upper snout outline.
One starts very slightly above the tip, the other one further upwards.

Connect the two lines at the side and add a little bulge to the bottom of the nose.

Then draw in two circles for the nostrils.
I cut off the one on the left, but a whole circle close to the left side should also be fine.
A line arcs upwards from the right circle to define the border between top and side of the nose.

With one more line, we’ll also make a clear distinction between the top surface of the snout and its side surface.
Draw this line starting from the upper right edge of the nose and let it run largely parallel to the outer snout line.
This line shouldn’t be straight either, but slightly curved.

And with this last step the whole snout is finished.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.5:
The Ears

Now you can add the ears.
The left is just a triangle, which is partially hidden behind the circle.
The right one fills almost the entire upper right quarter of the circle.
You can also think of it as a triangle, yet the lines at the side are bulging outwards.
At the top, the line makes a knuckle that goes downwards.
And the shape isn’t closed at the upper right corner.
Instead, the line that comes from the top runs parallel to the right side of the triangle for a short while before it ends.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.6:
The Body

Now we map out the torso of the little dog.
Use the horizontal circle axis (purple) to measure the length of the body.
From the right edge of the circle to the end of the body one and a half purple axes fit in.
The height from the bottom of the circle to the bottom of the body is as long as the radius (shown in green).
Draw in the oval of the body inside of these boundaries.
At the neck it starts out of the horizontal middle axis and on the other side it starts in the middle of the chin.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.7:
Front Legs

This picture may look confusing on the first glance, but it is simple.
We just use the yellow and the blue axis as measurement tools again to map out the front legs.

With the blue axis, we can measure the distance from the chin to the outermost paw, the distance from the right elbow to the beginning of the paw, and the length of this paw itself.
From where the paw starts at the top, to its toes, it has the length of half a blue axis.

With the yellow axis we measure the height of the front legs.
You see that they almost reach as deep as the yellow axis, when you place it below the mouth.

If you take these measurements into consideration it should be no problem to draw the legs in the right proportions.
And if you think that’s all too messy and complicated, just draw the front legs without any measurement at all, but just guess the correct size.
You can look at the next picture to see them without axes in the way.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.8:
Hind Leg

Only one of the hind legs is visible.
It consists of a large, round bulge for the knee and the long, narrow shape for the foot below.
The foot is roughly as long as the vertical axis.
Draw it slightly diagonal, so that its joint at the end sits higher than the toes in the front.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.9:
Tail

Add the tail to complete the outline of the body shape.
If you draw it standing upwards, it will look like the puppy is currently paying attention to something interesting in front of it and may jump up any second.
I decided to let the tail lie down on the ground, because I wanted my puppy to be relaxed.

In the next steps we’ll draw in the fur around the edges of the puppy.
I recommend that you slightly erase the edges in those areas, so that you don’t see these lines below the fur anymore.
You can also erase the little part of the circle, which reaches under the jaw.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.10:
Furry Head Outline

Start with the forehead and the ears.
Draw in many little curvy spikes along their borders.
Let all these spikes bend into slightly different directions, so that they don’t look like a row of nails, or the blade of a saw, but like natural chaotic fur.
Make some spikes a bit bigger, some a bit smaller, some thicker, some thinner.

Then connect the right ear with the jaw through a curved row of longer and broader hairs.
They should also change their direction frequently, but overall they point upwards at the top and are bending more downwards, the closer to the jaw they come.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.11:
Facial Fur

Draw a large iris into each eye, which fills the eye almost completely.
Then add the smaller filled pupil into it, so that only a thin rim of the iris remains empty.

Add a bit of decoration around the eyes:
– Draw a line below each eye, to form the lower eyelid.
– Add a curved shape with strands at its top above each eye. This is no eyebrow, but just a pattern in the fur color.
– Add another fur pattern below the right eye. You don’t see the one under the left eye, because the snout is in the way.

Draw jagged lines into the ears.
In the left ear this is just a short row of little strokes, which go up into the upper left corner of the triangle.
In the right ear the little strokes start at the left top, go diagonally downwards into the middle of the ear and than curve upwards to the right top again.

Add two jagged lines to the forehead.
Both of them start just above the two lines that come up from the nose.
The left line disappears quickly on the left side of the skull, while the right one arcs up to the top of the head.

Then draw a couple of fuzzy edged specks into the forehead.
I added one at the beginning of the left ear, and one partially hidden below the right ear.

Draw a zigzag line from the nose down to the outer edge of the jaw.
Add a few short whiskers and outline the sideburns.
Then you are finished with the facial fur pattern.

How to Draw a Puppy – Step 2.12:
Body Fur

Slightly erase the lines of the front legs above the elbows, so that you can draw over them.
Draw two rows of long jagged lines right above the elbows.
Also outline the line on the right, which goes all the way up to the shoulder with many little curved spikes.

Add a row of very few small lines in the middle of the right front leg.
This separates the upper surface and the side surface of the leg, which gives a better 3d effect.
Then make the whole lower outline of the legs and paws fuzzy at the edges.

Let’s turn to the hind body in this last step.
At first you can also make all edges of the leg and the body fuzzy with a lot of little lines.
Then add two rows of long fur strands along the lower thigh.
Also draw many hairs sticking out of the tail.
Draw in a couple of lines into the body, too:

– A row along the back
– A few hairs behind the shoulder
– A little patch of lines at the beginning of the belly

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer

Lesson Overview:

Find out how to draw a dog of the Boxer breed in profile and in front view with the help of a few squares to map out his body proportions.
So have a ruler at hand to draw these squares.

The first part of this lesson covers the side view and the second one the frontal view. You can click here, if you want to jump to the second part right away.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.0: The Proportions

Map out the proportions of your boxer with the help of three squares:

(The actual size of the squares I used:
Big Square’s Side Length: 16cm ~ 6.3 inch
Small Squares Side Length: 4cm ~ 1.57 inch)

Start by drawing a big square with the help of your ruler on the paper. Divide it in the middle with a horizontal line.
Its upper part will be filled with the boxer’s torso, while the legs will fill the lower part.
Don’t draw the square to the very right of your paper, because the hind legs and the tail will reach out of the square on the right side.
Take a look at the overview picture above, to get an idea about this.

Add two little squares on top of the big one.
Their side length should be a fourth of the big square’s side length.
Draw the first sitting to the very left of the big square and the second one hovering left beside it.
These little squares will contain the boxer’s head.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.1: Torso Outline

Split the upper part of the big square in half with another horizontal line. This gives you the points where the chest and the hind end of the boxer are touching the sides of the square. This line will also aid you to draw back and belly properly.

Also make a little mark for the chest’s lowest point into the middle line of the big square. Place it exactly below the right edge of the small square above it (red dotted line). With that you have five marked points (shown in red) which will help you to draw the torso.

Now you can finally start to draw it.
Begin at the marks on the left side and connect them with a line that bends slightly inwards. Then let it curve down to the next mark at the lowest point of the chest. Afterwards the chest transitions into the belly through sloping up steadily. At the highest point the belly transitions into the hind leg. So let the line fall down again in the end, since this is already the upper part of the thigh.

The line for the back starts from the right edge of the small square.
Sketch it falling slightly downwards. Close to the hind end, it goes slightly up again and forms a bulge for the base of the tail. Then it arcs down to the mark on the right side. From there it falls almost vertically. It just has a slight drift to the right and reaches a bit over the square’s border.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.2: Head Outline

Now let’s draw the boxer’s head into the small squares.

The right square just contains the boxer’s neck, while the left one contains the whole face. The lines for throat and neck continue smoothly where the torso’s lines ended.

Let the line coming up from the chest continue for a short distance and reach slightly into the left small square. Let the line coming from the back go steeply upwards, make a little bow and then continue all the way to the top of the boxer’s head. This top lies just on the division line of the two squares.

Draw the boxer’s forehead by letting a line reach down from the top of the head into the left square. Make it straight and not too steep.
When it is has breached just over the half of the square, it makes a sudden and short step downwards. Afterwards the line continues for the snout.

Draw the nose as a rounded shape, which touches the left side of the square and sits a bit higher. Then finish the face by adding the boxer’s typical hanging cheeks and its chin. Both should reach below the bottom of the square.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.3: Legs and Tail

Let the tail grow out of the upper bulge at the boxer’s hind end.
Lifted it can reach as high as the head.

To draw the legs, split the lower half of the big square in the middle with another horizontal line. This will help you to place the ankles correctly. Note that the ankle of the front leg is sitting just below this line, and the ankle of the hind leg is sitting above it.

The lines for the front leg start “inside” of the chest.
Draw the front leg broad and with a rounded shape at the top. Make it a bit narrower and straight below. After the ankle, the leg is pointing slightly forwards. Add the paw to its end. It consists just of a flat bottom and three curved lines for toes.

The hind leg connects smoothly with the torso. Draw it also rather broad at the top and make it narrower towards the ankle. Its upper part is pointing backwards and reaches out of the square. Its lower part goes straight towards the ground. I only used two toes for the hind paw, because it is pointing directly to the front so that the other toes can’t be seen.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.4: Facial Outline

Add nose, eye and ear to your boxer’s head.
Just separate the nose with a curved line from the rest of the snout. Draw the eye as a triangle with a rounded left side. Place it very close to the border of the forehead.
The ear lies partially in both squares and reaches slightly above the top of the head. Draw only its outer shape for now, because the inner lines look still a bit messy in this picture. In the next one you can see its shape more clearly.

Also extend the outline of the jaw where it meets the neck. Let the line of the jaw continue with an arc that curves up towards the ear.

Erasing:
You won’t need the squares as guidelines after this step any more. It is best when you erase them now. Of course you will erase parts of the boxer too, while doing so. Cut out a sharp edge of your eraser with a scissor, to minimize this. Then redraw your dog at the places where it got erased and move to the next step.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.5: Head Details

Eye Details:
Draw the pupil as a thin, black oval, which touches the left side of the eye. Then draw a line running closely along the right side of this oval for the iris. Further add two slight lines for the eyelids above and below the eye.

Ear Details:
Here you can see the shape of the inner ear clearly now.
Draw the fold inside and the outline around it.

Nose Shading:
To shade the nose, press the pencil down hard while filling in the top and the bottom of the nose. Then press it down rather lightly when you are filling in the middle part.

Fur Outline:
The wavy lines on the head are outlining the fur pattern.
Each closed area has another color on the real dog.
We leave everything black and white in this lesson, but just to outline the colored areas gives the dog a much better, realistic look.
Below is a quick description of each pattern.

1. There is a small rim along the upper part of the forehead.

2. A big shape goes all around the eyes and reaches down to the hanging cheeks. You have to be subtle when drawing the outline above the eye, because this will have a strong effect on the expression of your boxer’s face. A boxer usually looks as if he is sad. That’s because the fur outline is low at the outer corner of the eye and rises at the inner corner of the eye. So take care to draw it this way.

3. Draw a curved connection from the upper end of the jaw to the backside of the neck.

4. Finally add three rows of little dots below the nose.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.6: Fur Pattern

The fur pattern of the body is quickly drawn.
Add a line that starts from the left top of the front leg and reaches upwards to the point where back and neck meet each other. Then separate the feet with curved lines, so that it looks like the boxer is wearing socks. It is common that the “socks” on the front legs reach higher than on the hind legs.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.7: Facial Wrinkles

Your boxer is almost ready to run, but he still looks like he is made of paper and doesn’t have any substance.
For that reason we’ll add outlines of muscles, bones and wrinkles to his body, to give him a solid look.

Draw these outlines rather loose and with several strokes of your pencil, so that they don’t look as clear and firm as the borders of the body.
Below are enlarged views of each body part. The lines are shown in red for better visibility. Keep in mind that you should draw them as lightly as shown in the picture above, though.

Draw two long folds into the cheek and a short one above the eye.
Sketch two lines running along the sides of the ear and sprinkle a few smaller ones in between them. Then add a few small curves behind the ear. Draw four lines into the neck: two short ones at its backside and two long ones at its front.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.8: Front Leg Muscles and Bones

Let two long lines reach down from the top of the back. Outline the upper thigh and the chest with a few curves. Hint at the bone structure of the leg with straight lines and a small bulge at the ankle. Also add a little claw to each toe (not shown in red).

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.9: Torso Muscles and Lines

Draw two more lines arcing down from the back into the torso.
Of the muscle outlines below, the one that is sitting more to the back should be drawn with a stronger stroke. You can take a quick look at the uncolored pencil drawing at the top of this step to see the difference.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.10: Hind Leg Muscles and Bones

Let two lines curve inwards at the transitioning point of torso and hind leg to form the rounded top of the thigh. Then sketch in a few rounded outlines into the let. Draw a long line going down to the ankle along the right edge. Bring out the ankle bone with a little arc. Finally add one short line to the front of the thigh, and one along the right side of the paw.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 1.11: Legs in the Background

This is the last little step.

Draw the two legs in the background as copies of the legs in the foreground. Yet you can hide large parts of them behind the later. Just take care to set them a little bit higher. That is important for the 3d effect.

No big deal, right?
And as far as the gender of the boxer is concerned, I added a couple of teats to make it a female.
Below you see what a male boxer would look like.

This concludes the first part of this “how to draw a dog” lesson.

Following is the second part, were we’ll draw the boxer with the same procedure in frontal view.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.0: The Proportions

To draw a boxer in a frontal view, we first map out its proportions with a rectangle. Then we divide the rectangle into three parts for head, torso, and legs.

(Height of my rectangle: 25 cm to 9.75 inch
Width of my rectangle: ca. 8.125cm to ca. 3.2 inch)

Draw the rectangle so that its width is a third of its height.
Then separate its upper quarter with a horizontal line.
This upper block will be reserved for the head.

Take the block that is left below and divide it exactly in the middle with another horizontal line.
The upper one of these new parts is reserved for the torso and the lower one for the legs.

Also draw a vertical line through the middle of the whole rectangle.
This will help you a lot to draw the boxer symmetrically.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.1: Head Outline

Since you have mapped out the proportions of the body, you can start to outline the boxer’s shape now.
(If you want an overview of the whole body outline before you start to draw, scroll down to the fourth picture below and return here afterwards.)

The shape of the head is symmetrical. It fills the upper square from top to bottom, but doesn’t reach to the sides on the left and the right. This is important, because the ears still have to fit in there.

Draw the forehead as a flat plateau along the top of the square. At the sides, the plateau transitions into diagonally falling lines. After a short distance, these lines change direction to run straight downwards. At the temple they bulge slightly inwards and at the cheeks they curve outwards. Draw the two typical hanging shapes at the sides of the mouth and the chin in between them. Then add the neck, making it slightly narrower than the head.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.2: Torso Outline

The torso of the boxer fills the whole width of the square. Let the lines curve outwards from the neck, so that they touch the sides on shoulder level. Roughly below the middle of the torso, the lines are curving slightly inwards and outwards again to form a little bulge. Going to the base of the legs, the lines back away from the borders of the square.
The base for both legs should be so broad that another leg could fit in between them.
Draw the bottom of the chest as a flat “U”-shape that connects the base of both legs in the middle.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.3: Leg Outline

Draw the legs with a rounded muscle at their top. Make them narrow and straight below. Add a little bulge for the ankle, before you draw in the paws at the bottom.

The leg on the right side is seen directly from the front, while the left one is seen a from a side angle. That’s why the paws have a different shape. On the right side the toes are standing straight, while on the left side they rather look like ovals that overlap each other.

Below the left ankle, there is an additional fifth toe, hanging at the side of the leg. Include this one also on the right side. I forgot it here and added it only in step 2.8, as you can see later.

For the sake of a better overview I show a picture of the whole body outline in one piece.
This is roughly what your boxer should look like right now. Make any necessary corrections, before you go on to the next step.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.4: Facial Outline

Add ears, eyes and nose into your boxer’s face.

Ears:
The ears reach up to the top of the rectangle and are hanging down to the level of the cheeks. It is okay if they slightly reach over the borders of the rectangle at the sides.

Nose:
Draw the nose right into the middle of the rectangle as a broad oval with a flat bottom.

Snout and Eyes:
Elongate the lines from the hanging sides of the mouth, so that they reach upwards to nose level. Add the eyes as two small circles right above the ends of these two lines. The bottom of the eyes should still sit higher than the top of the nose. It is very important that both eyes are on the same height and have the same distance from the middle axis.

Erasing:
Erase the rectangle and all other guidelines now, because we don’t need them any more. You will have to redraw some parts of the boxer afterwards. Cut a sharp edge off your eraser with the help of a scissor, so that you erase with a very thin surface only. With that you will only erase very small parts of your dog.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.5 Head Details

Ears:
Draw another line running along the inner side of the ear.
This gives substance to the later, so that it doesn’t look like thin paper.

Eyes:
Add the inner and outer eye corners as triangles to the circles.
Set the inner corner of the eyes very low and the outer eye corners very high.
Then fill in the circle with grey and draw another small, black circle into its center.

Nose:
Outline the big oval shapes of the nostrils in the nose.
Color them in deep black and give the nose a grey tone.
Then split the lower part of it in half with a vertical line that also reaches below the nose.

Snout:
Draw an arc above the nose to define the upper border of the snout.
Let it start steeply beside the nose, but make it flat at the top.

Fur Outline:
Draw a spear like shape that is pointing up the middle of the forehead. Then add the outline around the eyes, which goes all the way down to the jaw. It is important that the outline is low at the outer corner of the eye and arcs upwards at the inner corner of the eye. This gives the boxer its typical, sad look.

A few more things:
Draw three rows of little dots, which are running down the snout on each side. Also outline the lower lip at the top of the chin.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.6: Fur Pattern

The fur pattern of the boxer’s body consists of a large shape on his chest and a socks-pattern on his legs.
Draw the former starting narrow under the chin. Give it uneven borders and make it broader towards the bottom.
Just add a curved line into each leg for the socks-pattern.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.7: Facial Wrinkles

A boxer’s face has a lot of folds and wrinkles.
They are the finishing touch for head.

Draw a couple of folds above each eye.
That deepens the impression that the boxer looks worried.
Add a few of them on each side of the arc, which reaches over the nose.
Sketch a bunch of lines on the surface of the ears.
Then outline the cheeks on each side with one more line.
Finally add two wrinkles to the bottom of the hanging sides of the snout and the chin.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.8: Muscle Outline

How to Draw a Dog muscle

To bring your boxer’s body alive, loosely outline the muscles on torso and legs with light sketchy strokes.
Below you can see these lines shown in red, for better visibility.

Two folds reach down from the base of the neck into the torso.
Sketch a few lines that are running along the border of each shoulder.
Opposing them are two other lines, left and right from the fur pattern in the middle. They bend in the opposite direction.
Also outline the shape of the upper leg muscle and the muscles on the chest.

Bring out the muscle of the thigh with a few lines that run along its sides.
Add some more lines, running along the side of the leg.
Then sketch in the sinews, which are curving upwards from each toe, and add a little claw to the later.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.9: Hind Part of Torso

The frontal part of the body is finished, and now we’ll draw the hind body in several small steps.

Start by drawing an arc around the right shoulder.
It starts at the base of the neck and reaches down to the beginning of the first leg muscle.
This arc is the little rest of the boxer’s torso, that you can see sticking out there.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.10: Back End

Now draw in the back end of the boxer.
Make it so slim, that its breadth is just about a third of the width of the front body. The line for the back starts just above the arc around the shoulder. It makes three bulges. The first one at the top is for the base of the tail. Below it follows another small bulge for the structure of the hip bone. And below this one there is a long stretched bulge, which is already the first muscle of the leg.
Also draw the two short lines that you see below the shoulder.
These define the lower border of the body.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.11: Hind Legs

Draw in the hind legs.
You can conveniently hide one of them behind a front leg, so that only a little part of the paw and the heel is visible.
On the right, where the whole body is shown, you can see how large the hind legs are in comparison to the front legs.
Place the hind paws much higher in the picture than the front paws.
They touch the ground slightly below the middle of the front legs.

How to Draw a Dog: Boxer – Step 2.12: Hind Leg Muscles

The outlines of muscles and sinews on the hind body are shown in red on the left, for better visibility. Draw them in with several light strokes of your pencil, so that they look like in the right picture. Finally add a little claw to each toe and your dog drawing is complete!
Congratulations for finishing this drawing lesson!

Don’t get upset if your boxer doesn’t look satisfying to you at the first attempt. It took me actually quite a while to make mine that “perfect” (a while being hours). The main point is that you are practicing and enjoying it, because then you’ll achieve the results you want sooner or later anyway.

So long!
Stay tuned for more drawing lessons to come.

How to Draw a Dachshund

Welcome to this drawing lesson.

Here we are going to draw a Dachshund from a proportional outline.
Have a ruler at hand to draw the squares and rectangles.

In the first part of this lesson we’ll draw the dachshund from a side perspective, and in the second part we’ll draw the dachshund in front view.

Otherwise we start now with the side view drawing of the dachshund.

How to Draw a Dachshund – Part 1: Side View

1.1: Proportional Outline

First, we create a proportional outline into which we draw the dachshund later. This outline will help us to draw the body parts of the dachshund in the right size.
Draw this outline very lightly, because we are going to erase it again.

Begin by drawing a large rectangle on your paper that is twice as broad as it is high (blue numbers). It will contain the dachshund’s torso.
Then separate the lowest fifth of this rectangle with a straight line from the rest. This section is reserved for the feet.
Add a smaller rectangle on the left top of the large one. Make it as broad as a fourth of the big rectangles width, and slightly higher than the half of the big rectangles height. Attach another rectangle with the same size to its left, and you have completed the proportional outline.
These smaller rectangles will contain the dachshund’s head.

Now we can go ahead, and draw the dachshund into this structure.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 1.2: Torso Outline

On the left side you can see a red mark. This lies one fifth below the large rectangle’s top (same distance as the separation at the bottom).
The dachshund’s throat goes upwards from this mark and slightly towards the left.
Below the mark the chest begins. It bulges a bit forward and out of the rectangle, and then curves down to another red mark, where it touches the line. This second mark lies exactly below the right edge of the small rectangle for the head.
After this deepest point, the line goes upwards into the hind part of the large rectangle. Where it reaches the highest point, the distance between the body and the line below it is also about one fifth.
Behind this point the leg begins already. Draw the line curving down to form the dachshund’s knee, and then let it go down just behind the rectangle.

The dachshund’s back begins a bit to the left of the small rectangles right edge. It gently curves downwards, reaches its deepest point a bit behind the middle, and then goes slightly upwards again. At the hind end the line curves down and transitions into the leg. Let the dachshund’s heel stand out clearly there.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 1.3: Head Outline

How to Draw a Dachshund – 1.4: Legs & Feet  Outline

How to Draw a Dachshund – 1.5: Head Details


Separate the nose from the snout with a curved line around the snout’s tip.
Then draw in the eye as a triangle with a slightly curved left side. Place it on the level of the transition from snout to forehead.
Include the small mouth at the snout’s bottom, and then draw a huge ear into the right rectangle, covering most of the head there.
Let the ear point a bit towards the left.

Now you can erase all the rectangles, because we’re done with them.


Shade the dachshund’s nose, so that it’s largely black, but leave a white stripe free close to the top.
Then draw in a black oval into the eye for the pupil and add the narrow iris around it. Outline the eyelids with fine lines along the eye’s top and bottom.

Sketch in a line that starts at the nose and runs parallel to the snout’s top towards the eye. Also sprinkle in a couple of dots between nose and mouth. Then loosely sketch in a few more lines around the cheek, on the forehead, and into the ear.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 1.6: Body Details


We are going to bring out the details in the rest of the dachshund’s body. Because there is a lot going on, I split this up into three separate images and also highlighted everything in read, so that you can see the lines more clearly than my fuzzy pencil strokes.
Look below.


Draw a couple of sketchy lines on the throat, the back, and the chest.
Also bring out the shoulder with as a rounded shape above the leg.
On the leg itself you can emphasize the elbow a little, and draw a very faint vein below it. And don’t forget to add a small claw to each toe.



There isn’t much to do in the middle of the body.
Sketch in these three long lines to bring out the body structure a bit.



And finally add details to the hind end and hind leg.
Draw one line along the top, a few lines to hint at the muscles and bones on the leg, and a claw on each toe.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 1.7: Last Touch


This is the last step.
If you want a male dachshund, draw in the genitals.
If you want a female one, you can add a few teats along the belly.
Then draw in another pair of legs.
Basically you just draw a copy of the leg in the front, and only place it a bit higher and more to the left.
Finally, shade the claws just like the nose. Make them largely black, but leave a thin white stripe free along the top.

And that’s it, your dachshund is complete.
Mine turned out a bit melancholic. How’s your dachshund doing?

Now comes the second part of this lesson where you can see how to draw a dachshund in front view.

How to Draw a Dachshund – Part 2: Front View

2.1: Proportional Outline


Begin with a tall standing rectangle that is half as broad as it is high.
The entire dachshund has to fit into this rectangle, so let it cover almost your entire piece of paper.
Now, take measurement and separate the lower fourth of this rectangle with a straight line from the rest.
Then you take the upper part that is left, and divide it exactly in the middle again.

You now have split the big rectangle into an area for head, torso, and feet.
Divide the entire thing with a vertical line through the middle, and then let’s start drawing in our dog.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.2: Head Outline

Now we draw in the head into the two rectangles at the top.
Use the middle line for orientation to draw it symmetrically.
At its broadest point the head reaches a bit beyond the half of each rectangle. The rest of the space is reserved for the ears, which we’ll draw later.
Divide the upper section in half with a horizontal line once more to help you draw the head correctly (blue line below).


The snout is as broad as one third of the entire rectangle’s width.
Draw it in first, and include the lower jaw as a small rounded shape becoming visible at the bottom.

Going up from the snout you have four lines that define the head’s side.
First the lines go up from the snout’s top in a 45° angle for a short while. The next line goes steeper along the side of the cheek and reaches beyond the blue line into the upper half. Now the change in direction goes inwards for the line along the dog’s temple. Make this line a bit longer than the previous two.
Finally, you close the head on top with a rounded line.

Also draw in the neck, making it a bit broader than the snout.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.3: Torso Outline


Continuing from the neck the lines slope down towards the shoulders, where they touch the sides of the rectangle.
After the shoulders, very close to the bottom of the middle section, they curve a little bit inwards again.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.4: Legs & Feet Outline


The legs are almost as broad as a fourth of the big rectangle’s width. Almost, but not quite. Draw them in, and let the ankle’s stand out as small bulges just above the paws.
You can then draw in the toes as simple ovals with an open top.
Draw only four ovals in a row, because the fifth toe sits a bit above them at the inner side of the leg.

Then add the bottom of the chest as a big curve between the legs.


This is now what your dachshund should roughly look like.
You can make a few corrections if necessary, and then we move on to draw in the details.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.5: Head Detail Outline


Draw in the big, flabby ears of the dachshund.
They start at the temple’s top, slope slightly downwards, and reach a bit beyond the edges of the rectangle. They also slightly cross the line at the bottom.

Add the eyes as two circles into the dachshunds face.
Place them on the same level as the transition from cheek to temple, where the lines at the head’s side change direction.

Then put the nose into the middle of the snout. Its front looks like a trapezoid with a curved top. Above it you draw a narrow section for the nose’s upper side.
And now you can erase all the rectangles and guidelines, because we don’t need them anymore.


In red I’ve highlighted a line that runs closely along the edge of the ears.
Draw this one in to make the ears thicker.

Add very small and slightly curved triangles for the eye corners beside the eye-circles. Then outline an “eyebrow” above them. This is not really an eyebrow but a spot with different fur color above the eyes.

The lower part of the dachshund’s face also has a different color than the top. Separate it from the top with a jagged line that starts at the nose and goes straight up from there. Before it reaches eye-level, let this line make a sharp change in direction and go towards the head’s side in a curve.

Draw a small straight line below the nose into the snout’s middle.
Then let two lines bulge into the snout beside the nose.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.6: Facial Details


Draw a black circle into each eye for the pupil, but leave a smaller white circle free inside of it for a light reflection.
Then draw many lines radiation outwards from the pupil towards the eye’s edge.

Shade the nose a bit, so that the edges on the top are darker and the brightest part is in the middle. Then fill in the nose’s front with a Grey value and add two black circles for the nostrils into it.

Draw three rows of dots below the nose into each of the snout’s sides.


(Here I highlighted a few lines in red again to improve their visibility, since they were faint on the scan.)

Now it’s time to loosely sketch in a couple of folds and outlines into the face. Draw two pairs of lines on the forehead, outline the eye cavity with lines around the eyes, and add two slightly curved lines in between the eyes.
Then also add the lines in red, but keep them rather subtle.


Sketch folds into the ears, and draw a few lines along their edges.
With that the dachshund’s head is complete, and we continue to loosely bring out the muscle, sinew and bone structure on the other body parts.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.7: Neck Details


Elongate the sides of the neck, so that they slightly reach into the torso.
Then sketch in two lines on the throat, and two more lines where the throat transitions into the torso.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.8: Torso Details


Emphasize the shoulders rounded shape with a few lines around them.
Also let a line reach a bit into each leg where the side bulges slightly inwards.


Bring out the chest structure by drawing a vertical line into its middle and a curved line along its bottom.

How to Draw a Dachshund – 2.9: Legs & Feet Details


The feet have a different fur color than the legs. Draw a wavy line across the leg to separate them. Then sketch a few lines along the edges of the legs, and draw in two folds above the toes.
Add a small claw to each toe to complete the paws.


Now outline the hind paws. They look a bit smaller than the front paws because a dachshund is pretty long and they are very much in the background.
You can also draw in the toes as simple ovals. Place the feet pointing slightly outwards, so you don’t directly see them from the front. For that reason you have to bring out the heel at their end with a change in line-direction.


Add a couple of folds above the toes and lines along the sides of the legs.
From the top of each oval you can draw a very short line reaching diagonally upwards into the foot to give the toes length.
Then add claws to each toe again, and the hind paws are done.

Let the top of the dachshund’s tail stick out behind one of his shoulders, and then your dachshund is complete and ready to play.
Mine actually turned out a bit stern, but I like that.

How to Draw a German Shepherd Dog

You learn how to draw a German shepherd dog in this drawing lesson.

First, we are going to create a couple of rectangles to map out the dog’s proportions. Have a ruler at hand to do that.
Then we’ll draw the dog into this proportional outline.

Got that ruler? Great, let’s start.

How to Draw a German Shepherd Dog – 1:
Proportional Outline

Draw the squares and rectangles very faint because we’ll erase all of them again later on.

Draw a big rectangle on your paper which’s height is three fourths of its width. Then divide this rectangle in half with a horizontal line.
On the top left of the big rectangle you draw a small square that has the side length of one fourth of the big rectangle’s width.
Add another square of the same size left to it.

The proportional outline is now complete and will help us to draw the body parts of the German shepherd dog in the right size.
So let’s start to draw in the dog.

How to Draw a German Shepherd Dog – 2:
Body Outline


Take note of all the points where the lines are touching the edges of the squares.

At the very right the neck begins at the corner of the square.
The line goes up all the way to the square’s top, and touches it close to the middle line. On the other side it goes down the dog’s forehead. Make a clearly visible step between forehead and snout.
Let the nose touch the left side of the square just slightly below the middle. Then draw in the mouth opening, the thin lower jaw, and finally let the line go down the throat and blend with the side of the rectangle.

How to Draw a German Shepherd Dog
The back of the German shepherd dog continues where the neck ended, at the corner of the square.
Let it slope down evenly at the beginning, but stronger at the hind end.
The dog’s chest begins to curve away from the left side in the middle of the upper rectangle. Draw the belly reaching slightly below the horizontal middle line, and let it end about a fourth before the rectangle’s right edge.


Now you can draw in the legs.
I recommend that you first draw the leg in the foreground, and then draw the second leg behind it as a copy of the first one. You just place it a bit higher and more to the left.

The front legs are rather thin. Let them go straight done at the beginning.
In the lower half there is a change in direction and they point slightly forward. Draw in the paw at the end with just two visible toes.

The hind leg is pretty thick at the top and rounded.
It curves smoothly to the ankle, from where it goes straight down.
The ankle lies pretty much in the middle of the lower rectangle’s height.
Draw the second hind leg in a rather large distance from the first one.
Don’t let it stand straight, but make it slightly diagonal towards the end.

Then draw in the tail hanging down between the hind legs.


This is what your dog should roughly look like right now.
Make corrections if necessary, and then we move on to the next section where we start drawing in details.

How to Draw a German Shepherd Dog – 3:
Head Details


Add the eye as a triangle with a slightly curved left side into the head.
Place it on the level of the step between snout and forehead.
Then separate the nose from the snout with a curved line.
Draw the shepherd dog’s tongue hanging out of the mouth, and then attach the ears to the head’s top. Their basic shape is triangular, but take your time to draw in little irregularities to make them look more natural.

Draw in a black nostril into the nose, a pupil with the surrounding iris into the eye, and a couple of teeth into the mouth.
Then draw a line into each ear that separates the backside from the inside.

And now you can erase all the rectangles and squares, because we’re done with them.

Shade the nose, so that it becomes largely black, but leave a thin white stripe along the top empty. Then sprinkle in a couple of dots below the nose.

And now it’s time that we start to bring out the fur patterns. Use short fuzzy pencil strokes to achieve a furry effect.

Draw a frame around the mouth that starts at the snout’s top.
Then draw a jagged connection from this frame’s upper side to the ear.
From behind the ear the row of thin strokes goes downwards to the throat.

Outline a small spot of the fur above and below the eye.
Also draw a small line along the snout’s top, and make the back of the ears fuzzy with short pencil strokes.

How to Draw a German Shepherd Dog – 4:
Fur Details


To give the dog’s body a furry appearance we have to draw over some of the smooth lines with short pencil strokes.
Do this for the entire throat and chest, and for the neck as well.
Then continue to draw in a loose and sketchy manner, and separate three large sections of fur on the back.
Bring out the dog’s shoulder by drawing a rounded row of strokes above the front leg.
Use a zigzag movement of your pencil to create long, hanging fur strands along the dog’s belly. Note that they’re all pointing slightly towards the middle.


Make the edges of the legs fuzzy again with short pencil strokes, but do this only above the ankles.
Also draw a bit of additional fur along the sides of the legs.
Below the ankles you draw in a straight line along the edge of the front leg, and two lines on the hind leg to bring out the bone structure there.
Draw a couple of fuzzy lines into the tail and also make its edge furry.
Finally, add a small claw to each toe. Now your dog is complete.

That was my way how to draw a german shepherd dog.
I hope you liked it.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style

This cartoon puppy just fell in love with its own tail.

In a second all you will see is a barking swirl that goes around in circles again and again.
So you better learn how to draw a puppy as long it holds still.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 1: Head & Snout

Sketch a big circle for the head.
Be sure to leave enough space around it, so that the whole puppy still fits on your paper.

The puppy is about two and a half circles high and just as broad.

Draw in the shape of the snout.
It sticks out of the lower right part of the circle and consists of two lines.

(I’m always talking about left and right out of your perspective, never out of the puppy’s perspective.<—– left, right —–>)

The left line starts close to the vertical middle axes of the circle.
It first makes a little bulge, then a bigger bulge and finally arcs upwards.

The second line starts a bit higher and very close to the right side of the circle.
At the beginning it is slightly curving inwards, but where it reaches the outer edge of the snout, it changes the direction in a sharp bend.
From there, it is bulged outwards and goes down until it touches the first line.

Now you can add the nose.
It is like a circle with a bent spike that goes out of its bottom.
Also add a curved line at the corner of the mouth.
This will make your cartoon puppy smile.

Draw two lines closely together to outline the mouth.
Start by drawing the outer one, which forks out of the snout at the very corner of the mouth.
Then draw the second line inside of it, with a bit of distance.

Draw one more line for the chin, and you are finished with the whole snout.
The line starts from the left at a rather big distance from the corner of the mouth.
But then it bends much closer to the mouth outline and follows along its shape.
At the very right it arcs up and touches the lip.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 2: Eyes

You can sketch in two parallel lines that help you to place the eyes correctly and to give both of them the same size.
Set them so high, that the eyes lie in the middle of the circle’s height.
Since we look at the head from a side angle one eye is only partially visible.

Draw two circles into each eye.
The big one is for the iris and the smaller one for the pupil.
In the right eye their shape is rather oval.
That’s because you look at them from a slight side angle.
All circles are partially covered by the eyelids.

(I filled in the pupils here already, because they look weird when they are empty. But you can wait until you are ready to color everything, if you like.)

You can erase a few unnecessary lines now:
– the line of the circle, where it crosses the snout
– the circle line inside of the nose

The only thing to draw in this step is the little bulge in the shape of the head, just above the right eye (blue arrow).
This makes the shape of the head more realistic.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style Step 3: Ears

Now draw in the ears.
The shape that docks the left ear to the head is like a square, but you only see two of its sides (I dotted the other sides to make the square visible).
Out of this square two lines are arcing downwards.
At the middle of the ear they change their direction slightly and join in a rounded shape.

The right ear should have the same height as the left.
Since it is pointing into the background, it appears to be much shorter.
The pale red arrow around it exaggerates the way the line is bulging in and out, to emphasize its shape.

Draw in an additional line into each ear, so that they don’t look flat, but three-dimensional.

The line in the left ear looks like it comes out from the upper right corner of the square, which docks the ear to the head.

In the right ear the line starts out of the bulge above the eye and follows the outline of the ear to the bottom.
Also add another line at the top of the ear shape.
This is a little part of the ears upper side.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 4: Fur Pattern

Outline the facial fur pattern with two lines.
They both start at the nose and run up between the eyes, close to each other.
At the top of the forehead they part way in two different directions.

The right one just makes one arc upwards and then goes down to end below the little bulge over the eye, which is still outside of this fur pattern (red arrow).

The left line makes three bulges.
One is above the eye, the other at the corner of the eye, and the last is below the jaw.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 5: Tongue

Draw in the tongue as a long rounded shape that starts thin in the mouth and gets broader at the end.
Add a line that runs along in the middle of its shape.

The tongue is flying to the left, because the puppy is just turning its head quickly to the right.
So the position of the tongue already gives movement to the picture.

Now the head for the puppy is finished.
In the next steps we are going to draw its body.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 6: Front Body

Draw another circle below the head.
Make it roughly as big as the first circle.
It should sit slightly more to the left than the head.
I just dotted its upper part, because it would have to be erased anyway.

Connect circle and head with a short straight line (this line is partially covered by drops here already).
Then erase a part of both circles, so that there are no full division lines between head and body any more.
The red arrows mark the new ends of the circle lines.

At the bottom the circle for the head doesn’t go all the way to the jaw any more, but ends shortly after the new neck line.
And the line of the lower circle ends shortly before the tip of the tongue.
You can also erase the part of the circle, which it is covered by the left ear.

Then draw in a couple of drops that fly to the left from the tip of the tongue.
This is strengthening the impression of movement in the picture.

Give your puppy front legs and paws.

The left leg consists of two straight lines that start from the edge of the circle.
Draw an oval shape at their end for the paw.
Take care to make it flat at the bottom.
On its right end, the paw connects smoothly with the line of the leg.
Yet on the left side it goes a bit beyond the line and reaches inside of the leg.

The lines for the right leg don’t start from the edge of the circle but inside of it. On the left, the line starts from a lower point and is very short. It ends even before it leaves the circle.
On the right, the line side starts from a higher point and is much longer. It reaches out of the circle and makes a curve there to form an elbow.
Draw the paw as an oval.
It isn’t flat anywhere because the puppy is lifting it and you are looking at it from above.
From the top of the paw a short line reaches into the middle of the arm.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 7: Hind Body

Draw another circle with the same size as the circle for the front body.
It should also lie on the same height as the first circle, but you should leave a little bit of space between them.

Now you can add the hind legs.
They both actually have the same form.
The only difference is that one leg stands firmly on the ground, while the other one is lifted a bit backwards.
Both grow directly out of the circle’s edge.
The left leg just has two additional lines at its top (purple arrows).
Of these, the first one is very short and lies on the circle itself.
The second is much longer and reaches a good deal into the circle.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 8: Toes & Tail

Connect the hind body and the front body with two short lines.
The first starts from the upper left side of the hind circle and disappears under the snout.
The second starts from the top of the left hind leg, and touches the right arm a bit above the elbow.

Then separate the toes on each paw with curved lines.
Draw two of them into the front paws, but only one into each hind paw, because you see the hind paws from the side only.

Finally, draw in the tail.
Its base is a circle that sits at the upper right edge of the hind body.
Out of the circle two long lines are bending upwards until they meet at eyelevel.
The upper line starts inside of the circle, while the lower one starts from the circle’s bottom.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 9: Cleaning Up

The shape of your cartoon puppy is actually finished now.
This is just an erasing step.
The red arrows mark the ends of the circle lines, where I erased a part of them.
Also erase the part of the circle, which runs through the lifted front leg, and the parts of the hind circle which are covered by the hind legs.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 10: Fur Pattern

You can give your puppy’s body a nice fur pattern.
Draw in any fur pattern you like.
If you want to, you can turn your puppy into a Dalmatian and give it thousands of little dots.
My picture and advice below is just a suggestion.
I was inspired by a Beagle.

If you want to draw the same fur pattern like me, separate the fur with very curvy lines.
There is a short line at the tip of the tongue, which separates the head from the body.
A much longer line separates the front body from the hind body.
And there is a line at the top of each hind leg, and one in the middle of the tail.

As you can see, there is still plenty of room on the front body and the legs for additional specks.
So feel free to add as much as you like.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 11: Movement

Let’s use a simple cartoon technique to bring action and movement into the picture:

When you draw a few short lines at the side of an object, this indicates that it is moving.

I visualized the direction of movement with purple arrows.
The movement-lines are always on the opposite site of the movement direction:

1. The puppy is just turning its head to the right. Therefore the lines are at the left side of the head.
2. This turning of the head makes the ears fly upwards a bit.
So the movement-lines are below the ears.
3. Since the puppy is lifting its front leg and moves it to the right, the movement-lines are at the lower left of the lifted paw.
4. The tail is wiggling slightly to the left and to the right. Since it is moving in both directions, you have to draw lines at both sides of its peak.

Now you have much more energy in the picture.
It doesn’t look like your cartoon puppy is a statue, but a living and moving creature.

How to Draw a Puppy in Cartoon Style – Step 12: Inking & Coloring

To get clear, black cartoon lines, you can now use a thin marker or some sort of inking pen to redraw the pencil lines.
Do it slowly and with care, because if you go off track, you can’t erase these black lines any more.
Erase all pencil lines when you are done.
Then you can color your puppy to your liking.
Since mine is a Beagle I made it black, white and brown, but let your imagination run wild.
You can even make it a green alien puppy if you think that’s fancy.
(I recommend giving it antennas in that case.)

All I can say now is “Yelp, Yelp”!
Congratulations for taking the time to learn how to draw a puppy.
I’m sure your new baby dog is proud of its owner and vice versa.

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