Dogs are man's best friend, and there are over 300 breeds that range from the chihuahua to the German shepherd to the Labrador retriever. Learning how to draw dogs is a great way to practice drawing animals. Whether you're drawing a realistic dog like a hound or a Doberman pinscher, or a cartoon dog, the process is pretty simple if you know where to start.
Method 1 of 4: Draw a Hunting Dog
Step 1. Make a small circle
This will be the outline of the dog's head.
Step 2. Draw a rectangle that extends out of the circle
This will be the start of the dog's muzzle.
Step 3. Add 2 triangles at the top of the circle
Both will become dog ears.
Step 4. Draw 2 straight lines from the circle pointing downwards
This will be the outline of the dog's neck.
Step 5. Draw a large vertical oval under the neck
The oval will be the upper part of the dog's body.
Step 6. Create a small vertical oval that overlaps the bottom of the large oval
This will be the lower part of the dog's body, including the belly.
Step 7. Add an even smaller oval that overlaps the previous oval you drew
This oval will be the lower part of the dog's back.
Step 8. Connect the largest and smallest ovals with straight lines
This line will form the dog's back.
Step 9. Draw straight lines that extend down away from the large oval
These lines will become the dog's front legs. Connect the stripes at the base to close the legs.
Step 10. Draw a rectangle sticking out of the forelegs and a small oval
These will be the soles of the dog's paws.
Step 11. Draw a curved line going up from the smallest oval
This line will be the dog's tail.
Step 12. Add a small horizontal oval at the top of the front leg
This will be the bone and muscle area of the dog's leg.
Step 13. Draw a rough outline of the dog using the shapes you've created so far
Start filling in the details, such as the dog's eyes, nose, mouth, nose, and ears.
Step 14. Erase all the guide lines made earlier
When you're done erasing the guide lines, all that's left is the detailed outline of the dog you drew.
Step 15. Color the dog to complete the picture
You can color your dog however you like, but if you want to create a realistic looking dog, we recommend using brown.
Method 2 of 4: Draw a Doberman Pinscher
Step 1. Create 2 side by side horizontal ovals
Make one oval slightly larger than the other. Make sure the two are not too far apart.
Step 2. Draw a thin outline of the dog around the 2 ovals
First, draw a line going down and down the top of the drawn oval. Then, draw a similar line underneath. For the bottom line, make a slight curve between the two ovals. Next, draw the initial leg. Finally, outline the shape of the head with slightly overlapping ovals.
Step 3. Add additional details to the outline
Make the ears, muzzle, paws and tail of the dog.
Step 4. Erase the guide lines in the image and add details
Once the guide lines are removed, you can draw the outline of the feathers. You can also smudge the pencil a little to create shadows.
Step 5. Color the image
For a Doberman pinscher image, we recommend using black with brown shadows.
Method 3 of 4: Draw a Cartoon Puppy
Step 1. Draw a circle
This will be the outline of the cartoon puppy's head.
Step 2. Create a horizontal oval under the circle so that it overlaps
This will be the outline of the puppy's muzzle.
Step 3. Make 4 small ovals on the inside of the circle
These ovals will be the puppy's eyes. Start with 2 small ovals inside the circle. Then, draw a small oval inside each one.
Step 4. Add a small circle inside the large horizontal oval
This will be the puppy's nose.
Step 5. Draw a curved line under the nose to become the mouth
First, draw 2 rising curved lines that meet to form the letter “W”. Then, draw a third rising curved line below the previous "W" shape.
Step 6. Draw a curved line as one puppy ear
Draw the ears so they are sticking out of the top of the puppy's head, and drooping to one side.
Step 7. Draw the second ear on the other side of the head
Make a curved line like the first ear.
Step 8. Add a horizontal rectangle below the big oval
Squares and ovals need to overlap each other somewhat.
Step 9. Draw a square with curved sides under the rectangle
Squares and rectangles should overlap somewhat. This will form part of the outline of the puppy's body.
Step 10. Add a second slightly larger curved rectangle below the first
This will be the outline of the dog's belly.
Step 11. Draw a third curved shape under the previously created curved line
This will be the puppy's lower back.
Step 12. Draw a small oval at the bottom of the shape you previously drew
The small oval will be the sole of the hind foot.
Step 13. Draw a curved line that extends down from the upper body to become the forelegs
Connect the lower ends of the curved line, but leave the upper ends unconnected.
Step 14. Draw an oval at the bottom of the front leg
This is the outline of the pup's forelegs.
Step 15. Draw 2 more curved lines that go down the upper body for the other front leg
Connect the lower ends of the stripes as you would the other leg.
Step 16. Apply a small oval to the bottom of the second front leg
This will be the sole of the other forefoot.
Step 17. Draw a short, curved line going up from the lower back
This is the beginning of the puppy tail.
Step 18. Outline the detailed outline of the puppy using the guide lines made so far
You need to add details like eyes, tongue, and nails.
Step 19. Erase all guide lines
When it's done, all that's left is the detailed outline of the puppy.
Step 20. Color the image
You can draw a puppy using any color you like! Some good colors include brown, black, gray, and tan.
Method 4 of 4: Draw Cartoon Adult Dog
Step 1. Draw 2 circles and one horizontal oval
Make one circle larger than the other, and the smaller circle above the oval and the large circle. These shapes will form the framework for your drawing.
Step 2. Draw the dog's paws sticking out of the larger oval and circle
Divide the legs into trapezoids, rectangles, and polygons. Make 2 feet sticking out of the oval, and 2 feet sticking out of the big circle.
Step 3. Draw the outline of the dog's body
Draw a curved line to connect the oval to the circle. Also, add a small tail sticking out from the side of the big circle.
Step 4. Add the details of the dog's head in a small circle
Trim the image to highlight the dog's eyes, ears, muzzle, and mouth.
Step 5. Thicken the image with a pen and erase the guide lines
Now, only the detailed outline of the dog remains.
Step 6. Color the image
You can use any color you want. To make it look realistic, use colors like gray, black, and brown.