Dog Sketches


You want to make dog sketches but don't know which breed to select. I am also a dog lover so it was very difficult to decide which one to chose. You may experience something similar but it's OK.

All dog lovers face similar dilemma. I've chosen this dachshund because dachshund is very easy to sketch and draw.

This is only a simple practice so relax, take it easy and don’t push yourself hard.

You can make your sketches simply with one HB pencil. It is a good exercise because you’ll practice to apply different pressure on the pencil so that the lines will be of different intensity – and tonal value.

If you take closer look at this quick sketch you’ll notice that all lines are sketched very approximately. No fine touch applied.

Yes, there is still lot of work to do to make this picture a good drawing, but the purpose of this exercise is to capture the shape of a dog.

Let’s make a couple of simple dog sketches

Details don’t matter much here. If you make dog sketches by observing a live model you have to work pretty fast because dog won’t wait for you…

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Begin from the head. Sketch a lot of approximate lines if you are not sure. Important is that you do it. Outline the ear. Do not worry about the perfections yet; you’ll make the necessary corrections on the go.

If possible, avoid using eraser as much as you can.

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Outline the chest and part of the trunk. Notice the proportions between the size of the head and chest.

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This dog’s pose is quite 3 dimensional. The back of the body is relatively small because it is diagonally behind what makes it look very natural. If you sketch a live model you’ll probably experience something similar.

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Outline the approximate contours of the rear legs so that you’ll get a complete shape.

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When the rough body contour is ready you can go back to the head, where you began and outline the features of dog’s face. The eyes nose and mouth.

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Here you can erase (but gently) the disturbing pencil lines. Darken the contours. Use shorter strokes.

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Add a little shade on the belly, on the chest and on the tail. Do not work out the details too much.

It is OK if you make mistakes. It is OK if details of your dog sketch do not resemble to the original or the model.

It is only an exercise. You can repeat it as many times as you feel up to.

Every time you repeat the same sketch over and over, you’ll find new things to improve, and you are getting better which is good.

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