How to Draw a Dog Face

how to draw a dog face

This drawing tutorial will show and tell you how to draw a dog face. This is a detailed dog face drawing tutorial that will be helpful when drawing a whole dog.

This lesson in drawing a dog face will be built on a classic scheme in which you will need to move from simple shapes to more complex ones.

Dogs come in many different breeds and can have very different facial features. In this dog face drawing tutorial, we will show all the most important points, using which you can draw a face of a dog of any kind.

So let’s get down to the tutorial on how to draw a dog face.


Step 1

Start drawing the dog’s face with a simple ball. This simple geometric shape will serve as a good guide on which all the details will be drawn later. Next, sketch out a couple of intersecting lines that will help you not get confused in proportions.

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Step 2

It’s time to start drawing details on the dog’s head. Start with the ears, drawing them with long, flowing lines. Note that other dogs may have different ears. Therefore, if you want to draw a German shepherd, then you should give the ears a slightly different shape.

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Step 3

Using the horizontal line sketched in the first step, draw the dog’s eyes. Don’t forget to draw the thickness of the eyelids and the creases above and below the eyes. This will give your dog face drawing a more realistic and lively look. Dogs have very large pupils. Because of this, we practically do not see the whites of the eyes.

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Step 4

Draw the dog’s nose just below the eyes. Recall that in one of the previous drawing tutorials we showed you how to draw a dog nose. To check the proportionality of your dog face drawing, you can look at it in the mirror, or move slightly away from it.

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Step 5

Now it’s time to draw the dog’s mouth. Start by sketching the upper jaw. Then, just below, sketch out the outlines of the tongue and two lower canines. To make your dog face drawing more voluminous, try to make the closer parts more contrasting than the distant ones. We talked about how this works in our article on aerial perspective.

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Step 6

Use smooth lines to draw the lower lip and the edges of the lower jaw. Draw the dog’s neck with long hatches. Using long hatches like this instead of simple lines will give the dog’s neck a fluffy look and make it look more realistic. Do not forget that the closer details should be more contrasting than the distant ones, which means that the lower jaw should be drawn with darker lines than the neck.

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Step 7

Now it’s time to give the dog face drawing a more finished and clean look. To do this, carefully erase all the auxiliary guidelines drawn at the beginning of this drawing lesson. Compare your drawing of the dog’s face with ours. Add the necessary details and correct any mistakes if any.

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Step 9

To make the drawing of the dog’s face more convincing and similar to the face of a real dog, add shadows. Using hatching, carefully draw shadows, starting from the darkest areas and gradually working towards the lighter ones. To make the dog’s gaze more expressive, leave small highlights in them.

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It was a dog drawing tutorial. To improve your skills, try a few additional drawing exercises.

First, try drawing the head of a different breed of a dog using this drawing tutorial. Add more shadows, try to draw the texture of the fur. This will help you train your skill in drawing a dog’s head and teach you how to draw details that are not similar to those presented in this drawing lesson.

Next, try to draw a whole dog, drawing in detail the head, as well as other parts of the body. This will help you understand the drawing process more holistically, and teach you how to apply the knowledge of drawing body parts when you are drawing a full figure portrait of a creature.

If you liked this dog face drawing tutorial, then be sure to visit our category called Animals, where you will find a huge number of other animal drawing tutorials

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