How to Draw A Dog in 30 seconds

Two weeks ago, Waynet's drawings inspired me to leave a comment on one of his hubs, and he returned with the question 'What do you draw?' It's taken a little time, but I thought I'd make a hub about it.

The short answer is that I draw anything, but I have a real passion for drawing dogs. All kinds of dogs, from cartoons to figurative paintings, and all breeds, although I'm a big Jack Russell fan.

Over the last couple of years, my art business has gown well, and I now sell professionally, mainly specialising in land and seascapes as well as dogs, of course. I'm also running successful art workshops.

How to Draw A Dog in 30 seconds

"Kai"
"Kai" | Source

 My biggest achievement so far was illustrating and publishing my own book, Archie-Parchie-Piddley-Poo, the hardest part of which was making the drawings look consistent throughout the book, so that Archie didn't look like a Jack Russel in the beginning and a German Shepherd by the end.

Every single dog drawing I've ever done starts in exactly the same way that I'm writing about here.  This article tells you how to make a quick sketch of a dog - this one really did take only 30 seconds, but the basic principles can be used and expanded upon to create more complex work.  I've included a few of my other dog drawings at the end of this article, but they all started life just as this sketch did.

Getting started

I chose to use grey paper as sometimes a blank, white page can be a little daunting. For the pencil part of the sketch, I used a soft 6B pencil, which I sharpened with a craft knife.

Begin by drawing a large oval for the dog's body, then a circle at the top of the oval and just overlapping it for the head. At the base of this cirlce, draw a smaller circle for the dog's nose. A triangle either side of the head suffices for ears, whether they are pricked ears or lop ears.

The circles can be quite rough, and it doesn't matter if you redraw over them, as you can rub away any pencil lines once the sketch is almost done.

Next add stick lines for the tail and legs, in the direction that you want them to go.

 Next add the eyes.  Eyes are often a difficult part of any drawing.  First place a gently downward-curved, horizontal line half way down the head circle, bisecting the head.  Place an eye equidistant on either side of this line.  For a cartoon dog like this one, you can draw almond shaped eyes, or just plain circles, and you can give the dog ridiculous expressive eyebrows.  Draw a smaller circle within the eyes to represent pupils.

 That's as much detail as is needed in pencil, so switch to pen.  I used a fine-point, black rollerball for the outlines.  Follow the basic pencil lines and draw around the head, indenting the circle a little to form a jaw line.  Draw around the ears.

Where the nose circle is, draw a heart shape for the nose, put a nostril either side and a vertical line down the middle.  Add a few dots on the muzzle to suggest whiskers.

Next give the dog a neck and continue along the body oval creating legs around the outside of the stick legs.  Paws only need to be suggested by short curves representing the dog's toes. 

Draw the tail

 Next draw wiggly edged patches on the dog, which will be shaded in to represent markings, and add some lines around the neck to suggest shaggier hair.

I put and upward facing curve about half way along the dog's body to suggest a fat belly.

Switch pens to a brown fibre tip and roughly shade in the pupils of the eyes, the nose and all of the dog's markings.

At this stage the dog will look like it's floating so switch back to the black pen and shade an area underneath your sketch to make it look like the dog is sitting on the floor.  If you shade a little more heavily under each paw the effect will be more realistic.  I also went back and fiddled with the eyebrows and added a few vertical dashes on the dog's face as it looked rather blank.

Give the ink a minute to dry then rub out the pencil lines if they bother you (I sometimes leave them in) using a putty eraser or malleable eraser.

 The joy of doing a very quick sketch like this is that if you don't think it looks good you can do another and another, changing a few things each time.  For example, I think this puppy looks a bit cross, so I might change it's eyes and eyebrows next time, or give it a human style smile, making it more cartoony.  Also, working quickly doesn't give you too much time to agonise over where to put the next line, which is a great learning process in itself.  You can then put those things you've learned into a more complex drawing.

As I said, all of my drawings begin with a very basic pencil outline.  Here are a few more:

Archie

A five minute charcoal and conte crayon sketch.  I love these media as you can't erase them, you have to live with your mistakes and work with it.  I tend to draw these very quickly.
A five minute charcoal and conte crayon sketch. I love these media as you can't erase them, you have to live with your mistakes and work with it. I tend to draw these very quickly.

Rock Dog

Another charcoal experiment, but with angular lines this time.
Another charcoal experiment, but with angular lines this time.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Awesome, the pictures are soooo.....cute. I love this hub! You are a great artist...


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

That's great and all the dog drawings are great too and the archie book seems like fun, you sure have an ace artistic talent here ....oh and thanks for the mention at the top of your hubpage.

I haven't drawn a dog since I was a kid, must have a go!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Excellent. I don't think I have much talent for drawing but you did a remarkable job. Great hub.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I'm awful at drawing, but I think I'll follow your advices and see what happens, very inspiring. Great hub Georgina.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You are a genius and honestly mean that. Thank you so much for your inspirations. That Alsation is not only a super drawing but it also has a heart and charatistic in it and that makes a great artist.


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Suki C 6 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

A great, fun hub - I'm raring to go and pick up a pencil & 'have a go' myself :)

ps - I think your 'Archie-Parchie' looks sooo professional!


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks guys, for all your positive comments. My head is now so big I don't fit through the doorway! Thank you.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

bookmarked and Stumbled Upon.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you Rebecca E.


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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Georgina, This a a great hub. I have always admired people with artistic skills because I have none myself. With your directions I think I'll make a run at doing something artistic. In case you're wondering my avatar is my old buddy Latimer, he's my 14 year old Labrador Retriever.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks TnFlash. Give it a go, you never know how things will turn out. We have something in common - dogs who wear glasses! Rock Dog is my L'il buddy Archie.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Cheers, nice to know. I can draw a cat in a few seconds but have never been able to draw a dog in a short time.

Thanks to you, now I can.

Well done on publication of your books - Love the names.

Best Wishes


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you Lady_E.


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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

Sweet, thanks for sharing. Very enjoyable and interesting hub.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you C.S.Alexis. i aim to please


rhartlandsberg 6 years ago

Love the video, it's mesmerizing.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

I Know, If only I were that good!


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taganisted 6 years ago

I'm in love with your books front cover! Really great drawings, i'll have to have a go now :)


pastella13 6 years ago

Hi

You're really brilliant. I find it so hard to draw dog's expressions, but you make it look so easy. I love your book.

Great hub.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

taganisted and pastella 13 - thanks for your positive comments. glad you like the book.


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christianbooks 6 years ago

wonderful hub ! I always wanted to learn how to draw, but sadly it's not for me. I will most like play the role of the one who appreciatesthe drawing.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Georgina_writes, love your drawings of the Jack Russels and Kai. Would love to have that much talent to draw that quickly. You have a new fan. Me of course lol.

Thumbs up for a great Hub :-)


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks agvulpes - I'd just love to have more time to do it! I'm currently working on a comissioned oil painting, plus a stack of copywriting, but you gotta pay the bills somehow!


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Debby Bruck 6 years ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hub. Thank you for giving so much of yourself, Georgina. Wondering how your Archie Parchie book cover evolved? Did you get feedback from others, or change drawing styles over the course of time? Sounds like a wonderful story in rhyme. Be well, Debby


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks Debbie Bruck. My partner is my biggest critic, but often I just look at something and think, nope, that's not quite right. It's a real drag to re-draw stuff, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist.


BestOfWeb 6 years ago

cool.>!!

Really fun stuff.

thanks for the drawing tips.


druida 6 years ago

I liked the drawings. I love dogs and have 2 in my residential.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks druida.


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

Wow, I'm lucky if I can draw a stick figure. Fun hub!


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you lender3212000


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Neet8 6 years ago

Fantastic drawings!!! I'm loving the Rock Dog awesome!!! Very inspiring work. Thanks for a great hub.


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cavetroll 6 years ago

Great work! I especially like the dot illustration "Jack Russells Require A Lot Of Mental Stimulation". Beautiful! Great hub!


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks Neet8. Glad you enjoyed it. I thought rock dog was a bit of fum. It's translated well into cards and gifts etc on zazzle too (I'm there as maddogdesigns if anyone wants to look. It's actually my Jack Russell wearing my Ray Bans.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks cavetroll. It took forever to do, and I've just completed an oil painting of the same, which I think works well too.


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fiona_33 6 years ago from UK

Great hub. I'd love to be able to draw. My grandmother was an amazing artist. Shame I didn't inherit any of her genes.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Hi fiona_33. Thank you. It's a hobby I'm passionate about. Iwas like you with my mother's musical ability, though. She could play anything without having a single lesson in her life. Me, I'm tone deaf!


Nathea 6 years ago

I luv zebedee


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you nathea


U Neek 6 years ago

Great instructions! I really enjoyed watching the video.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks U Neek - wish I were that good!


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slock62 6 years ago from Florida

What this hub illustrates is the sharing of something you dearly love, actually two things Art and Animals. Both of which obviously give you countless moments of joy and pleasure and bring depth and soul to your life. How very generous of you to include your fellow writers in your joy. We truly appreciate and thank you for sharing your talent with us and the rest of the world. Blessings to you.


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Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

Having two Jack Rusells of my own, I love the pic Jack Russells require a lot of mental stimulation - where can I buy a print please?


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Hi alison, I'm about to put a print of that up on my Zazzle store, so give me a few days then check back.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

slock62, thank you for your warm comments. That's me - like to share.


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Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

:)))))))) all smiles ! Love this Hub...

am definitely your fan :)

great hub. x x


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you Leptirela.


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hung69noel 6 years ago

I absolutely love this hub. I love to draw and I also love dogs. hahaha It's so funny how this article is so about me. The drawing seems easy, but it takes me a lot longer than 20 mins to draw it. I'll be following. :)


jessie 6 years ago

i wish i had those drawing skills


artlover 6 years ago

Great article with some really usefull advice


syd 6 years ago

'i love to draw too. In fact i got a jack russell to im only 10 and i love him and want to draw him but it looks to cartoonish and i want a real drawing of him but anyway i love your art great job!


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Hey syd,thanks for your kind comments. The only way to end up with a really good drawing is to keep practising, then one day you'll find a style that you like. I practice and practice my drawing, and some days I turn out rubbish, but then some days I turn out a great picture. Good to meet a fellow artist! I love my jack russels too.


pastella13 6 years ago

I know I've commented on your hub before, but I love your dog sketches, especially the Jack Russell playing a computer game. You're so talented.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks once again, pastella.


dogtrainingclass 6 years ago

Was searching for "how to draw a dog", saw your hubpage. Although I can't do it as fast as you, it actually looks very similar.Great info on drawing a dog!


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Lynda Lou 6 years ago

Great hub Georgina! You are very talented! Archie Parchie Piddly Poo looked absolutely adorable!


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi, fantastic lesson in the art of how to draw a dog. You are very talented. Thank you for sharing your work . Rated up.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks dogtrainingclass, Lynda Lou and D.A.L - I like to share my knowledge around and may well be doing some more art hubs in the future.


doggerday 6 years ago

i really like it all i like the vidio so cute


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you doggerday


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Kenny Wordsmith 6 years ago from Chennai

Love the look and feel of your book, Georgina! So much emotion in those pictures!


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almasi 6 years ago

Wow, you are truly gifted. Will give it a try.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks almasi


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Ingenira 6 years ago

Love the drawings. So adorable. Great hub too ! Voted up ! :)


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you Ingenira


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you Ingenira


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ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

Hi! That's cool, easy way to draw! -- Thanks


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adbale 6 years ago

amazing, very cool

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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks adbale


DebbieEdwards 6 years ago

That is so cool!!!


KLeichester 6 years ago

This is very nice! An interesting post!


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks guys- takes a lot of practice


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orioleorange 6 years ago

How cute!


lupita 6 years ago

hi i think all these pictures are so amazing when did u start drawing? You inspired me so much that when i grow up i wanna be just like you it looks so fun drawing dogs and other things so thanks for inspiring me with your work! :+]


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Georgina_writes 5 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Hi lupita - I have always drawn - if you want to be an artist when you grow up just keep drawing and painting. one day you will get there.


cindydiehl 5 years ago

very inspiring! I am new to drawing and I am looking for example on how to draw. this is very helpful!


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Georgina_writes 5 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks you cindy


FinaD 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Since childhood everytime I was bored or depressed I would draw what I could. I am now in my 40's and decided it was time to take drawing classes and find it difficult to improve in it so any help helps a great deal.


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Nice hub, reminds me of Art School. Voted up.


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m0rd0r 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

Cute paints, I want to learn too :)

Voted up and beautiful.


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Georgina_writes 4 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you!


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Akshaykumar Bhat 2 years ago from Yellapur

Nice tips...!!!

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