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Draw A Picture of A Dog

Updated on September 2, 2016

Drawing a picture of a dog is a creative way to document the life of a beloved pet. Of course, you can always take millions of pictures of your dog since we now live in the age of the digital camera, but there is just something a bit more meaningful about a picture you draw yourself. One of the reasons I love the technology of digital photography is because it allows me to create a large personal gallery of pictures I can use as reference photographs for my sketches. Also, I use my scanner to create digital images of my old photographs, which is how I made the reference photograph for this particular sketch I am doing of Buster. I am using a pencil to sketch Buster on the paper and then I will transfer the outline of this drawing on wood to make a wood burning of him. The sketch of Buster will be colored in with colored pencils that I have on hand.

So how can you learn how to draw a picture of your dog? Try reading online tutorial, watch how-to art videos, purchase drawing instruction books, or even check drawing books out of the library. If you have a kindle or a nook, you can even download books from your library's website, which means there is no need to spend a lot of money on learning how to draw. My concepts for drawing pictures of dogs is based on a few art classes I took, but mostly on my innate sense of how to sketch. Drawing is a form of art and open to interpretation, and if I want an exact replica of my dog I can always take a photograph. Thus, when I draw a dog I want to focus on making it look aesthetically pleasing to me, and that is about it. If you are selling pictures of dogs that you draw then you will have to think about what your customers like. If you are just creating art for the walls of your own home then you only need to consider your own preferences. So do you need to use expensive art supplies for sketching? I do have a few artist grade pencils, but I must confess I often use cheap ones I purchase at the store.

The Buster Sketch After Part 1

This is what the Buster drawing looks like in the first phase of the sketch, before part two where I will fill him in with colored pencils.
This is what the Buster drawing looks like in the first phase of the sketch, before part two where I will fill him in with colored pencils. | Source

Back in 2009 I painted a picture of Buster, who was always quite a ham for the camera. However, I just cannot seem to get away from drawing or painting Buster, so here I am at it again! Drawing or painting a picture of your dog is a wonderful way to commemorate a beloved pet, especially if he has passed, such as Buster did back in 2007. Here is a YouTube video that will give you a few ideas on how you can use reference photographs as inspiration for drawing your own dog.

Sketch Paper

Often I just sketch on computer paper, but for this drawing I am using nice sketch paper. It really does make your drawings look a bit nicer.

The Sketching Process

Documenting the sketching process is a useful way to track your progress. You might even want to use pictures of your unfinished sketch to create digital art with your photo editing software.  Often I used pictures of my half-way completed sketches to create cards.

Here I am beginning to sketch Buster's head.
Here I am beginning to sketch Buster's head. | Source
Now I am beginning to sketch in Buster's nose
Now I am beginning to sketch in Buster's nose | Source
I am now beginning to sketch in more of Buster's nose.
I am now beginning to sketch in more of Buster's nose. | Source
I have now finished drawing the outline of Buster's head.
I have now finished drawing the outline of Buster's head. | Source
In this step of the process I have added the eyes, the nose, and the collar to Buster.
In this step of the process I have added the eyes, the nose, and the collar to Buster. | Source
Here I am adding the wrinkles to Buster's head.  Buster had many wrinkles on his head, and was affectionately called the wrinkle head dog.  It is interesting to try to draw these.
Here I am adding the wrinkles to Buster's head. Buster had many wrinkles on his head, and was affectionately called the wrinkle head dog. It is interesting to try to draw these.
Here I am adding more detail to Buster's color and the front of his body.
Here I am adding more detail to Buster's color and the front of his body.
Here I am beginning to add more of the detail to Buster's front legs.
Here I am beginning to add more of the detail to Buster's front legs. | Source
I have finished sketching in the dimensions of Buster front legs.  Now it is time to begin the second phase of this sketch where I will add more details to Buster, and shade him in with colored pencils.
I have finished sketching in the dimensions of Buster front legs. Now it is time to begin the second phase of this sketch where I will add more details to Buster, and shade him in with colored pencils. | Source

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      Cassandra 9 months ago

      Are you going to be at the same time as I am

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      Cassandralile 9 months ago

      The best of luck with your life is you are the best

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Alladream74,

      Finished the piece in the most current hub.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Would love to see the completed piece

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Wooded!

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      Wooded 6 years ago

      Buster is adorable! He looks so much like my dog. Look forward to the next part. Thanks!

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Prasetio and Dayzeebee!

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      dayzeebee 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow thank you. Now to apply the principles using coreldraw -- the software I normally use to create original works. Blessings:)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so beautiful. You are very talented. You made dog pictures so "life". I am glad to know this from you. Rated up! Have a nice weekend.

      Prasetio:)

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for your comments SJKSK and Ripplemaker!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      The step by step is a great way to teach drawing :)

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Great idea. I think I will try to draw a picture of my poochie.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for all the nice comments everyone. Just wanted to recommend the grid drawing method for anyone who wants to try drawing again.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      The result is good when YOU do it, Sweetie Pie!

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Very good tips. I always have problem with proportion scale when I draw animals, I hope I can cope with the problem now.

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      mdlawyer 6 years ago

      This is great learn sweetie. ha ha

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, will follow your excellent tutorial, look forward to the next one in the series. Thank you.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub, I might even give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Nice to learn how to do this, I would just love to draw our pets here! Thanks again for the useful information.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi TheHemu,

      I am glad to hear you enjoyed my drawing tutorial. I have also drawn pictures of my cat.

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      thehemu 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      great tut. i love my cat and try to draw her too.