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How To Draw A Picture of Your Husky Dog

Updated on July 5, 2017
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Do you enjoy dog art? I have fond memories of my childhood dogs and thus commemorated my pets by drawing pictures of my four legged friends. Three years ago I drew a picture of my dog lady, and this past fall I painted a portrait of my dog Buster. This time around I decided to create a colored pencil illustration of my dog Natasha, who looked very similar to Lady since they were both Siberian Huskies. Actually, Lady and Natasha looked so much alike that one of my dad's friends who had not been over for years thought they were the same dog. The only variation between the two dogs is that Natasha had a bluish fur coat, and Lady's fur had reddish tones and highlights. This photo essay celebrates the life of my dog Natasha with a Southern California art theme since the San Bernardino Mountains are in the background. Perhaps this hub can also give you inspiration on how to create you own commemorative pet drawings. Also, this drawing was created on a sheet of used printer paper, so this is also an earth day friendly art project since one less sheet of paper is now filling up those landfills.

Here is the completed picture of Natasha.  Take a look at the steps below to see how I created this illustration.
Here is the completed picture of Natasha. Take a look at the steps below to see how I created this illustration.

Step One: Sketch The Outline of The Siberian Husky

Here I sketched out my dog.  Yes the paper is used and crumbled, but all of these lines can be smoothed out.  Also, the crumbling was much less noticeable once the picture was completed and in the frame.
Here I sketched out my dog. Yes the paper is used and crumbled, but all of these lines can be smoothed out. Also, the crumbling was much less noticeable once the picture was completed and in the frame.

I drew the body of Natasha by simply using a reference photograph, but drawing books can be helpful for those who want to get the lines of drawing a dog a bit more correct.

Step Two: Begin To Add The Details To The Husky

In this step I began to shade in the details on my Siberian Husky Natasha.
In this step I began to shade in the details on my Siberian Husky Natasha.

Step Three: Add The Final Details To The Siberian Husky

In step three I added the final details to the drawing of the Husky before coloring the illustration with colored pencils.
In step three I added the final details to the drawing of the Husky before coloring the illustration with colored pencils.

Step Four: Color In The Lighter Portions of The Siberian Husky

In this step of the process I colored in the lighter portions of my Siberian Husky dog Natasha.
In this step of the process I colored in the lighter portions of my Siberian Husky dog Natasha.

Step Five: Color In The Dark Blue Fur On The Husky

In step five I colored in the dark blue patches of fur on my dog Natasha.  Blending over the pencil shading created rich tones that makes Natasha look more life like on the page.
In step five I colored in the dark blue patches of fur on my dog Natasha. Blending over the pencil shading created rich tones that makes Natasha look more life like on the page.

Step Six: Color In The Blue Sky

In this step of the process I used a light blue colored pencil to color in the sky behind Natasha.
In this step of the process I used a light blue colored pencil to color in the sky behind Natasha.

Step Seven: Color The Mountains

In this step of the process I used a purple colored pencil to create mountains behind Natasha.
In this step of the process I used a purple colored pencil to create mountains behind Natasha.

Step Eight: Coloring In The Valley

In this step I used the purple colored pencil to lightly color in the valley directly behind Natasha dog.  I continued to smooth out the crumbled page as I colored the picture, and used pencils to hold it down and keep it flat.
In this step I used the purple colored pencil to lightly color in the valley directly behind Natasha dog. I continued to smooth out the crumbled page as I colored the picture, and used pencils to hold it down and keep it flat.

Step Nine: Frame The Drawing of Natasha

In this step I framed the drawing of my dog Natasha.  Now I can enjoy this work of art on my wall for years to come.
In this step I framed the drawing of my dog Natasha. Now I can enjoy this work of art on my wall for years to come.

How Do I Create My Own Frameable Picture?

So how can you frame a drawing? Easy! First, find a picture of your pet to draw, or you can even use your pet as a live model. This might be a bit more difficult as pets like to move around quite a bit, so I suggest working with a photograph. In the spirit of the earth day and the environment, I recommend using a sheet of used printer paper as I did for my drawing. Once it is drawn, colored, and framed no one will be able to tell if it were a bit crinkly. If you do not have colored pencils on hand you can always order a few online.

Frame That Drawing

Personally, I do not mind buying a cheap frame at the dollar store, or picking up a nicer frame at the second-hand store. There is no reason to pay an exorbitant amount for a frame if it is well constructed. Also, there are many good deals and affordable frames to be found on Amazon or eBay.

Look for certificate frames because these are the perfect size for framing reused sheets of printer paper, which are usually eight by ten inches. Remember when drawing you own pictures that you make the rules, so feel free to allow your imagination to create a unique piece of art.

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Colored Pencils and Pencil Sketches

One of my favorite mediums is layering colored pencil or pencil sketches, which create rich and vivid texture. I use any colored pencils on hand, but you can always buy more expensive colored pencils if you preferred. I love how water colored pencils can be blended, and even turned into the paint with water and a brush. I have several different sets of colored pencils, and I simply mix and match these with how the inspiration comes to me. However, if you are looking for a good set of beginner colored pencils with rich hues, I definitely recommend checking out the Scholar colored pencils by Prisma Color, which is reasonably priced and almost of the same quality as the Premier Prisma Color pencils. Layering different colors on top of each other also creates new and vibrant tones in many of my illustrations, and this is a technique I continue to refine.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Aya! This drawing is sort of of special to me because it is based on my dog Natasha.

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      Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      That's a beautiful drawing. Thanks for sharing the step by step process.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Weblog!

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      weblog 7 years ago from 1India

      SP - That's great to do step-by-step. Thumbs up for the hub!!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Olversmum. I do enjoy drawing, so these hubs a pleasure for me to do.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      SweetiePie. Hi. Unfortunately I can't draw. but you make it sound and look so easy.

      Natasha's drawing is absolutely beautiful.

      You are so very talented. I loved this hub,

      Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Paradise,

      Thanks.

      Teresa,

      I am glad to hear your daughter loves to paint :).

      Aguvulpes,

      The video was working fine on Youtube, maybe the site is just down at the moment. I have had about fifty views on this video though, so I know it is working :). Thanks for the comment on my Natasha dog drawing :).

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      SweetiePie, your Natasha is an absolutely beautiful looking dog. I bet she is a joy to cuddle.

      Your drawing of her is lovely and the finished framed picture looks great. Unfortunately I am unable to view the video something seems to be not working with YouTube.

      Great Hub :-)

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Wow, I want to but can't. My daughter, she is a good painter and draws as clean and perfect as she wants. YOu are an artist. More power to you.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      You made a good pic, here. This is marvelous!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Why thank you Cheeky Girl, and I will need to check out that hub :).

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      As a big fan of art and having written an illustrated hub on Art (portrait of a woman) I am always interested in reading other art hubs too. You have some very interesting hubs with an art slant. Your step by step drawing pictures really helped with this. Well done on a great hub!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate the nice comments Hello, Hello, Pete, and Michael!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Your very talented! I can barely trace my hand...

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      That should help anyone that enjoys drawing. I myself wouldn't get beyond doing the sketch. Natasha is a beautiful animal.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for you instructive hub. I used to be very good in drawing, especially commercial art in High School, but too many years and I am sure I lost it. I would love to try it again but to draw you really have to have the piece oa mind and time. I love it.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Lorlie,

      I create these YouTube videos for my examiner and Hubpages tutorials because these give me backlinks, and also because I can add interest to my sites. I am also creating a new blog with arts and crafts videos, but I actually need to work on that one a bit more. Thanks for the lovely compliment, and I am sure you can draw something beautiful when you are inspired :).

      Hi Katiem,

      I just look at pictures of people and focus on that when I draw. However, Waynet here on hubpages has some great tips on drawing most anything, so if you ask him I am sure he could even make a hub out of that question. Thanks for commenting.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Hey SP, Great Hub, my artist daughters got a HUGE thrill out of this. My 13 year old wants to know if you have any helpful tips for drawing feet on people. GREAT Hub and ART! Peace :)

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi SweetiePie!

      How have you been? I'm afraid I voted 'no' in your poll because, my friend, I CAN'T draw at all. I have tried and tried and everything I draw looks like a big, black blob.

      My family teases me constantly-but maybe your wonderful step-by-step directions will inspire me to try again.

      Natasha is gorgeous...and so is your voice!

      Laurel