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How to Draw a Cute Puppy with Reeves Oil Pastels

Updated on December 2, 2017
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Kristina is a licensed professional teacher. She obtained her Master of Arts in Education major in English at Sacred Heart College.

Choosing your Image Reference

I usually look for images to draw in Instagram. I either search on people (cute puppy) or through tags (#cutepuppy). Otherwise, I google HD images and not forget to cite its reference. Whereas, I also take photos as my reference just like what I did in this tutorial. Below is the photo reference of my artwork.

This is Patches, an Aspin (Asong Pinoy) or a native dog in the Philippines.
This is Patches, an Aspin (Asong Pinoy) or a native dog in the Philippines. | Source

Let's Draw!

1. Start by drawing the outline of your photo then use a white oil pastel to draw its fur. The key to realistic fur drawing is by creating light strokes following its natural direction.
1. Start by drawing the outline of your photo then use a white oil pastel to draw its fur. The key to realistic fur drawing is by creating light strokes following its natural direction. | Source
2. Create shadows by using a black oil pastel subtly blended with the base color (white).
2. Create shadows by using a black oil pastel subtly blended with the base color (white). | Source
3. Still on your black oil pastel, start building the dark color of the puppy's fur by following the same directions you did in constructing its white fur.
3. Still on your black oil pastel, start building the dark color of the puppy's fur by following the same directions you did in constructing its white fur. | Source
4. Since the puppy is tricolor (dark brown, white and light brown), I blended peach and orange oil pastels to mimic its light brown part of the color. I started by putting light hints of orange oil pastel then blended it with the peach oil pastel.
4. Since the puppy is tricolor (dark brown, white and light brown), I blended peach and orange oil pastels to mimic its light brown part of the color. I started by putting light hints of orange oil pastel then blended it with the peach oil pastel. | Source
5. Continue blending the orange and peach oil pastels but make sure to make the peach oil pastel as its base color.
5. Continue blending the orange and peach oil pastels but make sure to make the peach oil pastel as its base color. | Source
6. Get your white oil pastel again and go back to the previous strokes that you did on Step 1. This will add more details to your puppy drawing.
6. Get your white oil pastel again and go back to the previous strokes that you did on Step 1. This will add more details to your puppy drawing. | Source
7. Take your time in putting details to your work and you will come up with an artwork like this (or even better).
7. Take your time in putting details to your work and you will come up with an artwork like this (or even better). | Source

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