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How to Draw a Simple Cartoon Dog With Oil Pastels

Updated on November 12, 2013

You can draw this simple dog cartoon!

Easy step by step tutorial on how to draw a cartoon dog.
Easy step by step tutorial on how to draw a cartoon dog. | Source

Learn how to draw this simple cartoon dog

As an art teacher, I am always looking for fun projects for kids and adults alike. This easy to draw carton dog was inspired by an art lesson I found on the web, and further inspiration was found from a cute children's book named "Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match". This whimsical book is about a sprite little artist who doesn't match when she chooses clothes - and is on a special mission to get a dog from the pound.

Since Marisol doesn't "match", I thought it would be fun to put together a lesson for the kids on a dog that doesn't "match" either. You can also decide to make your own "designer dog" that doesn't match, or you can use more natural colors to make a more "realistic" dog.

This really simple to draw cartoon dog can be customized with purple spots, stripes or any other fun designs you would like to add with oil pastels. There is a simple 5 step process to drawing your dog and when you are done, you can either cut it out and apply it to another piece of construction paper like I have, or you can draw and keep your dog on just one piece of paper.


Materials needed to draw a cartoon dog

The materials for this lesson are simple. To draw the basic dog with oil pastels you will need:

  • An 8.5" x 11" piece of drawing or computer printing paper
  • A pencil to draw your dog
  • An eraser
  • A set of oil pastels
  • A napkin to wipe your fingers

If you want to cut your dog out and put him on a piece of construction paper and add newspaper elements in the background, you will also need:

  • An 8.5" x 11" piece of any color construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • Newspaper

How to draw a cartoon dog - step by step

The 5 step process to draw your dog step by step is at the right. As you can see, the dog is made up of basic shapes. This is a good lesson for younger kids (ages 4 and up) although younger children may have a harder time with the shapes if they have not been exposed much to art.

A more appropriate age for this lesson is ages 6 and up, as most kids by this time have developed a sense of shape and developed some drawing skills by this time. I would try the lesson with any age child though, because you don't know what kids are capable of unless you at least try a lesson with them. Your dog can also be modified to have floppy ears, a shorter or longer tail, and any background elements can be added that the kids want to put in their "designer dogs" habitat.

Cute elements that can be drawn in or cut and added in newspaper include:

  • a dog bowl
  • a dog house
  • bones
  • clouds
  • a sun
  • grass
  • a party hat on your dog
  • a crown on the dogs head
  • balloons
  • hearts instead of spots on the dogs body
  • a collar
  • a leash
  • a kitty or puppy friend

When doing the lesson, brainstorm with your kids what things they want to add for their dog. You would be surprised at what clever things they will come up with to add!

My finished "Designer Dog"

This is the final outcome of my "designer dog". This simple step by step instruction can help you draw your own cartoon dog too!
This is the final outcome of my "designer dog". This simple step by step instruction can help you draw your own cartoon dog too! | Source

Another art lesson: Learn how to draw this other cute "designer dog"

If you enjoyed this art lesson on how to draw a simple cartoon dog, please also check out my other hubs on art. The dog to the right is another simple dog you can draw using the same techniques we used here. Lesson for how to draw a simple dog with oil pastels

Have fun and remember, there is no limit to your imagination. Like I always tell my art students, we are all artists and art does not have to be perfect!

Enjoy your designer dogs!

(Dorsi Diaz is an artist/art educator and freelance writer that lives in the San Francisco Bay Area)

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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks Paul. Since I'm teaching so many art classes now I plan on doing more of my own lessons and making them into hubs. A lot of people have been enjoying them and I hope it inspires people to try their hand at drawing! And Paul, you can draw this too! Like I tell the kids, they are all artists. And I once met 2 men that had just taken up painting in their 60's, and their paintings were incredible. It's never too late to start drawing and doing art. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Paul Edmondson profile image

    Paul Edmondson 

    5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

    I really like these how to draw hubs. They are super fun to look at for someone that can't draw and really good for kids:)

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @DIY) Thanks, glad you enjoyed the hub. DIY, you could draw one yourself, customize the colors for his nursery and hang it in a frame! Then when he gets old enough you could have him do one and hang them side by side...

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    5 years ago

    This is a great fun project, with simple shapes...and, you laid it out very well with those pictures! While my newborn is currently 3 months old, this is the sort of thing I look forward to doing with him once he is just a little more developed. Thanks for the great hub!


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