How to Draw a Dog Step by Step – Tutorial for Beginners 

 August 6, 2020

By  Jeffrey Knightson

Learn how to draw a dog step by step for beginners. This easy to draw dog is built on just a few different shapes. We have some semi-circles, a few squares, rectangles, and a triangle. Here are the shapes we will use. There are quite a few, but they are all very simple.
Shapes used to draw a dog step by step

Whoa, that's a lot of shapes!

How to draw a dog step by step? Assemble the parts.

It might be hard to believe that we can draw a nice picture of a dog just starting with those simple shapes. But more than that, we can draw almost anything by breaking it down into simple shapes.

When starting out we can stick with basic shapes, but as you get more experience you can start using more complex shapes, even 3D shapes. That will let you draw things from your imagination at any angle.

Why do we use shapes first, instead of just looking at a picture and drawing? The shapes give us structure. This way we don't have to worry about running out of room on our paper, or the head being too big for the body, or something else being out of proportion. We can look at our shapes and get an overall feel for the picture before we commit to a drawing.

First, let's use the squares to make the head and body. When you draw these shapes to start out, keep the drawing light so you can erase them later. These are just guides to help us draw the completed picture. I used colorful shapes so they're easy to see here, but you just need to lightly draw them on your paper. You can see an outline version in the free PDF available below.

Use the squares to make the head and body

Draw some squares like this to start the head and body.

Next, let's use two semi-circles and two rectangles to make the back leg. You can change the sizes of all these shapes to make a different type of dog.

Add the shapes to make the dog's back leg.

Put the back leg in like this. You can make each part longer or shorter, depending on the type of dog.

The next step is to attach the front leg. It's similar to the back leg, but straighter.

Add the shapes to make the dog's front leg.

Put the front leg in like this. Again, you can make each part longer or shorter, depending on the type of dog.

Is it starting to look like a dog yet? Let's add in some final key parts. We need a mouth. Some dogs have a long snout, others have a short snout. The ears and tail as well, some are stubby, pointy, or floppy. So be creative and experiment

Add the shapes for the tail, mouth and ear.

Add the shapes for the tail, mouth, and ear.

Time to draw

There we go! That's looking better already. Now that we see how to assemble the shapes to make our dog we can draw it. All we have to do is trace around the outline of our shapes and we will have a great looking dog. Of course, adding a few embellishments can go a long way in making it your own work of art!

As you draw the outline, try to avoid too many straight lines. Practice making long strokes with your pencil instead of scribbling and scratching out an unsteady line. Make swooping curves to connect the shapes together. It will boost your confidence and bring your drawing to life!

Now is the perfect time to add in some details like an eye, a nose and some furry lines.

Begin to draw the dog by tracing the shapes.

Trace around the shapes to draw the dog. Try to use long swooping lines.

Now we erase the guide lines from our boxes and we are left with a great looking dog. You can draw the legs on the other side of the dog to make it look more realistic. Just duplicate the shapes and lines you used for the nearest legs. I drew in a collar and a floppy tongue for my happy dog.

Finished step-by-step drawing of a dog

Add some color

All that's left to do is color it in and hang it on your refrigerator! I hope you had fun drawing this dog step by step. It's amazing what you can draw starting from a few simple shapes. Keep your pencil moving and I look forward to seeing what else you are able to create.

Colored drawing of a dog for beginners

Download a free PDF with instructions and a place to draw your own dog.


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animals, beginner, dog


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