Drawing Tutorial - How to Draw a Cute Dog (Ages 7 and Up)

It's been a while since I've done a drawing tutorial...here is one of my favorites.  This little dog drawing is just great to do over and over again!  You can make different types of dogs, dress them up, make them different colors, play with layering crayons etc.  This drawing is easy for a 10 year old, but challenging for ages 7 and under.

Here are some other drawing tutorials so you can start combining drawings:

Have Fun!!!

What you'll need
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpie
  • Colored Pencils/Crayons/Markers
Did you Know:
Here are some interesting dog facts I found on Flat Farm Boarding Kennel:to share with the kiddos while you are helping them draw this dog:

  • The Greyhound is the worlds fastest dog, and can run up to 45 miles per hour.
  • Two dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.
  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
  • A Puppy is born blind, deaf and toothless.
  • 90% of the first week of a puppies life is spent sleeping and 10% eating.
  • Draw with a very light touch - so light that when you erase, you can't see a mark. (test out a light touch before you begin drawing, by making a pencil mark and then try and erase)
  • The red lines are the part of the new drawing.
  • The dashes are what should be erased.
  • Place paper vertical.  (Note horizontal is often used for peaceful scenes - hence, landscape; vertical is used for portraits)

Step 1:
  • Draw a large oval about a 1/2 of the way down from the top of the page (you can tilt the paper sideways to get the angle of the oval). This will be the body.  The placement and size can drive how long or short the legs will be.

  • Draw a smaller circle at the peak of the larger oval. This will be the head.

  • Draw the lines on the head where the eyes, nose and mouth will go (if you tilt the head, you'll want the lines to tilt with the head)

  • Draw two sticks where the two front legs will go, and ovals at the bottom of the sticks.

  • Draw an oval at the base of the large oval.

  • Draw a line for the tail (do you want a long tail or a short tail?)

Points to Emphasize:

  • Look for the shapes in things, draw in the shapes first, then refine the drawing.  Example: Look at a spoon, what do you see? An oval with a long rectangle attached, draw that connect the two and round the end of the rectangle). That's the basics of drawing.

Step 2:
  • Start adding some shape to the head (jaw line and jowls).

  • Add the eyes, nose and mouth

  • Add the tops of the ears. (do you want pointy ears, or floppy ears?)

  • Add the outer parts of the legs.

  • Erase the areas with the dotted lines shown above

Points to Emphasize:
  • There should be one width of the eye between the eyes.

  • There should be one height of the eye between the top of the nose and the bottom of the eye.

  • The size of the nose should be about the same size as the eyes.

Step 3
  • Add the rest of the  shape to the ears

  • Add eyebrows

  • Add the shoulder

  • Add the bottom part of the tail

  • Add the leg that folds underneath large oval.

  • Erase the dotted lines shown in the picture above.
Step 4:
  • Add some details to the face (the eye lids, cheek and jawl definition)

  • Add a cute dog collar (or add a little heart pindent with the dogs name on it, or a little bone etc)

  • Add details to the feet

  • Erase the dotted lines shown in the picture above.

Step 5:

  •  Add a little hump on the large oval for the dog's back haunches

  • Add the circles in the eyes

  • Add the top of the nose

  • Add a little detail to the bow (if you made a bow)

  • Add the spots (if you want spots)

  • Erase the dotted lines showing in the picture above.

If you are using markers or makers to color in the dog, outline the drawing with a sharpie. If you are using color pencils, try

Have fun with these details! 


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