Drawing a puppy is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable pastimes. It can be incredibly relaxing and calming, and can bring a feeling of joy to your life. All you need is a bit of patience and willingness to learn, and you can easily create a life-like picture of your furry best friend. Here’s a simple eight-step guide to help you draw a beautiful puppy from as little as five minutes to hour-long session of sketching.
Step 1: Collect Your Supplies
You don’t need an artist’s studio to begin your masterpiece. Of course, you’ll need paper and pencil, but don’t forget an eraser. Different types of erasers are available, so choose one that best fits your needs. In addition, you can use a kneaded eraser to create unique shading and textures.
Step 2: Sketch the Basic Structure
Start by drawing a few circles, squares, and ovals to form the rough structure of your puppy. Here it’s important to draw lightly so that you can easily erase any mistakes. Draw the puppy slightly larger than it will be when you’re done, as you can always draw over the lines and reduce it later.
Step 3: Attach the Ears
Now is the fun part. Adjust the ear shapes to your desired look and draw the complete shape. The position of the ears gives the drawing personality and a sense of life. It’s important to make sure the placement of the ears gives your puppy the expression you’re looking for.
Step 4: Add the Details
While keeping your lines light, add the finer details, such as the nose, eyes, and mouth. Take your time here, being mindful of symmetry, as this can give your drawing definition and character. Don’t forget the paw pads and fur, as it makes a huggable pup much more realistic. And, don’t forget about the tail. This will become the star of the show!
Step 5: Shade and Color
Once you’re satisfied with your portrait, you can deepen some of the lines to bring out the features and add shadows where appropriate. This can really make your puppy come alive! You can also add a few pops of color, such as a pink nose and patches of brown to make your pup unique.
Step 6: Make Final Adjustments
At this stage, you can use an eraser one last time to go over the lines and flatten them out. Then, with a black pen, add one final touch of realism with e few short strokes, such as whiskers, fur, and ‘eyelashes’. Be careful not to press too hard; this can create an unnatural effect.
Step 7: Add Texture
Light outlining of fur different parts of the body can add incredible texture and definition to your pup. Use a dry brush and very light and barely visible strokes to create the look of fur. You can also add some fur marks near the tail and around the face to create the look of a puppy’s fur.
Step 8: Admire Your Artwork
Now that all your hard work is done, sit back, relax, and enjoy your work. You’ve created a one-of-a-kind puppy, and there’s no one else in the world with this exact artwork. Well done! Take a few pictures of your drawing and share with your friends and family. Enjoy your new masterpiece!