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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      1 Front View Structure


    • 3.

      2 Front View Guide Lines


    • 4.

      3 Front View Face Shapes


    • 5.

      3.1 Front View Adding Details


    • 6.

      4 Front View Rendering


    • 7.

      5 Side View Structure


    • 8.

      6 Side View Guidelines


    • 9.

      7 Side View Face Shapes


    • 10.

      8 Side View Rendering


    • 11.

      Drawing Dogs from Life


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About This Class

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to construct and draw a dog faces, no previous skills are required. There are so many different types of dogs, and they each have their own personality. 

I provide you with the basic steps to drawing any dog, but I also go in-depth and walk you through my start-to-finish process of drawing a dog portrait. 

By the end of the class you will be able to draw a dog's face from the front view and the side view, and you will be able to draw them from your imagination. 

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Joshua Johnson

Freelance Illustrator


I'm a freelance illustrator currently residing in Jacksonville, Florida, having previously lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico - Austin, TX - Pittsburg, KS. I draw traditionally with pen and ink and then digitatize and manipulate with Photoshop and a drawing tablet to add color, alter composition, and finalize my pieces. I'm fairly new to the industry, coming from a music teaching background, so my client list is small, but I have done several personal projects over the last two years (see my finished portfolio on my website) and sell these items using the online marketplace as well as local vendor events. 

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1. Introduction: Hello. My name is Pigeon, and I will be helping you learn how to draw dogs in this class. I will show you how to construct a dog's face so that you can draw them from your imagination. Or you can drop from a photo reference more confidently. Since there are so many different types of dogs, we will briefly cover the main types of head structures. And then I will provide you with references so that you can study for I will be taking you through the process of drawing from the photo reference. Step by step. You can follow along to learn the process and then use the same steps to drop from your own reference. Either you have a dog or two, or you have friends or family that have a dog that you can use a model and then you can use your completed drawing. It's a gift for that. Everybody likes pictures of their dogs. Just look in the energy. By the end of this class, you will be able to draw a dog's face from the front view and the side, and you will be able to draw them from your imagination. I hope you will join me for this class drawing 2. 1 Front View Structure: this lesson, we're gonna be drawing a dog from the front view. So to be able to do this, we're gonna learn some of the basic shapes that make up a dog's face to start with. We're just gonna draw a circle and then we're going to put a line right to the middle of it . Next, we're gonna put a vertical line that goes from the top of the circle down past. Now what we've set up is our head. She The war is on the line is where the eyes will go for the line and then in the middle we have the center line, which will but features on both sides best. We've got the muscle, which is the nose and mouth part of the head. And we're going to just make an oval shape that starts just beneath the eye line and extends down below are a certain shape to make it look more realistic. What we're going to do is we're going to flatten out this top part about this circle. Then we're going to you cut down diagonally, and then we're going to connect down to our cousin shoes. Now what we can do is go in place features. We can start with eyes so but when I on that island and then you want to place the other eye the same distance from the center line as that first, because if you put it too close to the line closer than the other, I another said it looks a little weird. So you want to try and place both eyes the same distance, same size Oh, from that center. Next, we're gonna place the nose now where we place the nose differs between dog types and also depends on if the dog looking directly at us or if it's looking a little bit up or down if the dogs looking directly asked and the nose is going to be up closer to the top of the muscle shape. But if the dog spaces down a little bit on the nose could be farther down the muzzle shape . So it's up to you where you place the notes and the nose shape is just going to start as 1/2 circle on time, and then it just comes down to a point, so it's kind of like a triangle, but one side topside is heard now below it, we're gonna put mouth shape. We're just going to draw a straight line from the nose and then a little aeroshot. Now for the mouth. On the side of the muscle are the cheeks. And so this mouth shape is going to go all the way to the outside of the muscles. There we have not. Lastly, we're gonna place the years again and on the type of dog or what years you're going. So I'll give you a couple examples of years. First type of year we can have is appointing year and the years we're going to start right where the top part of that head means the angle one. And then we can like that and it kind of curves down. There is one type of you and then last thing to finish off his neck and depending upon the dog, How much for it has he could have wide next or skinny. So for the eyes, the eyes dog, the top part of the eye, it's going to be curved, like that kind of cuts to circle the eyeball off on the inside from head. We've got this straight line. Then the teared up to 1/4 of the I, and then it just curves back up to that. The inside the eye. Unlike humans, the people in Iris take up the full I. So we don't really see any of the white of the eye. So we're going to start by just making a circle or a highlight, because usually there's a white spot of the eye where it catches the light. Then behind that, I were going to do the dark center of the eye and then for the rest, the I we're just gonna lightly shaded There you have dogs are so you can do that on your talk like this. Next for the nose for in time knows that it comes. The nostrils come in from the outside shape. Yes. Curving from the outside shape. Okay, Have a dark little spot there. And then this bottom part of the nose there's this crease that you could really see. And then if you want, you can shave. Like so There you have. It knows on the mouth. Some dogs have really loose cheeks, so you could have really drooped down like that. And then here you have the bottom job that could be one mouth. Some dogs don't have such droopy cheeks. So for that you just dio more of a flat hero. Yeah, it comes up, and then for the bottom, it could be straight across and heard It's up to you. Let's take one more mouth to be open. So the top is this going to be the same on? And then we can draw a ton shape Thomas hanging out, and then we connect. Just the bottom goes like that. That would be like Thomas. Hey, sometimes there's tea that you can see on the sides. So there's the mouth, got your eyes, nose and mouth. And then, lastly for the years, some variations of the years you've got drew years. It's a true years. They come from that diagonal side again, go out flat like this on something like this, where they pulled over like that. Some dogs here kind of pointing, and then they droop over a little bit. Just the tip of the year folds over. Some have large point years like this and again just starts from those day on all sides. Some dogs have really drew years like basset hounds, where did you go away? Way below shape that. And then you've got some, like great Danes, German pictures that have very point years. So here's you can make up your own shapes. They come in all different sizes. Okay, now another placement of the muzzle. Some dogs just bulldogs will start with circle for the head. Cut it in half with the eye line. The vertical line. Eight. After the muzzle on some dogs like pugs, Bulldogs, the muzzle line will actually go above the the muzzle. Take up most of that head circle, and then it won't go very far below the circle at all. Then we can place eyes on the line, and they're kind of cut off by the muzzle skin. Go that from the eyes. Next year, the nose. It's usually pretty high up on and then for the mouth. They've got those loose cheese to go away and for the years, well, flat top head. Those angles coming down that way. We know where to put our ears, and they have these droopy, but that's a different type of muscle that you do, and when you're drawing from your imagination, that muscle could really be any shape so you can just make your circle, get your center, I line, and then you can make it as big as you want. If you want more of a cartoon dog and then you get a place that knows wherever on that center line, do it way down below. Here, mouth just comes in. Does the edge of the muzzle shape have a tongue hanging? You place the eyes on the line. It's in years, years, years, years circle. But now let's do a really long skate Dog in a place knows no years, and then we go back details on this side of the eyes. So and then I always go back in and erase those guidelines. So, no. And then the next video, I'll show you how to drop from a photo reference. And then so your learn about some of these other lines that go around face that you had to make a list 3. 2 Front View Guide Lines: for this lesson. All you need this paper and a pencil eraser, which can either be attached to your pencil or it could just be any kind of eraser will work. We're going to be drawing a front view of the dog's face for this lesson. I chose the face of a Labrador retriever, and I've got the picture pulled up beside me that I'm looking at. While I'm drawing this, we'll start by drawing in the basic head shape at the very top of the head. It's just straight flat. Line it on the side. We've got Daigle lines coming down. You'll notice that I'm not drawing where the years go well, and the years in the next step. For now, I'm just looking for that basic head shape, which surrounds the school. We got the top of the head, two diagonals on side. Then it comes down from those diagonals from head, and I'm just going to draw a straight line about where the bottom of the mouth is. No, that shape here. I'm not looking for an exact contour line. All the details to go around this head right now. I'm just looking for proportions and making sure that the head looks like a dog shape. So when I'm checking for is the wit of the to make sure that the dog's head doesn't look too skinny here too large, and you don't need to take out a ruler and measure. You're just using your eyes to tell what looks normal. You can see that this kind of looks my skin here on something like this would look too large, just using my eyes to tell about how wide the head should be. I'm also checking for the length of to make sure that head is not too long and to make sure that too short all right, now that we've got our basic head shape played in, we're going to add a center line. Whenever the dogs looking directly at us, the center line is going to run directly down the middle of our head shape, straight up and down. What this center line tells us is what direction the dog is looking, whether the dog is looking straight at us to the left or to the right. If the center line is closer to the left side of the face that is telling us the dog was looking in that direction. And if our center lawyer is closer to the right side, he's looking over to the right. So for the front view that were drawing the dogs looking right at us, we're going to put the center line right down the middle. Next, we're going to add in an eye line, and this is just going to show us how far from the top of the head the eyes are again. You don't need rulers to measure your just looking, seeing what looks normal to you. So start, just gonna add a line. Look back up my reference and make sure that my eyes are too close to the top of my head and not too far down. Next, we're going to add the lip line, and the lip line is going to be even upside down the shape. It's pretty low down head shape upside down. Not gonna continue it on, draw the rest of the mouth. I'll do that in the next step. For now, I'm just checking where on this center line, how far up or down that line is now, with this line tells us, is whether the dog is looking up or down. If the lip line is closer to the eye line, this tells us that the dog is looking straight at us or up, man, if that the line is close to the bottom of the facing or touching the bottom of the face and shape, this is telling us the dog is looking down. And lastly, in this step, we're going to add where the noses. So the bottom of the nose just put it right there. See how far away from the body from the lip line it is, then the top of the nose. Not gonna draw the whole numbers, just the bottom and the top again, just looking for proportions to make sure that everything looks about in the right place. There's no exact placement for these because all dogs have different looking faces. And if you wanted to come up with dog faces on your own, you can always play around with these proportions. You could put the island way up to the top on the mouth, slide way down bottom, and then knows line could be anywhere in between, so you can play around with these proportions and see what kind of dog face shapes. You come up. So there we have our head lead in and now we're ready to add so features. 4. 3 Front View Face Shapes: as we add in the features, we're not looking for the specific details. We're just going to be laying in basic shapes to make sure that the proportions are right and that they look correct. So we're going to start with the eyes, and I'm just going to use small circles and the eyes are both going to be on our. So I'll start by adding one I and checking to see how far from the center of the face about that I ISS now whenever the dogs looking directly at us, both eyes will be the same distance from the center line. You'll notice if I place one I closer to the center line. On the other, the dog's head looks a little funny. So whenever that center line is in the middle of a head shape, I want to make sure that both of my eyes are the same distance from that center. That looks more natural. So there I have my two eyes. Next will move down to the nose. We've already got the top of our bottom knows lady in. So what we really need is just a sign that knows they kind of angles up here, then go straight. Then it curves around again. It's OK if these lines are exactly right. We're just making sure that we get the heights and the wits of the nose. Correct. In Step X will move on down to the mouth. We'll start at where our lip line waas. And this time we will continue on around ad in that lose skin that actually goes outside of the head shape here. And then it connects up farther up head shape because that loose skin of this lip hangs over our heads. And in this step, we want to show we're going to do that for the other side as well comes down here. Then it occurs up and then the next with our head shape a little farther out there. And then we can also add in the bottom. Lip shape just angled down straight across there. There we have with mouth. The last thing in this step is we're gonna add year shapes. The years connect from these diagonal lines that we created in our head shape. They're not going to start up here on the top of the head. We're gonna start from these diagonals. They're gonna come over, and then I'm checking to see about how far they hang down. And they're just about where the nose ISS. It curves over to meet the top. There one here, we'll do the same in the next. It goes back down to the same spot and curves up next over like that, it started to look more like a dog. Now it's not realistic, but that's what the next step will help us get it to look like. What this step also helps you do is kind of memorize where all the features go face. And if you're drawing your own dogs from memory, you can move these shapes around to create dog characters of your own. 5. 3.1 Front View Adding Details: Now that we have our basic face shapes drawn, the next step is to add light layout lines for where the details are going to be. These layout lines are going to show areas where the value changes, such as going from light to dark or the edge of a shape, such as the folds of the ear or the eyebrows. So I'm just going to move around from each basic shape, lightly sketching in some lines that will help me to add the details in our next step. Let's start with the left eye. So first, I'm noticing that you can see the full roundness of the eye on the bottom. Then in the bottom right corner there is this skin is cutting off the circle. And then it goes up to the top of the eye. And then it goes past our I circle. Next we can show where the folds of the skin go over the i. And then we can also show this dark little patches skin and just lightly sketch an outline for that and comes down like that. And we have this almost straight line across the nose. And then it goes up towards the other. I just like it did on that side. So we're kind of mirroring both sides. Going back to this, I got the skin fold that's come in down around where an eyebrow would be. Then appear as well. So you can get this dark shape. The sun is hitting the forehead here and then it ends there. So I'm going to put a line to show that that's where it turns to dark. And then same thing over here. The sun is hitting this area. And I'm going to show a line to show where it changes dark over on here. K underneath the AI. We've got this cheekbone. And as it turns into the skin fold under the cheekbone. Let's move over to the other eye. So we've got the roundness on the bottom of the eye. And we've got the scan going over the eye. And then going past the edge of the I got our skin fold over the top of our eyeball and showing the edge of that dark patch. And got that bone showing through at the top of the eyebrow. Next we'll show this just like we had here, the cheek, but it's not going to look exactly the same. Skin kinda goes right with that bone there. Next, I'm going to show the roundness of the muzzle area by putting that curved line here. And it goes on down on this side as well. Then that goes into our cheek area here. And do the same thing on the other side where it comes down around and those curves and you can kind of see where it's lighter here. And then this area is going to be darker. So I'm going to show where those two edges me. And we'll show the roundness. Year. What are the whiskers come out? All right, next let's take a look at our nose. So first we've got this area of light changing to dark here at the top of the nodes. I'm going to show that with a line. And then same thing on the other side. Next we've got the dark nostrils, which we can just show with a basic circle, and we can go back in and find more little changes later. Got our straight line down there. And where the nose meets the middle. And we can do our nostril on the other side. And then where the top of the nose meets the front of the nose, we can break that up. With a few lines coming down around the cheek showing that curve where the wrinkles are at, dark and upper edges. And show where there's a little full down here. Okay, let's move on to the ear. So the first thing I'm noticing is this big fold that's coming down here. So it's going to start at the top. It's going to go a little bit above where I had made my basic shape. And then it's gonna come down like that. And I've got this fold over here. I can show where There's a little shadow here on the bottom of that year. I can just put a line there where that changes from dark to light. And then we've got this year curving over. And then connecting to the head shape and move it over to the other ear. Got that same thing where year is. Big fold, fold down here, curving towards the bottom of the ear. So we've moved around all of our basic shapes. We've done our eyes, nose or mouth, or ears. Next I'm going to just lay in a bit of the area of where the neck and upper body is going to be. So on this left side, just kinda draw a straight line to show the edge of the neck is then the fur or his shoulder is this gonna do a little little edge like that? And then same thing on this side of the neck comes down from about where the ear is. Comes down and goes out like this. And I'm just doing some straight lines. You can refine them in AD curves later. Just lightly sketch it in, lay and output the details. Go back in and erase that guideline that we had, the big T-shape. And now we're ready to go back in and add values for details and finish up the drawing. 6. 4 Front View Rendering: Now for the final step, we're going to fully render our dog face. So what this means is we're going to add in darks and lights and a little bit of for detail . So the first thing I want to start with is adding the dark's look at my reference and see where my darkest spots are. And I'm just going to go in and shaving that. So we'll start with this area under the year. And it kind of goes up a little bit on the top of the head, and we've got where the year falls away. Doesn't quite yet. So she down here in the long side to you? Definitely. She here, which under dark spots at this side of the it was here that goes up into the forehead in the eye. Okay, for okay. Then for the I, I'm going to draw a little circle that for the highlight, and I would draw a little bit bigger circle with people now going dark in the people, but leaves the highlight white. Then I'm going to shade around there. Good life. Okay. Did you looking for my darks? I've got this dark spot over here by what this is. Do the same thing I did with the other. I drop a little circle with highlight in the same spot, then all right, people, the I and you'll notice that the dogs eyes differ from humans. Eyes in that the Cubillan iris take up the full I eyeball. You don't really see much of the white of their eyes like you do on humans. So pretty much that whole I hold is going to be shaded. All right, continuing with darks. Got this here around the side knows pretty much asshole underside that I going up to the chief. Sorry. Here. Down with Knows we're gonna darkening nostrils. There's no life. Get in there. This oh, spotted from part our house under part lift. Let's start line then this whole side of the body and a lot of the year are going to the dark Shame, no, even this year. A little bit side of the year. So we can tell. Tell where that your starts rest over the medium lines. We've got top of the forehead here, actually refine. I got this pretty much the whole right side of the head. It's going because the light is coming from this side, and it's not getting around that side. - She cares. Okay, now, you can actually leave it at this point. But what I'm going to do is I'm going to use my finger, or you could use a napkin. We're going to actually rub in the colors that they blend in a little better. I'm just going to rub the entire what this does. It just kind of evens out all of those colors and lines that didn't kind of get the soft finish. Okay. And now it's where the erasers can either use the eraser on the end of your pencil. Or you can use a separate eraser, Whatever works for you. Now, what we're gonna do is we're gonna go in and we're gonna take out those highlights. So those really bright areas of the for So I see this cheek line here is very right. And then we've got part of the forehead here, here, right on the top, bridge of the nose to nose around the nose on that side. But only a year old full of the year. For the cool thing about using your eraser at this point is when you erase away into the lines, you can actually get it to look a little like the texture of the firm gets for lines are there, right Here we go. And then when you do, rub with your finger or tissue or miss paper, sometimes what it will do is it'll lighten up your darks so you can always go back in and darken up those areas where it's really dark. And also what you can do here is you can start going in and adding a little for texture. So on the side of the neck, where's for reaches? Out from the side? Do some for lines there on like on years. Here, your time years. Hear about this from the nose and then in the very light areas you could do. If you airlines as well give it some texture. We're just going around looking different spots that you can fill in folds that you could make darker. And, of course, if there's an area that you want to lighten up knowing, go back with racers lined it up. If it's too light, just rub it in, make it medium shade, and you can keep going with this for a so long as you want until it looks as realistic as you want. Or you can stop whenever you feel that it looks done to you. This specific dog was a Labrador retriever, but feel free to use the same steps with any dog. And it's just about where you place the features and how big or small the features are that really show the difference between dogs. But the steps will be the same in the next video. We'll go on to draw side view of which is much different from when the dog is looking directly at us, and for that will actually need to look at the school of the dog a little bit so that we can understand how this shape of the head has made. 7. 5 Side View Structure: in this lesson, we will be drawing the dog from the side view. This poses some challenges in the shape of the head and the way that the features are placed inside that shape. So help us, we're going to first look at a dog school here we have a dog school from the side view. They come in three main types short, medium and long. The scientific terms for these are brackets. If Alec for short mezzos, a phallic for medium and dolly goes a ballot for law, so phallic just means the head and the letters in front just referred to the size. So now you can impress your friends. The difference in the size is is mostly related to the muscle, which is the area from the edge of the I to the tip of the job. This head shape from the I to the back of the head stays relatively the same, which is helpful for when we're drawing different kinds of dogs from our imagination. So let's say that we wanted to draw a short dog school, so that would be a pub or a Chihuahua or a box. We're gonna start with just a simple circle. Then we want to tell which direction our dog is looking. I'm gonna start by having my dog look to the lab. Now, the key landmark that the school provides is this area right here where the head shape meets the muzzle. This is called the Stop, and you'll notice that it is about 1/4 of the weight down the school. It's not appeared the top of the head, but 1/4 of the way down. So on our circle, we just drew, we're going to go fourth of the way down and we're gonna put a little mark there. And this is the stop, and this tells us where to extend our notion now on short Dog's nose doesn't extend very far past the head, but the lower jaw does extend farther past on the nose. So we're going to have our mouth is actually kind of angling up here, and then we just connect the tip of that lower jaw all the way back to our attention. And so there we have a basic layout of a short dog school. Now let's say that we wanted to make a medium size Well, we start with that same circle. We go forth of the way down and at our stop, But this time we're just going to extend that muzzle out further on medium schools, the nose is farther than the bottom job. So we're just going to curve it back to that end Shape doesn't come out from the nose like it did on the short dog school. And then for the long we do the same thing. Make our circle at her stop. And then, of course, just make a longer knows line and then curve about. So here we have the three main types we've got short, Yeah, in the long. So the next step, then is placing the eye, nose, mouth and the ears those face shapes. So let's start by adding up. So when we're drawing the eye, we're just going to go in from that stop to make it. Now, the way that the skin folds over the eyeball, we're not actually going to draw a circle where the I goes Well, we're going to do is draw a little arrow shaped, and then we're gonna connect inside that hero with 1/2 circle shape. So we made our error shape, and then we didn't connect the ends. We went in a little bit to make that circle shape, and this is what the eye looks like from the side. So then we could do the same thing on to other dogs. We find the stop. We go in just a little bit aero shape and then half circle shape and the same thing for a long era shape. And when you play around with this and move that I shape to different spots of head, you'll notice if we move the I farther back on the head, how it's not looking so much like a dog. But when you're creating dog from your imagination, you can make the eyes much larger. You can just do circles for eyes, my cartoon eyes, the more realistic you want, the closer you want to resemble this. But it's up to you on how you drop. So then the next thing we're gonna add in his nose now the nose we can just draw 1/2 circle that cuts off the end of our must, and you'll notice on the short dog that the nose is up close to that stop and not down here at the tip, but on medium and long dogs, it is all the way out. Next, we're going to add mouth. Unlike humans, the mouth is not in the middle. Since the skin on the cheeks droops down, the actual mouth line will be much lower. So on Bulldogs, it actually starts up here at the tip of the job, comes down and then goes up into the head like that on medium dogs. Depending on how droopy the skin is here, it can come down lower than our head shape. Or it could just be even with our head shape. And then it just comes up like so and then the same thing with our long school troops down and comes up a little bit. And it doesn't usually go past that. I course when you're making it from your imagination, you can go however far in that you want. But if you wanted to be more realistic, usually stops right at that head shape, which is right under the eye. We just have to add the ears so you can look at actual dogs reference to tell the different types of years. But I'll give you a few examples for this short one we could do pulled off years, which start about a little past halfway on that head circle. Then they extend back. They're kind of Truby. That kind of folds over that handshake. And there we have droopy but point years on this medium dog. You do like a Labrador retriever again. We're gonna go just a little past halfway on that circle. That's where are your connects and then have it go back, and then we're gonna have it a little bit like that, okay? And then for the long one, we'll do some point years, so we're gonna start just a little past half way. You don't have to draw that line that cuts a circle, just eyeball it all right about there. And then it's going to go straight up in the front and then in the back. It does this curving, and it doesn't have to end where the circle is because the circle is not exactly how the school shape waas just to get us in the right area. So we can actually go back past the head shape because then we'll be adding in lastly neckline. So our neckline will come from those years. And then on the bottom part, it comes from usually right under that I with mouth ends and it can go back. They go straight down, kind of curve a little bit, but it starts right there under that I So that's how you start drawing the dog from the side of you. 8. 6 Side View Guidelines: now I'm gonna take you through the steps of drawing a dog from a photo reference dog that I chose is the docks and also known as a wiener dog. We're going to start with a circular shape of the head and then we're gonna add muscle to it. In the previous video when we started with a circle, we're going to adjust that a little bit based on the shape of the dog's head that we're drawing from the reference photo, I can tell that the head is a little more old shape and it is a perfect circle. So when I draw in Dad first head shape, I'm going to make it a little bit longer. Then it is tall notice that I'm drawing with side of my pencil. This helps me keep my lines soft and light so I could go back. Race them later. It also helps me create smooth curve shakes rather than when you're using the point of your pencil. Your tendency is to make little hatching lines. So to prevent this, just turn it on the side, you know, just drawing that oh shape of the head. Now it's not the full head this is just going to where the eyes and the eyebrows and then where that stop it. So the next part I'm going to look for the stop that area where the muzzle meets the head shape and it is fairly high up on my circle. It's not too far down right about there. And it's not a very sharp stop, either. That forehead doesn't come up like that and go out like this. It's just a very gradual transition. So you got the top of the circle and then stop. And now coming around to my muzzle flat there, then angles down just a little bit. We got from part of the nose now back under and connecting with our handshake. It doesn't have to be exact. This is just the guy lines that are gonna help its place the features and then draw the details. Now from here, I'm going to add my next. And so my neck starts right about where the muzzle connects with. Stop. I'm going. I heard that back like that Down the bottom, the shoulder there in the back of the head. We're gonna come down just a little ways. We're gonna back just do a straight line for now. Later we can add all the little transitions and bones are out. So now we have our basic head shape. We're checking to make sure that it's not too tall, not too long, making sure head connects with the neck. The right spots. I don't need to use a ruler to check all this. Just using my eyes to see if it looks about the next step we're going to add in the futures . So we'll start with locate the stop and then we're gonna go in a little ways. But our little aero shape, where that ice is, then on front side of the arrow, then we can add 1/2 circle. And I'm checking for how big it is in relation to the head and actually, every way, make it just a little bit bigger. Go. Okay, Then we'll move down with knows for the knows. We're just gonna find the approximate area that looks about right and then actually connects a little bit. Knows a little bit that for the mouth come down here, animals, that and it doesn't make it all the way back to the I because the cheek is nice and loose, so that fold is in a way back as far as it is on some dogs. Just right about there. Almost two that heads years. In the years we're going to start by connecting in the back of the head. Teoh curve down. It goes down past the bottom of the job. Thank you or worse, just past almost in between half way point in the back, we'll get other here on the other side. You can also see I got now I'm using to check my reference photo and see. And this mouth needs to be a little higher, just a little bit for your job. Pull up a little bit. Notice that I moved it away from my original guideline. That's okay. That's what the guy minus four just kind of get you in the right spot. Then you refine it as you go along. So there we have our face shape and features added in, and it's starting to look like a dog. So next we're gonna take further and added, It's and details to all these features 9. 7 Side View Face Shapes: So now I'm gonna turn my pencil and use like regular. Now, I'm gonna start up here with the I. I noticed that the skin cuts off that aero shape so it doesn't exactly come to appointment Kind of curves are there at the tip, then on the bottoms line, it's gonna go past as the circle gonna make that or of the I'll tear ducts. Also, we have this extra fold of skin. Here it comes like that in the top eyelid back into the head, looked at see the full of it back there, curves down, almost got old here from the edge. You that I out, it doesn't exactly fully connect there inside. And But that circle and it does continue on down here. See that circle from the top of the island? There. Next. We've got she underneath this I if you remember from the school we had that cheek bone goes right underneath that I that's what showing through right there. Skins holding under that cheap god where skin meets the top of the job on it is higher than the cheap skin because cheats skin hangs down over the top of the top. That that this cheek muscle here down here and it around to go back up to the eye. Here. We've got this eyebrow shape, our nose there. You can see a little bit. It's in the back. See what that brown peeps out there really straight there. Then when it gets to this dark part of the nose, there's a little bump. Ankles. Darryl just gets the tip of the nose rounded that this again. It's not exactly following my guideline. Okay? I can always go back. Reese, That guy, I I started light. Now I'm refining, chipping away, getting the details in to make a look more realistic from the top of it, their forehead ISS back we go now up to the knows we're gonna do where that nostril Linus. It starts with a little circle here, and it's going to lots of lines coming down to the mouth line underside that underneath we've got who's full of skin back into the one of that. You can see that she muscle is overlapping. That bottom job. These lines going up underneath that upper bump here, love dogs do. It was a little there show that now work my way back to the years comes things here back here with here connects only inside engine years. A little sticker than the middle of years. So you got this increase that run this ridge runs along? Imagine that you there bottom of the year kind of comes to edge there sharper. And it was It was a nice perv over here. Now comes to stop and it goes Attack. Who doesn't go all the way to the engine like that? And then down here on the bottom, like with this ridge? We've got that same thing here. Do you hear? Having some little bumps is inside. Got that ridge as well, Nick. Get some the other neck faults. I see. That's where the loose skin we got back to the next bounce with spine. It's show that I'm just gonna stop there if you want to keep that line going the edge of your picture. But that's where I stop my And now I'm gonna go back through and I'm gonna raise some of those diamonds that I can see. You could use a racer that's separate, or you could just use the eraser. That's bottom pencil. Just use this one a lot. So it's running kind of low. Take out those lines and I can see which ones they are because they're lighter than the details that I went back and added to have this neck neckline here can't see through the year on circle. Oh, okay, so there we have some detail lines drawn in Before we finish this. We're going toe. Add in some color to the I. So that doesn't look like a goes to dog that her blind there before I do that, make a little highlight. I like there is that shape. It's and then we can like shoes rest. But I'm leaving the highlight and the white of the eye right there here gives the dog some life. Go back to darken outside. Here, along this line, I can add some of those circles get smaller as you get to that tip. There we have a line drawn of a doctor 10. 8 Side View Rendering: start with dark, so I'm just gonna find large areas of she fill it in. It's OK, but cover up some of the lines that I made I can always go back in the dark six. Let's go back, Make areas a little dark man. We've got tip of the year. It's whole back years the mouth going over those folds. So I'm not drawing a straight line turning around its old underneath in this knows it's gonna be dark in. But I do want to show highlight here, so shape around it and then it's like right here on this edge as well. Here. No coloring shading in the highlight area, Mr. There it's too. What was that dark area here? Medium. So I pressed to hard up here and around the eye Chief here. Okay, so that's most of our really dark areas. Now, look, or just a medium dark spots with shoulder. Yeah, I always go back in. The area is darker too. And up to the year, this whole body part of the year Media here. - Like spot here? Yes, on these folds by mammoth area. Okay, started. Look more detail Now, Now what? I'm gonna do sound? Use my finger where you could use a Kleenex or paper towel on. We're going to rub in all of this sheeting so that it gives the whole important this nice even town making sure this when I rub to stay inside of my shape. And I know that this part of the eye is highlight. It's going to want it to be white. So when I'm rubbing in, I'm gonna try and avoid that area. But all of the other areas, even now. And it's okay if you do rub past and of your shape, that's what the erasers. Or so now this kind of evens out over tones and notice that I'm rubbing over God, that's okay, usar racer. So now finger should be nice and dark as well. Player two. Okay, so now we're gonna do is around outside and a race in case we re smudged outside of the lines. We can just go back. Yeah, For these larger areas, it helps to have pink eraser one that's not small rental rates so that you can really take away all those marks. Chicken. Are you leaving? It makes a cool looking background. It's up to you. Okay, Now take pencil of Esther, and I'm gonna go in and take back out some of those lights. So in this area here in the fourth, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna move my pencil in a way. Kind of makes it look like there's for sure here that it's lines like that to show that for is running down that neck. We made it to light. You can always for other back. And if you make it too late, I like that I if you accidentally raised some of your otherwise, let's go back in and it's a back and forth dark. I like dark like looks right to you. It's back looking around, seeing what I can make lighter, darker and then in some of your dark areas could make some lines to show movement for, and you want the fur to show the way that the skin goes around instead of just doing lines and random directions. Want to kind of go with the form? So long muzzle. Here. You wanted to go lengthwise, and then it curves around head. Okay, So really look at your reference and see what way that for way that hair is going and then make your lines go in that direction. And you can keep going with that for as long as you want until it looks realistic all over is you want it to where you could stop. Whenever you feel that it looks good enough, you can always challenge yourself and keep pushing it a little bit further, for the idea is not to make it look exactly like the photo. It's just look like just to make it look like a dog. 11. Drawing Dogs from Life: - way . Oh, so oh , you