Before creating a full canine portrait, it’s a good idea to get to know the general shapes that make up each feature. As you practice rendering the features of a variety of dogs, notice the subtle changes in shape, value, and proportion that distinguish each breed.


The eyes are possibly the most important feature when it comes to capturing the personality and character of an animal. Below I provide two basic viewpoints for drawing the eyes: a three-quarter view (turned slightly away from center) and a side view.

Three-Quarter View of the Eye


Step 1 Using an HB pencil, begin by outlining the main areas of the eye—the pupil, ...

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