Learn how to draw a Cartoon Dog with an easy step by step tutorial. Oversized eyes and paws add a fun and silly look.
What does it take to turn a regular dog into a cartoon dog drawing? Not a whole lot.
This dog has the average head shape, and floppy ears, four paws and a tail. The key is just to make some things extra big and some things extra small.
This tutorial will show how to draw the dog’s eyes as the big, googly kind and the paws are really oversized too. The mouth, however is small in comparison, and the ears just normal size.
And that, my friend, is cartoon drawing in a nutshell. Exaggerate the features of whatever you are drawing, keep them super simple, and above all, have fun.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, this sketch starts with a head and collar shape that sits on the center line of the paper. It’s important that head is drawn nice and big so there is plenty of room for the goofy eyes and floppy ears.
When students get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done. Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper. Having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big line down the center of their paper before they start? No, that will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. Instead, they simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the cartoon dog drawing project.
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Materials for a Cartoon Dog Drawing
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions to Draw a Cartoon Dog Step by Step
Time needed: 25 minutes.
Cartoon Dog in 9 Easy Steps
- Draw a collar and head on the center line.
- Add two overlapping circles for the large eyes.
- Erase the gray lines, add some pupils and the ears.
- Erase the line in the ear. Draw the face details and start the body.
- Add two symmetrical feet.
- Erase the gray lines and draw the toenail lines.
- Draw the back feet and add a wagging tail.
- Finish with a house and lawn in the background.
- Trace with marker and color.