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How to Draw a Dog Face

Here’s how to draw a dog face with one of the friendliest looks around. Drawing a close up view makes all those features easier to draw.

How to Draw a Dog Face
Drawing of a Dog Face

Not all animal drawings need to fit the entire animal on one sheet of paper. Sometimes it’s fun to just focus on the part that is the most expressive, like the face. This tutorial features a simple dog with a cute smile, wagging tongue and big adorable ears.

If you notice that your students tend to not use their entire paper, and are drawing on the small side, this close up view of a dog face will mix things up for them. Drawing small is a natural tendency that many young artists start out with. It’s kind of like a comfortable approach they are used to, so it helps to give them a project that asks them to think BIG, and fill up their entire sheet of paper. 

How to Draw a Dog Face
Preview of step by step Dog Face tutorial



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Dog Face

  1. Draw half of the head.

  2. Add a matching side.

  3. Draw the eyes, nose and mouth.

  4. Add the tongue and face lines.

  5. Draw the two matching ears.

  6. Add scruffy fur on the cheeks.

  7. Draw the neck and shoulders.

  8. Erase the gray lines.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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