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How to Draw Blue Dog like artist Rodrigue

Learn how to draw Blue Dog, the series that catapulted artist George Rodrigue into worldwide fame in the early 1990s.

A drawing of Blue Dog, the famous series of paintings by artist George Rodrigue
How to Draw Blue Dog

George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013)  was a Cajun artist who grew up in Louisiana. He went to an all-boys high school and then later studied at two art colleges, one in Louisiana and one in California. He later trained in New York. George began by painting outdoor scenes at family gatherings, using an oak tree as his main subject in hundreds of paintings.

Rodrigue’s art studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles spawned one of the greatest success stories in American art.  In the early 1990s his Blue Dog Series, based on the French-Cajun loup-garou legend, catapulted him to worldwide fame, while his dark Renaissance-like landscapes developed into robust modern masterpieces.

As a passionate philanthropist, Rodrigue founded the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, advocating the importance of the arts in education.  Programs include art supplies for schools, scholarships, and arts integration through Louisiana A+ Schools.  Visit www.rodriguefoundation.org.

You can learn more about George Rodrigue on Wendy’s blog and the book The Other Side of the Painting (2013, UL Press).

Coloring Tip: Try using a couple of different brands of crayons to get more color choices. I used a combination of Prang and Crayola, and pressed pretty hard to get the really vibrant colors shown in my sample.

A step by step diagram of how to draw Blue Dog, the dog series made famous by artist George Rodrigue.
Draw Blue Dog diagram, as seen in the PDF download
Blue Dog Coloring Page



Time needed: 45 minutes.

Blue Dog Tutorial

  1. Start by drawing a circle.

  2. Add the center snout shape.

  3. Erase the inside and add two eyes.

  4. Add the nose, brows and ears.

  5. Draw the left front leg shape.

  6. Add the right front leg shape.

  7. Draw the two back legs and belly line.

  8. Erase the gray lines and add bits of extra fur.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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