Dog

Today I won't be talking much, but there's a ton of pictures instead. I want to show you some sketches and maybe motivate you to face the topic. It seems so easy to draw a dog... But for me, after the latest drawing, I realised that I really need to practice, that's why so many sketches and fast pictures.

Of course all comments and questions are very welcome! If you want me to study some other topic like this - let me know :)

For a start - some simple and fast sketches. Each of those took only few minutes, I just wanted to grasp the shape, general feel, some basic anatomy, proportions. Such fast sketching help a lot when I don't really know what my topic looks like. I've never had a dog and when I see one on the street it doesn't really catch my attention do so I don't really "know" dog's head shape, body buid and so on. I know, there are many different kinds, but most of them are pretty similar.

Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog

My sketches are ugly, right? :D Well, I don't sketch often o that's why. Most of time I just pretend I'm sketching and then move on very fast to spots and colors. I guess I like painting more than drawing and that's why... But back to the topic - how many of those one is supposed to do? The more the better of course but it's up to you when you want to stop. I never wanted to be a master of drawing dogs so when I felt that I've learnt something and grasped the general idea of a dog - I stopped. At least now I can sketch it without any special pain.

After that comes the color. I pick some random photos from the internet and just try to paint dog's shape and fur. Such colorful picture takes more time (something around an hour or less) but it's way more satisfying and fun :D I won't be making any special comments about the process, this tutorial is merely to motivate you, not to teach you how to draw a dog. Just take a pencil or your tablet and sketch!

The doggy below was painted with a hard brush with low opacity (I wanted to try something different thatn my usual soft one...) and I used smudge tool to blend colors together when it was needed.

Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog

It shows that I am not really used to hard brushes, whole picture is very sharp ;) But the dog is allright and I was quite happy with the result. It's just a practice anyway! While you do it - please do not just copy the photograph, it doesn't make any sense to do that. Study is not about copying photos or whatever you are practicing on. Study is about thinking while painting. So think, wonder why you are using this color not the other. Why the shape is like this, not like that. Imagine the dog and paint it from imagination.

Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog

And for the last picture a bit of a run as dogs run more than they sit, right? ;D One gets used to cats and... Well, below you can see my struggle, I tried to grasp the movement. For me it looks convincing enough but someone who has a dog might argue - again, I'm not an expert and I don't plan to be.

Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog

I don't know if looking at those sketches will do anyone any good but hopefully you are not motivated to face your own drawing problems. For me the most valuable thing is that I didn't run from the subject which was difficoult for me but instead I gathered my courage and won the difficoult battle. I don't even know if I will ever have an urge or chance to paint a dog but who cares? Practice makes you perfect! :D