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Easy Cartoon Dog Tutorial

You can draw a cute cartoon dog like this by following the tutorial below!

You can draw a cute cartoon dog like this by following the tutorial below!

Cartoon Dog

In this first series of articles on drawing cartoon animals, you will be learning how to create a simple cartoon dog. Dogs' diversity, variety, and popularity make them excellent subjects for creating unique and interesting cartoon characters. Goofy, grumpy, sad, happy, even quirky—there's no limit to the possibilities! So grab a pencil, an eraser, and a clean sheet of paper, and get started!


Part 1: The Head

Start by drawing a circular shape for the head. Don't worry about getting it perfectly round. Basic shapes such as circles, squares, and triangles merely make it easier for you to draw the form of your character.

Note: As you draw, try to keep your sketch lines as light as possible. Light lines are easier to erase and leave less of a mess when you need to correct mistakes. Heavy lines take more effort to erase and can leave quite a mess. You don't want that.


Guide Lines

Now draw one vertical line and one horizontal line through the center of the head. The lines will serve as guides when placing the eyes and nose on the head.



Draw a long oval shape on each side of the head. Start from just inside the head so that your dog's ears overlap the face a little.



Using the guides, place the eyes, nose, and mouth on the head. Draw in details such as the eyebrows, nose, and mouth to finish off the head. You may also want to draw a couple of lines just above the nose to indicate the muzzle.

Now that the head is complete, it's time to tackle the body!


Part 2: The Body

The body of your dog is going to be shaped a bit differently from the head. Instead of a circle, draw a shape similar to a bean or potato.



For the hind leg, draw a large oval in the bottom corner of the body. Less than an inch from the hind leg draw long thin ovals for the front legs.



Draw small ovals that slightly overlap the bottom of the legs. These will form the feet.



Draw two long curving lines starting from the lowest point on the back of the body. Join the two lines together at a point to complete the tail.



Attach the body to the head with two curving lines. This is your dog's neck.


Part 3: Final Details

Congratulations! Now that the head and body are complete, it's time to wrap this thing up with a few other small details.


Spots and Tail "Dip"

Add spots to make your dog more interesting. Feel free to choose any shape or size you want. You may also choose to give your dog's tail a little "dip" of color.


Finish the Head

Go back over the dog's head and give it more form. Leaving it round is perfectly fine; however, the idea is to make the character look interesting.


Clean up the Sketch

Clean up your sketch, eliminating the guides and all other unnecessary lines.


Cartoon Dog Drawing

Here is the actual "cleaned-up" pencil sketch I did. Your drawing should look somewhat similar to this (except for the spots: draw those however you like!)

There you have it. Just a few easy steps, and you'll have your very own cartoon dog! You may even want to try sketching the dog a few times, adding your own modifications to each drawing! Remember, there's no limit to the possibilities!

If you have any questions or need anything clarified, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

Don't get frustrated or give up if your dog doesn't turn out exactly the way you want it to. Remember, any venture—especially any new venture—will take time and practice to perfect.


Dalton Peters on March 05, 2015:


Krystal Dallis (author) on March 14, 2013:

Thank you. :)

PeterG7 from Portugal on March 13, 2013:

very nice:)