Dog Drawings
(Sketching + Vector)

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Learn how to draw nice dog drawings filled with great effects and a cute cartoon character! Dogs are great companions! You can teach them a few tricks and although they are not always very smart, they are too adorable to be ignored! 

In this complex tutorial, my goal was to create a goofy dog with a funny head and appealing attitude. I hope I was able to reach my goal! I will also show you how to create simple shadows and reflections to end up with an illustration more interesting than a simple character made with plain colors and black outlines!

Step 1

Dog drawings

First, you need to sketch the character. I like to start with the head and the eyes. When I am finished, I like to move on with the body to get a good idea of the posture of my character. Fortunately, even if the character's position is not good enough, it can be modified in the polished version.

Step 2

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Next, I created the ears and the legs of the dog. Now I know how the area that I will need to illustrate my dog drawings.

Step 3

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I can complete the sketching of my illustration by adding details like pupils, eyebrows, the tongue, the tail and the mouth. It doesn't matter if the drawing is not quite perfect. I will work on it later on.

Step 4

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Scan your illustration and open your vector application. You can always use pencils instead of a software if you want, but result will be different. Create black outlines and choose lines that have different width. The result will be more dynamic.

Step 5

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It's now time to add colors! I usually create new shapes that I place behind the outlines. I feel like I have more control by doing so.

Step 6

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Almost every vector application comes with a gradient tool. This tool is quite useful if you want to add a simple shadow on a shape filled with plain colors. Of course, make sure that the darkest color is on the bottom of your shape.

Step 7

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Create new shapes that will be used to create darker shadows in strategic areas. Right now the character looks funny, but we will work on this ... right now! 

Step 8

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Select the transparency tool and hide the top part of every shape added previously. The goal is to come up with a shadow that is strong enough to be visible, but not too dark otherwise the illustration will be hard to read. 

Step 9

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Let's go through the same process, but this time by adding white shapes to illustrate the reflection on the character. I know this one looks like a clown right now, but it's temporary.

Step 10

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Once again, select the transparency tool to partially hide the shapes created previously. Of course, this time you need to hide the bottom part of each shape.

Step 11

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Great! If you want to go a little bit further, you can also change the color of the outlines. In this case, Most outlines were colored with a dark brown tone. Elements like the tongue are colored with a darker tone of red. That's it! Don't hesitate to create more dog drawings using the same technique as described above. Have fun and don't forget to practice! :)

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