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Tips on how to draw dogs?
Kristen Gudsnuk at 6:20PM, June 18, 2009
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hey guys,

I'm trying to get better at art, and I was trying to draw a dog (even using a reference) and … I can't draw dogs! Or any animals other than people, for that matter.

Any good tutorials on dog drawing? (or any kind of animal-drawing)

all the “how to draw dogs” tutorials I can find are like, how to draw terrible cartoon dogs…
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Hyena H_ll at 9:47PM, June 18, 2009
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Crap. If I had me a scanner, I'd make you a tutorial. I've been drawin' dogs since I could… well, draw. ;)

You construct animals the same way you construct the human for- basic skeletal structure, block in muscle masses, start defining…

I'd recommend looking not at photographs of dogs, but anatomical pictures. When you get to the defining stage, look especially at the direction that the fur grows on different parts of the dog. For some reason people forget that!

Hope that was of some help.
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 10:50PM, June 18, 2009
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I guess my error was using the word “dog” rather than “canine” in my google searches… I found a good skeleton pic that I'll try practicing a few times…

oddly, for me the hardest part isn't those weird backward-jointed legs… it's actually the back/rear end. For some reason, when I start drawing that area, it starts looking like a scene from one of those “big asses!” pornos.

I had to stop trying because I was disturbing myself.
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TheMightyDM at 11:54AM, July 27, 2009
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If you're watching “Big Asses P0rnos” with dogs in them, then please do not tell me about it…lol

I don'te know about dogs, but i learned how to draw big cats from a cartoony How-To book. They are pretty helpful since they usually pay attention to enough detail, but also simplify things. For example, draw a large circle for the rib cage, and a smaller (sometimes much smaller) sircle for the hips. This may be a common tactic in other art books, but since I tend to read Cartoony books (like those from Ben Caldwell) I really only know about it from them.

Another thing I think helps is to practice drawing each part on its own. Kind of like drawing portraits (or drawing only the faces) but with other body parts. Try drawing the dogs hind legs without attaching them to the front of the dog, if you think it looks alright like that, try attaching it to a torso. This may not work for you, but it has been a great help to me, especially since I save these little “Bits and Pieces” and reference them when I really want an arm or foot to look a specific way on a character.
So many people were so fed up about Michael Jackson's alleged child *ahem* “issues”… All I could think about was, “Holy crap! I wish I could do the Moonwalk!”
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Hunchdebunch at 3:22AM, Aug. 9, 2009
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I know you said you tried using references already, but I have a few that you might find useful once you've got the hang of drawing them a bit. I just have a few drawings of dogs that I copied from magazines/photos and they're just dogs in different poses, so I've got them sat down, beign walked, stuff like that. As far as I remember I've only got about 5 though. But there's different breeds on there too lol
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