How to Draw Cute Puppies

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How to Draw Cute Puppies
Draw a cute puppy with a few strokes of a pencil. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

There's nothing cuter than a puppy, but it can be hard to portray that on paper. Floppy ears, big feet and soft, fuzzy fur contribute to making puppies so adorable. No matter what breed of dog you want to draw, puppies will always look different than grown up dogs, just as children look different from adults. A photo of a cute puppy can be broken down to a few simple lines to make drawing easier.

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Things you need

  • Reference photo

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  1. 1

    Draw a circle for the head. This will just be a guideline, so don't press too hard with your pencil. Sketch a slightly curved vertical line through your circle, and then another horizontally. This is a guideline for the face, and indicates where the puppy is looking.

  2. 2

    Draw an oval just beneath your circle, slightly overlapping it. This will be the body. A horizontal oval will represent a puppy standing, while a vertical one makes it in sitting position.

  3. 3

    Draw two small, flat ovals on either side of the head to represent the ears. Keep in mind that where the puppy is facing will affect the position of the ears.

  4. 4

    Draw another small circle inside the bottom half of the head circle. The top of the circle should sit where your two guidelines cross. The bottom should overlap with the bottom of the head. This will help you draw the snout.

  5. 5

    Draw the nose at the end of the snout, leaving room for the mouth. The shape of the nose will depend on the type of puppy, so look at your reference photo.

  6. 6

    Draw the eyes along the horizontal cross line, on either side of the snout. Again, the shape of the eyes depends on the breed of puppy. Keep your photo handy, but remember that in this cartoon-style drawing, the bigger the eyes are the cuter the puppy will be.

  7. 7

    Draw four long ovals for the legs, coming from the front and back of the body. Depending on whether the puppy is standing or sitting, one of them may be hidden behind the others.

  8. 8

    Use the ears, eyes and snout to draw the shape of the head around your circle. Fill in details like fur around the face, and the soft fuzzy ears. While dogs don't have eyebrows, contour lines around the eyes can help give an impression of curiosity.

  9. 9

    Fill in the paws and toes at the end of the legs, and the tail coming from the back of the oval. Sketch some lines around the body for fur: the fuzzier the body, the cuter the puppy.

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