French Bulldogs, or Frenchies as dog experts affectionately refer to this dwarf breed, make an adorable animal to draw. With jowls hanging like dripping candle wax, a squashed, upturned nose, soulful, wide-set eyes and perky ears, sketching a French bulldog is sure to be fun. Frenchies range in solid or patchy colours of white, fawn, brindle, tan, liver, mouse and black and have short, smooth fur. The adult French bulldog is squat in stature averaging 11.3 to 13.6kg. with a wide stance and a stocky build.
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Things you need
- Sketch paper
Determine the placement and setting of the dog for proportion on your paper before beginning to draw. Decide whether it will be sitting, standing or lying. Decide if the animal will be the close-up focus or an addition to your picture.
Sketch the French bulldog's large, wide-set pupils by pressing relatively hard with your pencil. Erase a small, symmetrical dot from each pupil to show glare from the direction of the setting's light source. This breed's eyes are set lower on the face than many other breeds.
Using medium pressure with your pencil, draw the dog's nose centred between the pupils yet slightly lower and larger. Make two vertical slits in the nose representing nostrils by rubbing hard with your pencil. The vertical slits will give the impression of an upturned snout.
Form the eyes by adding an almond shape close to and around each pupil leaving little white space.
Create the square head by sketching lightly with your pencil until you have an asymmetrical shape that is slightly wider at the top. Once you are content with this shape, press harder with your pencil to accentuate the head.
Illustrate the perky, batlike ears with shapes that stand triangular on the head as if drawing a V from the point of the dog's chin to the tip of each ear. The dog's ears typically face forward like those of a bat's - represent this by shading an inner ear.
Draw two parallel lines down from the centre, lower side of the nose. Continue the lines down and outward to form the dog's droopy cheeks or jowls. Bring the cheeks down off the face and proceed with the lines back up onto the side of the face. From the point where the parallel lines begin to separate, shade in a triangular mouth.
Stress the sagging, melting wax appearance of the French bulldog's face by adding wrinkly forehead lines. Draw droopy cheeks starting from the inner corner of the eyes down and outward to portray the squashed face and a double chin.
Sketch the animal's squat, wide-set body by softly forming an outline with a pencil. The French bulldog has a short, thick neck that quickly merges with the broad shoulders. Its rear, with a stub of a tail, stands slightly higher than the shoulders. Once you are happy with the dimensions, press the pencil harder to highlight the dog's frame. Add lines and contour to display the dog's brawny build.
Add shading to the picture to represent the prospective light source and make the scene more lifelike.
Tips and warnings
- To depict a female French bulldog, slightly downplay the animal's prominent features.
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