Step-by-Step Drawing of Pugs

Updated April 17, 2017

Drawing your favourite dogs, like the pug, can offer hours of intensive but satisfying work. If you own pugs or are just enthusiastic about the breed, a piece of pug artwork is the perfect complement to a home filled with the dogs.

Find your favourite pug images for inspiration. Pictures of your own pets, Internet images and books on pugs will all do. Set the pictures up around your workspace for easy viewing. Hang the pictures up with tape, or prop open any books you like.

Do a practice sketch. Focus on drawing the face and the signature wrinkles. According to "Pugs for Dummies," by Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz, pugs can be described as having a "...roly-poly shape...big googly eyes...[and] crinkly wrinkles on their forehead." Keep these characteristics in mind as you sketch.

Start a final draft. Use quick and fluid pencil strokes so that you have a light base to work around. Try underlying circular shapes to create the pug's head and body. A large oval or circle works well for the head. Erase any extra lines after you've added more detail.

Add facial details like the large, round eyes. Include large creases or folds around the eyes and in the forehead. Set the snout somewhat high on the face in between the two eyes.

Sketch a couple of droopy and folded-over ears at the top corners of the head. Also depict the pug with a droopy smile surrounded by small folds. Use small creases and lines in the skin to create the signature folds.

Shade the snout and eye area in darker so that it contrasts with the rest of the pug. Add a collar if you like. Extend a small body out from the neck area. Depict the two front legs (depending on the angle) under the head and a small portion of the back sloping away from view.


If you add a body, it should be about twice the size of the head but relatively small in comparison to other dogs. The legs should be short to make the pug look squat.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Sketchbook
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About the Author

Dylan Kennedy began writing professionally in 2003. His work has been published in the "Park Scribe," "Red Rocket Magazine" and online at Kennedy has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Park University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Missouri.