Each type of animal’s body has its own characteristics.
In this article, we’ll show you how to draw the body of a dog, which is one of the most common animal bodies you’ll see on a daily basis.


1. Knowing the skeleton of a dog

When drawing an animal’s body, it’s easier to draw it if you know the skeleton first.
So let’s see what a dog’s skeleton looks like first.

If you want to know the exact shape and details of a dog’s skeleton, please look for it in a picture book or on the Internet.

When you look at the skeleton, you should pay special attention to the position and curvature of the joints.
Make sure you know where and how your body parts bend.


◆Difference between dogs and cats

If you want to draw a dog and a cat differently, make sure to keep their characteristics in mind as shown below.

Dogs: Straight legs and generally square and stiff impressions.
Cats: round, curved and soft.



2. Actually drawing

Once the skeleton is checked, we will actually draw the dog.
The first step is to draw the positional drawing and then draw a solid line.
Now let’s take a look at each step of the process.


(1) Draw the positional drawing

When drawing the positioning, first draw the head, shoulders, and hips in a circle to determine their respective positions.
Let’s draw the hips a little smaller than the shoulders.

Then, while keeping in mind the skeletal structure you’ve just described, draw the positions of the legs and other parts.
It may be easier to draw each part of the body, such as from the elbow upwards and from the elbow downwards, or draw the joints as spheres and draw other bones as lines.
Draw the overall image of a straight and square shape and positional drawing.

(2) Draw with solid lines

Once I was able to draw the positioning, I started to draw solid lines.
I drew the skeleton in mind when I positioned the image, but I drew the flesh in mind when I drew the solid lines.

A chubby dog with lots of flesh gives the impression of being cute, while a firm body gives the impression of being cool.
Just like “Shiba Inu is chubby” and “Doberman is firm,” you can adjust the fleshiness to suit your dog’s breed and the character you want to draw.


(3) Paint the color

Draw a solid line and then color it to finish.


3. How to draw common poses

Once you’ve got a handle on how to draw your body, it’s time to draw some common poses.
Here are three poses that you can use as a reference: sit, sleep, and don’t want to leave.


(1) Sit down

The sitting pose is like a frog sitting, where you sit with your knees bent.
When drawing the positioning, you should draw the head, then the shoulders to the front legs, and then a slightly flatter position at the waist.

A dog’s body is slightly stiffer than a cat’s, so its back is relatively straight when viewed from the side.
If you want to be aware of the distinction between drawing a dog and a cat, you should be aware of this part of the body.


(2) Sleep

Dogs often lie down to sleep and may flap their legs when they are asleep.
When that happens, they may be dreaming of running around somewhere.

Lying down is similar to standing pose, but when you are standing, your legs are supporting your body and keeping it taut.
In contrast, when you are lying down, your legs are also lying down and you are relaxed and relaxed.

You can also draw the face not just meditating, but imagining a slightly relaxed expression, as well as a slightly relaxed look.


(3) Pose that you don’t want to leave

This is the pose of a dog struggling to resist, not wanting to return from a walk.
The collar makes the flesh of the face lean in, giving it a plump and unique appearance.

When drawing the position, the head should be a slightly flat oval shape.
The body should be in a place where you are stepping on it to keep it from being pulled backwards and forward.
Stretching out its legs as if it’s pulling in the opposite direction of the lead, makes it look like a dog.


4. Summary

What did you think?
In this article, we’ve introduced how to draw the Shiba Inu, a common dog model in Japan, but the shape of the body changes depending on the type of dog.
But the shape of the body of each type of dog varies from one species to another.