Draw a pencil portrait of a dog

A pencil portrait of a dog

When drawing pet portraits, you don't just need to know how to draw animals: the task is capture the personality of that particular animal. You can't just draw any dog. This sweet dog is Poppy, and she was drawn from a reference photo from her humans.

In the video below, you'll see how this dog drawing came together, and underneath the video you can read step-by-step instructions to guide you through how to draw your own dog portrait. For more dog-drawing advice, see our guide on how to draw a dog. Want to focus on humans? Learn how to draw a face. Plus, you may also want to get equipped with one of the best pencils

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A professional pet portrait artist since 1997, Melanie works from her garden studio where she draws dogs, cats and horses for commission. She shares her studio with her artist husband Nicholas and Tibetan terrier Lily.