How to Draw a Dog Face Part 3 – Shade In and Around the Dog’s Eyes

How to Draw a Dog Face – Intro

How to Draw a Dog Face – Part 1

How to Draw a Dog Face – Part 2

How to Draw a Dog Face – Part 3

How to Draw a Dog Face – Part 4

How to Draw a Dog Face – Part 5

Shade the Dog’s Left Brow

Over the dog’s left eye, erase any stray guidelines. Then, darken the ridge between the white fur and the brown brow. On the brow itself, put a light layer of hair. Notice that the direction of the hairs is shifting to the right as we work our way to the right on this brow.


I’m switching to the 2B pencil for some shadow marks near the top of the brow. There is a deep groove in this dog’s brow, so put some darker tones in this area. The hairs are branching out from the inside, so let’s make our marks that way to show it.


Start adding a second layer of fur atop this first layer. Stay consistent with the direction of hair growth as you draw the marks. Leave some areas untouched to show highlights in the fur. Go along the border between the white and brown fur and sketch more hairs on the brown side. Darkening the brown hairs will make the white hairs stand out that much more.


Shade the Dog’s Right Brow

For the right brow, let’s start with these hairs radiating from this corner up to the curved hairs we sketched earlier. Remember that this area next to the eye is all brown fur. Toward the left side of this brow, the hair growth shifts direction, pointing to the left.


I’m going to add some darker tones to this inner corner of the eye. Still remember to maintain a direction of pencil strokes consistent with the hair growth that radiates upward as we layer this value on.


We can use the HB pencil to sketch a base layer of fur along the bottom portion of the brow. Remember to curve the hairs in a sideways direction that eventually point to our left and then downward at the corner. Switch over to the 2B pencil for darker values.


Shade the Dog’s Eyes

I’m going to start on the pupils, and I want them to be a very dark tone, so that’s why I am using a 6B pencil. Start by outlining the pupil, and then shade the inside. Be very careful to preserve the highlight. Repeat this process with the other pupil. After that, outline the iris of each eye.


The irises are typically a lighter value as you get closer to the pupil. Therefore, I’m switching now to a 2B pencil. Sketch along the inside edge of the circle to make it appear thicker. As for shading, pretend there is an imaginary dot in the middle of the pupil. Then make lines very close together radiating from that imaginary dot outward to the edges of the iris. Do the same thing with the other eye.


Okay, now it’s back to the 6B pencil. As we know, our dog has some very thick brows above the eyes. These thick brows stick out beyond the eyes, and therefore, cast a shadow underneath. Use the 6B to sketch a representation of this shadow and perhaps even some eyelashes. This also helps to better define the bottom of the brow.


So, I have my HB pencil now to shade just the outer edge of the eyeball. We must remember that the eyeball is a sphere, and as light hits a sphere, the light gradually fades as you get closer to the edges of the sphere. We can outline the eyelid much darker though. Sketch some minute hairs at the corners of each eye.


Draw Fur on the Sides of the Dog’s Face

Draw a base layer of fur on the left side of the face. The fur just under the eye is darker than the surrounding fur. Sketch light lines going horizontally with a slight downward tilt toward the side of the face. At the edge, erase the outline so it does not show through the fur we lay over it.


Use a 2B pencil to apply another layer of fur. Leave a little sliver of space between the bottom of the eye and the second layer of shading to represent the lower eyelid. There is a bit of a curve to these hairs that swoop in the upward direction. Leave a few patches open here and there for our base layer to show through for lighting purposes.


Do the same thing on the other side of the dog’s face. Begin with an HB. The area around the eye is a little darker than the fur on other parts of the face. Draw the hairs under the eye curving upward. There should be a lighter gradation of values as we get farther away from the eye. Then we have a tiny strip of darker fur going down.


Keep going with the base level all the way down the side. Keep your marks light and with a slight curve. Erase the outline to put fur along the outer edge. Alter the angle of the hairs here slightly downward.


Next, we can develop some of this darker value here in the corner of the eye with a 2B pencil. Then we’ll work it down along the snout. There is a little bit of darker shade here between the fold and the ear. Again, the inner corner of the eye should be a little darker.


Add More Shading Around the Dog’s Eyes

Keep adding darker tones around the eye, from the lower eyelid to the outer corner of the eye. Some shading in the little nook at the outer corner helps to add some form to the brow and the fold along the side of the face.


Now on the dog’s right eye on our left side, I think I’ll outline the eye and give a bit more attention to the lower eyelid. Then, I’m just looking over the eye to see if anything needs to be touched up above or below it, like darkening the strip of fur going down the face.


Keep looking for more areas that need more tones applied. As I look at the forehead, I can see that this left side of the head where the brown and white fur meet can use more shading on the brown side to make the white fur more apparent.


Now we’ll focus on the top part of the snout above the nose. On the bulge closest to the eye, we can start to establish some light shading. For the fold closest to the dog’s left eye, scoop slightly upward with strokes just along the bottom edge. Then make sure to sketch some light downward hairs in the middle of the fold. Define the outer furry edge of the fold by placing some darker tones next to the white hairs.


How to Draw a Dog Face – Part 4

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