How to Draw a Dog Face Part 4 – Shade the Dog’s Snout Area

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 Above the Dog’s Nose

Now, let’s do this inner middle fold to the right of the nose. Using an HB pencil, place a very slight cast shadow where the overlap is. On the big fold going over the top of the nose, I’m going to erase this guideline in preparation for drawing the fur here next.


As I add the hairs on this fold, I’m putting a little twist to them along this edge just to help show the coil shape of the fold. Also, keeping the shading to the edges contributes to its cylindrical form. Now, this dog has a spot on this fold just above his nose, aligned with his right nostril. Start by sketching the outline of the spot. Then shade inside. Switch to a 2B for some darker tones.


Shade the Dog’s Nose

In the next several steps, I will show you how to draw a dog’s nose with shading that creates the nose’s bumpy texture. I’m putting a jagged texture along the top edge to represent the fur that’s sticking out from the fold and beyond the nose. Then, outline the contours of the nose.


Start developing the texture of the nose by drawing some lines coming from the edges to the inner areas of the nose. You can imagine these as little grooves in the nose and even see them in the reference.


The dog’s nose has these circular bumps on the surface. We can begin to create a texture that resembles these bumps by drawing light, little circular scribbles on the surface. Scribble around the little grooves drawn in the last step.


Begin shading the nostrils and the various cracks along the outline of the nose. Since the nose has some very dark tones compared to the rest of the drawing, it’s a good idea to switch to the 6B pencil to go over the darkest areas.


Keep using the 6B pencil to trace over the grooves and cracks on the nose’s surface. Then, build up the texture with a layer of dark circles and ovals. Rather than the scribbles from before, draw fewer individual round shapes, but still cover the surface.


With a 2B pencil, shade the nose area one last time. Shade over and around the various round, bumpy shapes. Leave some of the edges of the nose and cracks a little lighter to resemble subtle highlights.


Shade the Dog’s Mouth Area

Trace over the vertical line extending from the nose to the mouth. Sketch fur over the outlines going down each side of the mouth. Trace over the outline for the top lip too. Then with a 6B pencil, shade the inside of the mouth very dark.


Similar to the spot above the nose, this dog has a large spot or birthmark covering the area between the nose and mouth. Sketch its outline as well as some texture details on each side of the vertical line joining the nose and mouth.


To shade this spot, I’m starting with a general base layer of diagonal strokes to cover the entire surface. Then, I’m going over it again with a second layer of shading. However, this time my strokes are shorter to more closely resemble hair. Finally, use darker tones to sharpen the edges just under the nose and around the mouth.


Shade the Dog’s Snout

Use a light touch to sketch the white fur on the left side of the snout. When you get to the outlines of these rows of wrinkles between the nose and mouth, you can erase them and replace them with a furry edge. The lower left area of the snout should have much darker fur.


Begin to sketch the fur under the dog’s mouth. Start with the lower left corner of the snout. This area will have some shadows. Then lightly sketch lines coming downward from the mouth. Make sure to curve the lines to fit the contours that form the surface.


Use a variety of light and dark tones to build up the layers of hair under the dog’s mouth. Draw a series of fine lines that are just under the lip. Outline the lower lip and sketch a few horizontal lines to add detail. Then add values to build up and develop the lower right portion of the snout.


Use the HB pencil to finish sketching the light fur along the right side of the snout. Then, apply a layer of darker fur over this. Sketch darker lines to represent shadows between the various individual hairs.


Lightly sketch indications of the white fur on the right side of the snout. Sketch along the rows of wrinkles going down the snout for a shaggier appearance. Also, you may notice that this side of the snout does not have the dark patch of fur that was found on the other side.


How to Draw a Dog Face – Part 5

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