Shade the Dog’s Ears
Now let’s work on the ears. Remember how we lightly drew indications of where the tonal values on the ear changed from light to dark? Here’s where that will come in handy. Sketch a base layer of tones on the dog’s right ear, taking care to place darker values in the proper locations.
Sketch another layer of tones to build up the texture of the fur on the ear. Start from where the ear joins the head, and work your way over other parts of the ear. Keep sketching in a consistent direction. Connect some of the darker areas while leaving gaps in the lighter areas for highlights.
Use a kneaded eraser to erase the outline of the ear. Replace this outline with short strokes to resemble the hair on the edge of the dog’s ear. Go over some of the darker values with additional layers. This will make the highlights on the ear stand out more too. Use a 6B for the darkest areas, especially the edge of the ear along the side of the dog’s face.
Repeat this process for the other ear. Sketch a base layer of shading for the ear. Use the outlines of the tonal value changes to mark shadow and highlight areas.
Just like before, erase the ear’s outline. Use short pencil strokes along the edge of the ear to create that furry look. Build up the layers of fur on the ear with additional shadows.
Use a 6B to build up the darkest values. Draw pencil strokes curving upward where the ear meets the head. Then point these strokes downward as you shade along the edge of the ear.
Finish Drawing the Dog Face
Okay, we are almost done. It’s time to add the finishing touches. Look for opportunities to make lighter values stand out better by creating darker values adjacent to them. One example of how we can do this is by darkening the brown fur on the dog’s forehead to better distinguish it from the white fur.
Keep sketching over other parts of the face to build up other patches of fur. By drawing a few darker strokes in lighter areas, you can create volume while still preserving highlights on the face of the dog.
Take a look at the reference photo to see if there are any other areas that could use improvement. Don’t forget to add the whiskers! You only need to sketch a few coming from various parts of the snout.
And that is how to draw a dog face with realistic features!