How to Draw an Abstract Dog

Dogs and humans have coexisted side by side for thousands of years, so let’s take the time to appreciate this very special bond by creating your very own gorgeous abstract dog picture – read on to get started!


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Start with a black liner and create a shape to the left of the center of your page – this needs a slight “bump”, with a straight line emerging from the bottom left-hand corner of the shape. Add a small circle to the end of this line.


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Return to the right-hand end of the line, and bring a curve across and down, before flicking this back across to the right-hand side and ending with a gentle curve down.


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Add a “spike” shape to this curve – every dog needs a waggy tail!


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Now return to the circle and bring a curve down slightly and across to the right. Add a short line around halfway up to create your dog’s mouth.


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Now add an almond shape to the face of the pooch and add a tiny semicircle from the top. Then, place a tiny dot inside this.


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Create the ear of your dog by adding two curved lines, joined in a point, just behind the eye.


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Now, return to the bottom of the chin, and bring a curved line downwards, flicking it across to the right at the bottom.


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Add a leg to the end of this line with two parallel lines heading downwards, ending in a small paw which flicks across to the left, and is joined with a curve.


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Repeat this shape just behind the first to create another front leg…


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Bring a line across from the top of the first front leg, flicking across to the right and up slightly.


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Return to just beneath the tail, and bring a curve down and inwards, flicking out at the bottom towards the bottom right-hand corner of the page, then bring the line back in at a 45-degree angle. Add slight bumps, then curve the line back in and up to create a back leg. Bring the lineup and across to join the top line.


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Add another leg just behind the back one, just to the right of the line.


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Now, add another line from the middle of the belly, curving up and across to the top. Move to the front leg and continue this line up at a slight curve. Next, bring another two lines down from this top point.


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Add a curved line just in front of the tail and bring a series of alternating long and short lines around the curve. Then, add a jagged “flame” shape behind the “hip” line.


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Now, add a “bumpy” design in the middle of the next “section”, in front of the jagged line. You can also add small, “bird” shapes behind the “fire”.


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Fill the middle sections with a series of flowers…


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And then decorate the two sections in front with a series of diagonal lines, creating sets of squares. Then, add a “jagged” line just in front of this.


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Now, add shapes to the inside of the ears, getting smaller as you move inwards. Decorate the front leg with wiggly lines, and add small dots to the face of the dog…


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And other small spots all along the tail.


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Grab an orange pen and decorate the face and tail – exclude the spots – the space between the wiggly lines on the leg, the inside of the flowers, and the section near the back.


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With a yellow pen, fill in the dots, the curve in front of the tail, the petals of the flowers, and alternate squares in the second section.


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Use the red pen to fill in the middle section, and the “bumpy” lines.


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Use a blue pen to fill in the “flames” on the back leg…


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And a green pen for the alternate squares, and the shapes at the edges.


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Finally, use a black pen to fill in the dot on the nose!


And here we have your very own abstract dog to enjoy. Why not try recreating him, using a range of different colors and patterns – you may end up with your own pack!

We all know that dogs are absolutely adorable, and their status as “man’s best friend” has been firmly cemented in societies throughout history. These days, canine companions are commonly found in households throughout the world, and their loyal nature, ability to learn, and generous hearts means that they are a firm feature in many families.

Dogs are particularly famous for their sense of smell; they can smell 1000 times better than humans, thanks to a smell center in a brain which is 40 times larger than that of their human friends. In addition, your pooches’ nose will have millions more “smell centers” than yours – a Dachshund, for example, has 125 million – an impressive contrast to the 5 million found in human noses! This means that our furry friends are also good at carrying out a range of jobs, including sniffing out drugs, tracking down explosives, and even locating dead bodies!

In addition to an incredible sense of smell, dogs also rely heavily on their hearing – which is also super impressive. Every aspect of your dog’s design is designed to allow to pick up hosts of sound that humans cannot distinguish – this includes the muscles contained in their ears, and that position on the top of their heads. In fact, many experts believe that the reason dogs tilt their heads in an adorable manner is that they are trying to locate the source of a sound more concisely!

This just proves that dogs do far more than simply look cute – they are smart, adaptable and intelligent creatures – who just happen to lift your mood with a single look!

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