How To Draw a Realistic Dog in Coloured Pencil | Drawing Tutorial Step by Step

hello everybody welcome back to my channel so in this video I'm going to be showing you how I drew this dog using colored pencils and giving you some tips and advice for how you can get a realistic dog using colored pencils so before that if you want to watch the real-time version of this and follow along with me and learn lots more tips and techniques then you can follow along with me at my patreon where I've got all of them available for you now and also all of the materials that I'm using are listed in the description because I always get a lot of questions asking what I'm using so if you want to know exactly what I'm using make sure to check out the description anyway let's get straight into the tutorial so the first thing that I'm doing is I'm working on the dog's eyes and I am using a reference photo especially when you're doing realism you really want to make sure that you're using reference photo and so I always like to work on the eyes first but that's just my personal preference and what I'm doing is I first outline the darkest parts of the eyes so all of the details in the pupil and also just the corner of the eye and the waterline and stuff like that it's all really dark for the dog's eyes there was a lot of little highlights in here so I made sure that I outline them so that I didn't get color pencil on them and so that I could preserve the whiteness of the highlight but the highlights aren't completely white so I made sure that I added some gray tones as well and I also went and I did the white of the eye so one thing to notice when you're doing the wise the eye is that it's not actually white there's a lot of gray tones and I even added a bit of purple as well so I liked using the French grays and also some little violet gray and purpley colors as well and I use quite a lot of the sepia tones I am using the Karen – luminance color pencils and these are really creamy which means that you can blend them really nicely together to get a smooth finish so like I said I like to do the main shadows first and then I like to build up the other shadows that aren't quite as dark in the iris I also like to get the whites of the eye in quite quickly so that I can judge everything else so now I'm just going in and making some final touch-ups and add in little details I want to make sure everything is perfectly smooth and that I've got a nice contrast going on so with realism contrast is so important I always mention how important contrast is which means that you've got to get your ducks as dark they need to be and the lights as light as they need to be also one thing to notice is that you'll probably realize that when you get in the rest of the ice of darkest parts that actually the white of the eye stands out really brightly and you can even add some darker Gray's on there so always be able to be flexible to go back in and change things that need to be tweaked a bit if any areas need to be darkened up don't feel like just because you finish that area that you can't go back to it and make adjustments especially you don't feel like that you're going to ruin it so a lot of you could be cautious because you're beginners and you think that once you've done a certain area you don't want to go back and mess it up which I totally understand I was like that a lot when I just started using colored pencils but it's really worth it just to keep tweaking things until you're happy with them in order to avoid burnishing and messing it up so you can't add lots more layers make sure that when you do your initial layers that you're doing really lightly and don't press too hard the only areas that I pressed quite hard in the beginning is the darkest areas because I knew that I was mainly just going to be adding black and dark Browns maybe a bit of blue to those areas I knew that I didn't want to do a lot of layering but for example with the white of the eye I use a lot less pressure at the start because I knew that I wanted to add a lot more layers on top also one thing to mention is that you should always keep your pencil as sharp as possible if you want to do realism and get smooth shading then you need to make sure that you're having your pencil really sharp so that you can get all of those details and lay the pencil down smoothly and get into all of the white grain of the paper so that you don't have this grainy look of the white paper showing through so now that I've finished the eyes I want to go and start working on the fur so this dog had some short affair and then a lot of long fur near the ears and doing fur is very much like doing hair so if you want to check out how I drew hair in color pencil then put a card up above so you can check that out because the technique that used was very very similar so what I did first was again I established the darkest shadows I looked at my reference photo I got a dark brown color and I just followed the direction that the hair was flowing in using small lines and I just built at the pressure for the darkest areas then I glazed other colors over the top like some Brown ochres burnt sienna 's just to get the color accurate and the tone accurate and then I went and I blended it out with some lighter colors so for example I blended out the darkest shadows with like a burnt sienna but then for the lighter areas I'd use like a cream or ivory tone and even a white for the real bright highlights but especially if I wanted to blend out really thin areas so like get some highlighted strands I made sure the pencil was really really sharp and I just continued this technique for out all of the firm so again even for this shorter fur I'm still blocking in the darkest shadows so I first went in with the sepia which is a dark brown you don't have to use these exact color names just using a dark brown would be fine and then I even added a bit of black just for the real darkest parts of that shadow so I'm working on the whole of the ear at the moment I'm just looking at the reference photo blocking in all of those dark shadows and you can see that I'm following the direction that the first going in and I'm doing it very lightly I'm not rushing on taking my time this whole piece took me about ten hours to do so I didn't do it really quickly I made sure that I took my time and took regular breaks I really recommend taking breaks when you're doing such a kind of time-consuming piece because if you work on it for a long time you get into kind of the habit of maybe wanting to rush parts of it because for example if you've done a large portion of the fair you might find it bit tedious get a bit bored or just get a bit like it was walking on edge doing it and so you might want to just rush through it and get it done and that's why I recommend taking breaks because then when you come back to it you'll be nice and fresh and you can work on it again and you're probably less likely to want to rush through it because it is really evident if you rush through certain areas that you haven't spent as much time on them so again I glaze some colors for the warmer areas that were a bit more saturated I added some more like but ochres which are more of an orangey tone and I really looked at the colors on the reference photo if you find it really difficult to kind of pick out the colors you need for your drawing then I really recommend important your reference photo into something like paint on your computer and use the eyedropper tool to create little swatches of the colors that you need and then get your colored pencil sets and see which color best matches it you don't actually have to get an exact color match it's more about having some shadow tones mid-tones and highlighted tones so they again you can get that contrast so once I added all those colors to make it color accurate and blended it out with those lighter pencils like those creams and those white pencils I went in again and I made sure that I added the dark areas because when a new blend would like to colors you might lighten up some of those shadows and finally a little trick that I like to do to add some details over the tops and little hairs it's just going with this craft knife again this is listed in the description if you want to check this out and I'm using this just to scrape away some of the wax and reveal some lighter hairs underneath and this just helps break up all of those uniformed clumps of hair and makes it look a bit more free-flowing and a bit more natural so that's it for the ear and now I'm carrying on with the fair around the eyes and this is shorter fur but again I don't do it in a much different way than what I did with the long fur I do it in a pretty similar way the only difference is I'm using shorter pencil strokes because the fur is shorter around the eye the fur is going in a few different directions so it's important to keep looking at your reference photo for every single area that you're doing to see if the third is change direction so I added the sepia now I'm going in I went in with a layer of the brown ochre to establish a base I like to add the shadows then establish a base tone across the whole area and then go in and layer and glaze some other colors over the top and as you add more and more layers you can use more and more pressure to burnish and to blend them but why notice with the Karen – pencils is that they do blend really easily without you even having to apply much pressure so don't feel like you have to really push your pencil down as hard as you can to make it blend just use as much pressure as is needed to get it to blend softly you don't actually have to press that hard so once I did that again I'm going in with the craft knife and I'm just pulling up some little detailed pairs and then you can add some thicker hairs over the top with a white pencil just add a bit of variation I do recommend using the craft knife as one of the last things that you do you can make little tweaks afterwards but don't go and try to add lots and lots of layers because you'll lose all those details and so I recommend doing it at the end but I did go in with like a black and a brown just to create more contrast and darken up the shadows again so like I said I'm basically just repeating this technique across the whole of the brown firm I wanted to get all of the brown fur in first and then the fur around the nose is very white so I will be giving you some techniques on how to do a white fur because that is something that a lot of people find really tricky so again add the brown add some brown ochre for the base I'm going in with a bit more pressure with that Brown okay just for the shadows and the more saturated areas add in some burnt sienna as well I always try to use a few different colors so there is not just one tone you want to get lots of depth in but adding lots of different colors it just makes it a bit more interesting to look at rather than just having one color across the whole area it will look a bit flat so make sure you layer lots of colors to make it look really really realistic so this bit of the pool that I'm doing at the moment was a bit out of focus there wasn't too much detail to it so I didn't include too much detail in mine I did go over and add a little few hairs with the crafting knife though so I'm just adding some little details and now I'm gonna work on the nose so I wanted to go in first and establish all of the shadows so I went in with the black Karen – pencil and I just used that to get in all of the main structure of the nose so I used it with a bit more pressure on the darkest areas and then the areas that were still dark but not quite as dark I just used a very light layer so that you could tell the difference between the darkest shadows and the slightly lighter shading the areas that were more highlighted I left completely white so that I could go in with the grays and these would stand out much brighter so I went in them with some warmer gray tones because the nose had quite a purplish gray tone to it so I went in with some French Grey's a bit of violet gray as well and I'm also going in now with the white just to pull up some little highlights then just to add some little markings as well and that's basically it for the nose and what I'm doing now is working on the white fur so my biggest tip that I have if you're trying to do white fur is to not just do it white you might actually be surprised at how much gray shading there is in white fur so especially if you have a reference photo and you're trying to draw a white white firm I really recommend going in onto that paint software and using the eyedropper tool put it on the lightest area of the white fur that you can see and then pull it on this most shadowed area and I bet you'll be surprised at how dark of gray you'll actually need to color that in especially it can be deceiving when it's next to darker colors so because the white fur is next to brown fur it makes it look even brighter but in reality it's not white there's a lot of gray shading so there's a lot of gray shading underneath his nose and it's also quite a warm tone gray as well so I mean by warm tone is that like cool tone is more like blue gray and then warmer tone has more like Browns in it and more like yellow gray so I added some French Gray's and the step here 50% is what I'm using now and that's like a gray brown tone and again always look at the direction that the fur is going in especially around the nose it goes in a lot of different directions it changes up direction quite a lot so just pay attention with every little area that you're doing to make sure you're still on track with the reference photo so I do some longer fur strokes and then some little ones depending on where the fur is and even on the brightest areas of I'm still adding some sort of gray even if I go over that with white and blend that out I still want some sort of tone there I don't want it just to be white there was also some little brown markings around the nose so I'm just going in with some brown ochre and burnt sienna pretty much the colors that I used for the rest of the brown fur just go in and add in them in but I also wanted to make sure the nose transitioned into those brown areas I didn't want it just to look like the nose was stuck on it needs to look like it's transitioning into the fur around it so I made sure that I feathered the black into the fur nearby and now I'm going in with the white pencil so the white Karen – pencil and I'm choosing this to soften up the whole area so that the fur wasn't as defined there's softer and that the area looks less grainy so as you can see it's just gave it much more of a smoother look and it looks a lot more realistic and now I'm going in with the black polychromos pencil and I'm using this just to darken up some of the parts of the nose some of the fur around the nose and now I'm going in with the crafting knife and again just using that to add some little hairs I also wanted to transition the white fur into the brown fur around it because there was some white bits of further overlapped onto the darker areas so I wanted to make sure that I included them as well so now I finished coloring it in the final thing that I wanted to do was add some highlights so the product that I'm using is by brush and pencil and it's called titanium white powder and touch up texture and you mix them together and it forms this sort of paint-like mixture and this is archival for color pencils so I just mixed that together and I'm just applying it for the highlighted areas so why I like about this is the fact that you can do this after you've completed all of your colored pencil work and you don't have to preserve things like the whiskers so I'm just painting on the whiskers now and what's even better is that I know this it doesn't look perfect the whiskers look a bit like two brights they don't fit him with the rest of the dog and also the lines aren't clean and like crisp they're a bit jagged but what's great is that you can go over this when it's dry with color pencil so what I do when this is dry is that I add some tones some cream tones some brown ochre to make sure that the whiskers fit in with the rest of the colors of the dog and I also use my little crafting knife just to shape the lines a bit better so as you can see going in with some brown ochre and it just really makes it fit in with the rest of the piece a lot better and so if you messed up then it's really easy to go and cover this mixture up with the color pencil so I love this products for color pencil I used to what use white gel pen but it's not as archival but anyway guys that's it for today's tutorial if you'll need to my channel and you enjoyed this and want to learn more make sure you hit that subscribe button and if you want to learn how to draw more animals in color pencil and other mediums then make sure you check out my 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28 thoughts on “How To Draw a Realistic Dog in Coloured Pencil | Drawing Tutorial Step by Step

  1. Beautiful!! Do you always do the background first? Sometimes I don’t just wondering the best way. Thank you!

  2. Wow this is amazing! You are so tallented, and you deserve way more subscribers! This looks so realistic and cute! You can actually see his/her feelings from his/her eyes! This is so massive! Awesome job! Never quit!

  3. OMG, that draw of cavalier king Charles us amazing !! Il would like to draw y dog like that. Your tutorial will help me

  4. Hi, You are so good at the eyes. WOW. I wish I could do that. They look so round and shiny. good job.

  5. I have begun using pencils but I am too heavy handed. This tutorial is just what I need to lighten up! Thank you!

  6. I always learn a lot from your videos. Thanks for sharing your tutorials with us, especailly this dog tutorial which I love! 🙂

  7. Wow this is amazing!! I have a question about which pencils I need. I am currently doing a coloured portrait and I'm using 132 Prismacolor Premier, I also have 60 Faber Castell but I don't really know the differences between the brand. Which is the best for portrait drawing? Should I buy Caran d'Ache, are they really good pencils?
    Thank you for all your advice 🙂

  8. This was Amazing in Every Way!!????
    Question for you?
    I have the crafting knife, haven't tried it yet,.. and even though I know you're not suppose to press hard for the effect of hairs etc, I'm concerned that if the shadow falls on the painting a certain way you'll see the scrape marks.
    Have you noticed this or had any problems of this nature???

  9. Hey guys if your in the uk you can find strathmore Bristol vellum paper in boyes for a really good price it’s like only £10

  10. Do you have a copy of this finished particular piece online? I would love to use it to study using colored pencils. If not, that's okay, this video was immensely helpful on it's own! Thank you!

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