How To Draw A Sleeping Dog: 4 Step By Step Very Easy Tutorial

This blog post is a step-by-step guide on how to draw a sleeping dog.

If you have been looking for a creative way to connect with your kids or want an easy drawing idea, this post is perfect for you!

It includes helpful tips and tricks to make the process as simple as possible.

How To Draw A Sleeping Dog
How To Draw A Sleeping Dog

This written tutorial and accompanying video (below) will guide you through the process of drawing a sleeping puppy.

How To Draw A Sleeping Dog?

Here are 4 step by step very easy tutorials on how to draw a sleeping dog


Draw the dog’s body using simple circles to start. Sketch lightly at first until you get your shapes the way you want them. Be sure to draw these shapes about the same size as each other so that your dog is in the correct proportions.

I used a 3B pencil for this step, but do what works best for you!

If you are not experienced with drawing circles, have no fear. Here are some helpful tips:

Starting from the center, create a circle by moving your pencil in a clockwise motion.

Draw another circle next to it, but make this one bigger and add an arch to make the muzzle.

Once the basic shapes are in place, connect them with lines and add an eye and tail. This will be helpful for when we start adding our shading in the next step.


Add a shadow on one side of your dog’s body using a softer pencil or a 4B.

You can also leave a lighter section in the middle for contrast if you choose. This is going to help us with our drawing process, so go ahead and add it!


Now we need to add some shading. Shading is the key element that brings your drawing to life and makes it look more realistic!

For this step, I used a 4B pencil and built layers on top of one another until I was satisfied with the darkness.

Since this is a sleeping dog, pay attention to the way the fur is falling. Notice the direction of your pencil strokes, which way they will form shadows, and where they are darkest.

I also paid special attention to the area above the dog’s eye because this will be one of our focal points.

If you want to focus on shading, try drawing a grid over your picture with a piece of printer paper. This will give you a template to follow when adding shading in later steps.


In this step, we are going to add the finishing touches and finish up our drawing!

Start by adding some fur along his back with your pencil, and then use an eraser to remove any excess lines if needed.

I also added a highlight to the top of his eye with a white pencil. This gives additional depth and makes our drawing more believable!

Finally, I went over all my lines with a 4B pencil to darken them and give my dog some extra definition.

In this video tutorial, you can see the steps that were covered in this blog post. I hope this gives you a better understanding of the process and helps you achieve the look you want!

Also Read: How to Draw A Person Sleeping in Bed

How Do You Draw Poses With Guidelines?

Guidelines are very helpful to have on hand as they can help us capture a good pose that we wouldn’t otherwise see.

They also allow us to focus on what’s important and ignore the distraction of the rest of the body or background elements.

Any time you want to capture a good pose, including drawing from life or doing gesture drawings, guidelines can be very useful.

It would help if you kept them on hand at all times to help you break down the body into simple shapes that are easy to draw.

There are many types of guidelines that you should try out for yourself and see how they work best for you.

The Bottom Line

I hope you found this blog post helpful and informative on how to draw a sleeping dog. If not, we have more tutorials that might be of interest to you! 

As you can see, drawing a sleeping dog is not as hard as it seems. All of the steps are easy to follow and will help your dogs sleep better at night!

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