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Step 20: Use the last line under the body as a guide to draw the visible portion of the puppy's other hind leg.


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Step 21: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the body. Use quick, short strokes along the outer edges of the initial guides. Draw a series of quick, short strokes around the guide line on the top right to create the puppy's tail.


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Step 22: For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.


How to Draw a Cute German Shepherd Puppy Dog

Final Step: Add some shading to your German shepherd drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Don't worry about shading too smoothly. The rough value gives the coat a furry texture.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the puppy so it doesn't appear to be floating.

You can add even more value throughout your drawing for extra detail. You can also skip this step entirely for a white shepherd puppy. Use a dark value for the muzzle and around the eyes, and a lighter value for the rest of the head. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value.

As you shade the German shepherd's body, use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Separate each individual stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and creates a fur-like texture. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Use a dark value for the rest of the body, except for the underside.

If you have a pet German shepherd or a similar breed, try to duplicate its coat pattern on your drawing. You can shade your puppy differently if you'd like or even color it! It's always a good idea to use reference as you draw. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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