Step 15: Use the main circle as a guide to draw the rest of the head. Draw a series of short strokes along the path of the circle to create the furry shape of the German shepherd dog's head. As you darken the left side, make the shape thinner. The edge should be closer to the eye than the initial circle. Don't darken the lower edge of the circle. Instead, darken the lines at the bottom to create the neck. Use slightly longer strokes for the longer fur along the dog's neck.
Step 16: Draw a series of short strokes within the shape of the head to emphasize the dog's fur. Use short strokes above the eyes for the brow. This makes the German shepherd dog's face more expressive. Add some strokes on the bottom, right side to give the face more structure. Draw some strokes under the muzzle for the bit of loose skin on the dog's neck.
Step 17: 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.
Final Step: Add some shading to your German shepherd dog drawing for extra detail. Use a dark value for the outer portion of the ears and a medium value for the inner portion. Use a very light value for the middle of the ear. Shade the dog's other ear the same way. Shade using a series of short strokes to simulate the fur. Use a dark value to create a wide band on the forehead. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.
Use a very dark value for the fur around the German shepherd dog's eyes. For the irises, use a medium value at the top and gradually make it lighter toward the bottom. Use a very light value around a small section of the eye on the right. Use a medium value for the fur above the dog's eyes. Use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur.
Use a dark value for the bottom part of the nose and a light value at the top to represent shine. Leave a thin strip over nose basically blank. The section surrounding the nose should be very light. For the dog's muzzle, gradually make the value darker the farther to the right you go. The section to the right of the nose should be very dark. But don't push down too hard on your pencil or you might tear the paper. Use a medium value for the rest of the German shepherd dog's head. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks.
Separate each individual stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and emphasizes the fur-like texture. When you shade , start with a light value so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. Then gradually make it darker. German shepherd dogs can have different coat patterns. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. If you have a pet German shepherd or a similar dog breed, try to duplicate its fur on your drawing. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.
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