How to Draw a Rough Collie Dog Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Rough Collie Dog step-by-step.

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To draw this Long-Haired Collie step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

Below you can watch a Narrated step-by-step video tutorial:

For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

How to Draw a Rough Collie Dog Side View 1

Step 1: Start by drawing two circles as guides for the rough collie dog's body. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine its height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rim of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the sizes of the circles. Don't draw them too far apart or the body will be too long.

How to Draw a Rough Collie Dog Side View 2

Step 2: On the top, right side, draw a smaller circle as a guide for the rough collie's head. This circle should be about one-fifth the size of the body circle that's on the right. To the right of the head circle, draw a curved line as a guide for the muzzle. This line should be similar to an upside-down arc.

How to Draw a Rough Collie Dog Side View 3

Step 3: Draw a sloping line across the entire head. This is a construction guide that will help you place the collie's facial features later on. On top of the head, draw two small arcs as guides for the ears. Under each body circle, draw an angled line as guides for the legs. Bend the lines to indicate where joints and feet will be. The line for the hind leg on the left should bend more in the middle than the line on the right for the front leg.

How to Draw a Rough Collie Dog Side View 4

Step 4: Connect the head to the body using a couple of curved lines to create the guide for the rough collie's neck. The line on the left should be more curved than the line on the right. Connect the body circles using curved, horizontal lines to finish the guide for the torso. On the left side, draw a curved, vertical line as a guide for the tail.

That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a rough collie dog.

How to Draw a Rough Collie Dog Side View 5

Step 5: Inside the head, draw a small circle for the dog's eye. Use the sloping line as a guide to help you position the eye inside the head. The shape of the eye should be similar to a diamond. Inside the eye draw two small circles for the pupil and for a highlight. Shade in the pupil. Draw a few lines around the eye for fur. On the tip of the muzzle, draw a triangular shape as a guide for the nose. Use curved lines on the left side to create the nostril and short strokes at the top for a furry texture. Sketch lightly at first and only darken the lines when you get the shape right.

How to Draw a Rough Collie Dog Side View 6

Step 6: Use the arcs on top of the head as guides to draw the collie's ears. Darken the arcs using a series of short strokes to create the fur around the ears. Curve the tops of the shapes so that the tips of the ears are folded down. Under the nose, draw a line that curves to the left for the mouth. Add a couple more lines along the path of the initial arc-like guide to create the rest of the muzzle.

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