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How to draw a dog-muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

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The dog-muzzle will have more detail to draw than any other part of the face. Especially if the mouth is open.

You’ll have to contend with the teeth, the tongue and the jowls. Take your time in this area. Make sure that your outline is accurate. Get all the little details.

Like everything else, start with the outline.

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

Reffering to your original, add the full and 3/4 tones. There is a lot of detail in this area so place the tones correctly.

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

Shade and blend the dog-muzzle with your tortillion.

Concentrating on one piece of the muzzle at a time, use the kneaded eraser to add the high-lights. When working on the teeth, shade them lightly. Roll the eraser into a point and remove the shading. Never just leave them white.

Careful blending is the key. Add the high-lights to the tips of the jowls with the point of the eraser.

The tongue can be completed with a dirty tortillion. Shade the entire tongue lightly. Add the shadows and other 1/2 tones with the tortillion. Use the eraser to create the lighter areas.

Use the tortillion to smooth everything together lightly. No harsh lines should be dividing the details

Keep going over the dog-muzzle until you get it right.

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

Here’s another doberman.

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

Here you can see how the very dark mouth interior accents the teeth and tongue. Contrasting tones.

The detail in the jowls was added with the eraser.

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

Most of the detail in the mouth of this corgi is more subtle than the doberman. The lights against the darks compliment each other nicely.

The dark jowl next to the lighter tongue and teeth look great. The lower teeth are fromed by using a dirty tortillion and shading directly above and between them. You are actually drawing the teeth using shadows.

The shadow directly above the teeth also gives the mouth some depth. Also notice the slight shadow just below the upper mouth line. All these details will be on your original. Look for them and add them to your drawing.

This Corgi also has whiskers. Shade the sides of the muzzle lightly. Using the sharp edge of the eraser make quick strokes in the direction of the whiskers. Dragging down into the dark area. Add a few quick, whispy strokes with the pencil to create a few darker whiskers.

Here’s an example of a closed mouth.

How to draw a dog muzzle and other facial features in pencil?

See how the darker shadows just under the upper lip create a nice, three dimensional effect.

Drawing a realistic dog-muzzle will add so much realism to your drawing. Just take your time and get it right.