How to Draw a Sad Dog

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Learn how to draw a great looking Sad Dog with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial. You can now easily create a beautiful Sad Dog drawing.

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Complete Sad Dog drawing

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"You ain't nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time." - "Hound Dog," song by Elvis Presley

Would you like to learn how to draw a sad dog? This easy canine drawing guide can help you master the sad dog outline.

Basset hounds are known for their long, drooping ears and large, sad-looking eyes. Portraits, banks, figurines, and stuffed animals in the shape of sad Basset hounds have been popular and collectible for over 100 years.

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A Basset hound is the mascot of the Hushpuppies brand of shoes. There are also lots of Basset hounds in cartoons - for example, including Toby from The Great Mouse Detective and Stella from The Princess and the Frog.

Are these sad-looking dogs really feeling sad? Actually, the so-called "puppy dog eyes" is a way of communicating with humans. While the dog may not actually be feeling sad, the muscle movements that make dogs' eyes look large seem to spark a nurturing instinct in us. We want to take care of them.

In humans, sadness is usually expressed in tears. Sad dogs may wimper, lay around, and refuse to play or eat.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Happy Dog Wagging Tail, Puppy, and Shiba Inu.

Easy, step by step Sad Dog drawing tutorial

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Sad Dog

How to Draw a Great Looking Sad Dog for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Sad Dog step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin your sad dog outline by drawing its large, sad eyes. Enclose two irregular round shapes, and shade a partial circle in each. Draw a short curved line above each eye.

Easy Sad Dog Drawing - Step 2

Sad Dog step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Sketch the snout and mouth using a curved "W" shaped line and enclose the irregular nose. Draw three small dots on each side of the nose.

Easy Sad Dog Drawing - Step 3

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3. Draw a short line between the snout and the eye. From the eye, extend a long curved line to form the forehead. At the top of the head, draw a tuft of fur using curved lines that meet at sharp points. Then, draw the dog's floppy ear using a long curved line.

Easy Sad Dog Drawing - Step 4

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4. Enclose the cartoon puppy's remaining ear using a long curved line. Then, draw a curved line above the eye for the brow, at the side of the eye, and overlapping to form the baggy skin of the neck.

Easy Sad Dog Drawing - Step 5

Sad Dog step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Use a series of curved lines to draw the leg and paw. Notice how the lines overlap to form the toes.

Easy Sad Dog Drawing - Step 6

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6. Extend a long curved line from the ear, forming the back, then double it back upon itself to form the paw and rear leg. Detail the paw with short curved lines.

Easy Sad Dog Drawing - Step 7

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7. Draw the remaining forepaw. Extend a curved line and double it back upon itself. Detail the paw with short curved lines.

Add More Details to Your Sad Dog Picture - Step 8

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8. Use curved lines to sketch the remaining rear leg, barely visible between the other legs. Then, draw the puppy's tail. Extend a curved line and double it back upon itself.

Complete the Outline of Your Sad Dog Drawing - Step 9

Sad Dog step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Complete your sad dog outline by drawing irregularly shaped spots on his back.

Color Your Sad Dog Drawing

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Color your cartoon of a sad dog. We've shaded ours brown to resemble a basset hound or a beagle.

For more great Dog drawing tutorials, see the 50 Dog Drawing Ideas for Kids post.

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