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How to Draw Dogs + Entertain Children



Meet Sir Lancelot, the playful pup, beagle and part-time inhabitant of my couch. Read on for a fun step-by-step on how to draw a beagle!

Dog staring out the window

Photos by Heather Linder

Lance, as he's known 'round these parts, is a rescue from a local animal shelter who won us over with his curiosity and ability to give paw shakes. The little guy will do anything for a belly rub or a piece of chicken, and he spends most of his days asleep on a warm blanket/pillow/human. When not napping, he enjoys long walks, staring out the window into downtown and chasing racquetballs around our apartment. He, like most Chicagoans, has an unparalleled hatred of pigeons.

Lance is gentle, loyal and extremely snuggly. He also likes to take part in my art projects, largely by sniffing all supplies with his houndy nose and licking anything he suspects might be delicious.

Dog asleep on couch

The big-eared puppy is adored by my little nieces, whom I am constantly seeking new ways to impress. Next time I see the girls, I think I've figured out a way to one-up the video of him barking — I'm going to teach them how to draw beagles.

Nothing gets a 5- and 3-year old excited like making beautiful artwork, and Learn to Draw: Dogs and Puppies combines two of their main interests.

In anticipation of our drawing session I'm practicing to fool them into thinking I'm a beagle sketching pro. The book's how-to-draw lessons are extremely simple and easy to follow, but getting the proportions right definitely takes practice. Here's my best sketch so far.

beagle drawing

Drawing Lance, followed by coloring in his coat and adorning the refrigerator with masterpieces, will be the perfect winter activity to quell the girls' cabin fever and enjoy our favorite canine.

Do you have a furry friend you've incorporated into your art?

Try this fun How to Draw a Beagle step-by-step.

how to draw beagle

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.



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