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Whippet Drawing

Whippet drawing is fun and easy. Find out how to draw your whippet like a pro.





Drawing whippets is a fantastic way to create dog art and learn about dog anatomy.

In fact our small hounds sport a very essential outline, the kind of stylized silhouette most dogs hide under their fur.

Probably no drawing school would ever approve of this easy method and it could be considered a shortcut but it is easy and fun and will give you immediate results.

This technique could be used also to get familiar with the whippet shape before it gets permanently engraved in your neurons and you become so proficient in how to draw dogs that you can do it directly from memory.

Follow these simple steps and in no time your walls will fill with whippet drawing masterpieces.




Whippet Drawing Step by Step

First Step

Choose a whippet photo. For your first experiments, look for a picture with a simple outline, something that doesn't get too tangled up or confusing.




Step Two

Print your photo on paper. In the example below I used white paper to make the process more obvious but actually textured or colored paper give a more accomplished  final result.


Step Three

Reverse the printed sheet of paper, tape it on a window and trace the outline of the dog with a pencil. At this point you'll have the dog's shape reversed on paper.



Step Four

Keeping the original image in front of you for inspiration color the inside of the shape. You can use various techniques: on colored paper, pastels can look quite dramatic or if you used light paper like in the example, watercolor pencils are the easiest option.


Step Five

If you used watercolor pencils, with a wet brush work the color on the dog's drawing.




Step Six

Highlight the picture. This is the fun part: use the darkest black for the eyes and nose and when it is dry, enhance the lightest parts of the body and give the eyes and nose a small touch of white as sparkle.




Et voilà you created your own whippet drawing masterpiece!



How to Draw Dogs the Easiest Way

Upload your favorite picture on a photo editor, brush it up and convert it in a watercolor, sketch or oil color and have fun with it. Look at my picture after the transformation.





More Whippet Art

Click here to find all about whippet and greyhound statues

Pierre-Jules Mêne is the most famous author of bronze whippets. Find out here about his life and work.

Check out this collection of great whippet art.



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