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Blocking In The Sketch - Orienting the Features
beginning the dog drawing
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When drawing a dog's portrait, I first sketch a line to show the center of the face, making sure it runs between the ears and eyes and through the middle of the nose. Check that the angle matches your source photo. Notice a slight outward curve in the line through the dog's eyes - this is to pick up the sight outward turn of the eyes, with the higher corners. They aren't completely forward on the head. This will vary depending on the breed of dog. I also sketch the curve at the tip of the nose, finding the spot where the plane changes, and the mouth and chin. Now I should be able to keep the features lined up as I draw!