Fetch A Golden Retriever

My mom asked me to draw her dog for a phone case. I’ve already drawn a dog, but really, I drew my dog, because if I’m going to draw a dog, why wouldn’t I draw my own?


Other than the obvious canine features, my mom’s dog looks nothing like mine. Her dog looks like this:


He’s a purebred golden retriever that my parents rescued from the pound who got him from a raided puppy mill. They figure he’s about five to six years old and he spent his whole life in a cage, because people are horrible. But, his story has a happy ending. He went from a cage to a lake with a yard and a boat (pictured), and my parents who love him to death. Lucky dog.

My mom wanted a new phone case for her new phone, but being picky, she wanted her dog, not mine, so today, I’m going to draw a golden retriever. This is her Christmas present. Who knew that, as an adult, I’d still be giving my mom homemade presents like I did as a kid? At least this is more practical than a macaroni necklace.

As usual, I start with the largest part of the animal first. It could almost be his feet since they are enormous, but it’s his body.

Screen shot 2015-12-13 at 10.36.49 AMSince I’m primarily drawing this for a phone case, I’m going to draw him vertically, so he’s sitting. Look at me, all planning ahead and shit.

Now for some legs. I drew a slapdash hind leg, which needed work. Then I remembered that I’ve already drawn a dog leg, so I stole my dog’s leg and copied it in there.
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I forgot to take a screen shot of drawing the front legs, but you get the idea. I drew one, then copied it and put it behind the body for the other. I need to futz with the hind leg a little, so it fits on my mom’s dog.

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Perfect. I took a right leg and turned it into a left leg. I’m so clever.  Now for the toes…

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You may have noticed that those toes are orange. That’s because I stole them from my tiger:

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I left the tiger claws on the tiger though. This isn’t that kind of dog.

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We have a perfectly good dog body. Excellent. Now for a head.

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Hmm. He looks more like a duck or a platypus than a dog at the moment. Let’s keep going.

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Draw one half then copy, paste, flip. He looks a little dinosaury.

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I filled in the mouth and gave him a nose. Now he looks like a surprised dinosaur. Oh my!

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And a tongue. He’s definitely looking more dog-like.

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And some eyes. Yup. That’s definitely a dog. He’s still missing some trademarked golden retriever floppy ears.

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Perfect! That’s a dopey/happy golden head if I’ve ever seen one. Put it on the body and see how he looks.

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Aww. That’s cute and I think it captures the essence of my mom’s dog since he is always smiling.

He needs a tail. And guess what? Theft again! I stole his tail from my wolf.

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Since this dog is sitting, I think I’ll have it sweep around his front.


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Better. To make him furry, I’m going to have to draw all sorts of essentially less than and greater than signs all over him.

Screen shot 2015-12-13 at 4.22.45 PMAnd there we have our wolf/tiger/golden retriever. He’s looking pretty fuzzy.

Once again, I forgot to take a screenshot before I added the color. I’m not very good at remembering to screenshot between steps.

Originally, I left the wolf shading on the tail and I was going to shade the rest, but after drawing all those squiggles, I lazied out and decided to do him uni-color. Since he’s very cartoonish, I think he looks fine without shading.

I asked my mom what color she wanted as a background and she said blue (because he’s a boy dog–very creative, mom), so here he is:

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Doing this got me thinking that perhaps I should do a whole bunch of different breeds since there are a lot of different dogs in the world and only one of mine. What dog breeds do you think I should draw?