Free Drawing Tutorial – Whippet

For this short tutorial, all you will need is a HB pencil, a sheet of paper and an eraser.


1. Begin by drawing the circle and egg shape as shown. Try to be as accurate as possible with spacing and size.


2. Add two more shapes, again taking care with position and size.


3. Draw in the lines shown to mark the neck, back and belly.


4. Add shapes for the ears and muzzle.


5. Draw the legs. Take time to note their width, shape and length. Notice the straightness of the front legs, and the sharp angle at which the hind legs bend at the hock.


6. Erase the guide line on the face and add the nose and eyes.


7. Draw the mouth, and redefine any areas that might look ‘odd’, for example the top of the snout.


8. Erase any remaining guide lines on the face and gently with the side of your pencil add shading to the face to define areas such as inner ear, cheeks, nose, etc. Simple lines will mark the creases of the inner ear and slight furrow on the forehead.



9. After erasing guide lines on the chest and neck, draw in lines as shown to define muscle and shape.


10. Erase any further guide lines. Draw in the tail.


11. Complete the drawing by adding further detail on the legs and paws, shading and darker areas on the body and redefining any lines which may have been lost while erasing the guide lines.
Best of luck with this short tutorial, feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments at

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Published by gillianussherart

I am a pet and wildlife artist, originally from Ireland but now based in Frome, England with my husband and children, two rescue dogs Rua the Hungarian Vizsla and Ogie the blind terrier, and Jet the cat. I take commissions for pet portraits and draw original animal art, most of which is sold as fine art prints and art cards. I also teach others how to draw through online classes and short courses available through my website. I have been working as a full time artist for many years, and have fulfilled hundreds of pet portrait commissions. My client base is international, and I ship worldwide for free. My work has been featured in publications such as Dogs Today Magazine, Dogs Monthly, The Guardian, Talented Ladies Club and Country Living Magazine. I support animal charities whenever I can, by regularly donating art to various rescue group fundraisers, donating 20% of income from prints to various breed specific rescues and providing wildlife rescues and rehabilitations centres with original art to fundraise and create merchandise. If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning art, or if you just want to connect, you can contact

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