Search This Blog

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bull Dog Draw-a-Long

A few posts back I said I was going to write out the script for the bull dog Draw-a-long. These are the steps I use when doing it with the younger grades. As you can see they are very precise, which is important for every learner to be able to follow along and be successful. This lesson builds confidence because they are so EXCITED when they finished to see a dog that looks so realistic. The open ended background allows for SO much creativity to happen. This is a great drawing exercise for any grade level k-5th! 

Get your pen ready and HAVE FUN! 
I would LOOOOVEEEEEE to see your finished bulldogs to add to the bottom of this post!! Send them to 
Be sure to color ALL of your background!  :-) 

1. Begin with a line at the top with a little wrinkle. IT should be longer than your finger 

                    2. Then draw two diagonal lines about the same length as your finger

 3. Then draw two lines at the top. One long and one short

 4. Then connect the lines with a letter "V" and draw a small line from the head to the "V"

5. The begin the eyes close to the BOTTOM of the ears. NOT inside the forehead. First Draw a tiny rainbow, Papa circle (iris), Mama circle(pupil), and baby circle (reflection of light).

 6. shade in the mama circle (pupil) black and draw the "smiley" line under the eye

 7. draw a wrinkle like an upside down "T" right above the eyes (not under the eyes) and make a huge rainbow that touches BOTH eyes AND the wrinkle.

 8. Draw a "follow the leader line" right under the rainbow (very close to the rainbow)for a wrinkle. Then make the nose as big as the eye, starting with a sideways curly letter "C"

 9. draw the bottom of the nose like a letter "V" and a tiny line in the middle. 

10. Then draw a tiny line under the nose. Then draw a tiny letter "A" 

11. then make two tiny tiny rainbows under the "A"

12. Then make the "A" bigger and draw a "smiley" line for the bottom of the tongue

 13. now draw a line from the "A" downward  and back up towards his eye, and make a little smiley line.

 14. draw a "follow the leader line" from one smiley under the tongue and back to the other smiley to make the inside of his mouth

 15. now fill it in black and the tiny part of the letter "A". Also add the wrinkles above the eyes and on the forehead

 16. Now draw the outside of his face beginning back up at the original diagonal line we started with, all the way down, following the leader, under his lips, make a slight dip for his chin and back up the other side to the other diagonal line

17. Now make a dash line all the way around his neck

18. draw the spikes beginning in the middle and coming out through the open dashes

 19. now draw a line from half way up his head all the way down to the bottom of the paper on both sides for his body

 20. YAY You finished!! Now you can color him and create an interesting background using something you have learned this year! (fun letters, puzzles, one point perspective, checker boards, op art,fun fonts, graffiti, etc)


  1. So because I'm obsessed with everything you do, I've already done this bulldog lesson with three classes. (the day I saw it I figured out a step by step and have used it with grade 1, 1/2 and 1/2.) They'll be colored next week and I'll for sure send you pix!! It's funny how different your step by step is from mine - I did all head first, to nose, mouth, eyes, ears.

    Love this idea!!

  2. Fantastic! I have a "Cool Canines and Fantastic Felines" summer art class this will be Perfect for. Thanks Natalie!

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    1. I can't believe I just recently discovered your blog! You have really fantastic projects and ideas. I'm also an art teacher. Thank you so much for taking the time to post such an awesome guided drawing! (oops, sorry for the previous delete!)

  4. This is fantastic!!! Thank you so much for all the steps. Like Mary, I am going to kick off my art camp with this project. Awesome! Thank you!

  5. Hello! Thank you so much for these step-by-step instructions. We just finished an art project in my club using these steps for our British Bulldog project. Feel free to check out some of the work we came up with (with you credited of course):

    Thanks again :)


  6. I have always enjoyed having one of the large dog breeds and it wasn’t until my brother brought home a Beagle puppy from college that I had ever had any real contact with a little dog. It’s not that I don’t like little dogs, there are some really cute small dog breeds, and it’s just that I have grown so accustomed to having one of the large dog breeds that I can’t imagine having other type puff dog. Looking for large dog breeds for families Wondering what large dog breeds are good with kids or would be good for apartments Find out here A complete list of large dog breeds


  7. This is the most beautiful post ever. Thank you for sharing this .In our city there is a man with a beautiful website advertising home raised designer breed puppies. He lives in a beautiful neighborhood and lives in an expensive home. He gets the pups from a puppy mill and resells them to the locals, splitting the profits with the mill owners. He only incriminated himself when he bragged to coworkers how it played for his yearly vacations. Looking for large dog breeds for families Wondering what large dog breeds are good with kids or would be good for apartments Find out here A complete list of large dog breeds


Total Pageviews