How to Draw Snoopy
Use the video and step-by-step drawing instructions below to learn how to draw Snoopy, Charlie Brown's pet dog from Charles M. Shultz's comic strip Peanuts. A new cartoon drawing tutorial is uploaded every week, so stay tooned!
Intro: Start drawing Snoopy with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don't press down too hard. Use light, smooth strokes for sketching.
Step 1: To draw Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy, start with an egglike oval on the top half of the page. Below this oval, draw a shape that looks like a large water drop. These will be the basic shapes for Snoopy's head and body.
Step 2: Next, draw two intersecting lines across the circle, one vertical line and one horizontal. Draw the horizontal line so it curves slightly and meets the top of the body shape. These will be construction lines that will help you place Snoopy's features later on.
Step 3: Now draw Snoopy's ear on the left side of his head below the horizontal construction line. Draw it so it looks like a letter U.
Step 4: Draw Snoopy's arm so it looks like a U shape but slightly longer and on the inside left the body shape.
Step 5: Draw a long, flat oval below Snoopy's body and attach it to his body with two vertical lines. Draw a similar oval that hides behind the first on the right side. Attach this oval to the body by drawing one more vertical line. These will be Snoopy's legs and feet.
Step 6: That's it for the initial sketch of Snoopy, Charlie Brown's pet dog from Charles M. Shultz's comic strip Peanuts! You have the basic Snoopy shape, so now go in and tighten your drawing. From this point on, press harder with your pencil in order to get darker lines and a more defined sketch.
Step 7: Define Snoopy's head shape by following the basic guide for his head, but dip the top right side in toward the center. Darken in his ear, making sure not to draw the part of his head that overlaps his ear.
Step 8: Draw an oval on the left side of the vertical construction line right below the horizontal construction line. Shade it in except for a small oval on the top to represent glare. This will be Snoopy's nose. Draw a wide U-shaped curve near the bottom of Snoopy's head that grazes the edge of his head for his mouth.
Step 9: To the left of the vertical construction line and above the horizontal construction line, draw two circles with curves on top of them that look like the number 6 and shade them in. These are Snoopy's eyes. Above each eye on top of his head, draw a thick curve to represent his eyebrows. Draw the right eyebrow outside of his head.
Step 10: Draw a thick line just below Snoopy's neck to represent his collar. Darken in the shape of his body except for the lower part where his legs are.
Step 11: Tighten the shape of Snoopy's arm and draw two small lines within in it to represent his fingers. On the right side of his body, draw a leaflike shape using a couple of curved lines to make Snoopy's tail.
Step 12: Darken in the shapes of Snoopy's feet, and draw a few vertical lines on the right sides to indicate his toes.
Step 13: Draw an oval-like shape inside Snoopy's ear to indicate the spot he has there and shade it in. Make it a rough spot – don't draw it too perfectly. Draw in another spot in the form of a semicircle in on his back on the left side of his body and shade it in. Draw in another shape where Snoopy's head meets his neck on the right side to indicate his other ear.
Step 14: That's it! You now have a nice sketch of Snoopy, Charlie Brown's pet dog from Charles M. Shultz's comic strip Peanuts. You can stop at this quick drawing for a rough, sketchy look or go for a more finished look by continuing to the step below.
Final Step: For a finished, inked look, carefully go over the final sketch lines with a pen or marker. Wait for the ink to dry, and then get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser. You now have a finished inked drawing of Snoopy! There is no need to color Snoopy because he's a black and white cartoon character. So that's it! You now have a completed drawing of Snoopy, Charlie Brown's pet dog from Charles M. Shultz's comic strip Peanuts.