It's the holiday season, so here's a tutorial on how to draw a cute Christmas themed cartoon dog! This would look perfect in the corner of a Christmas card, with him smiling up at whatever kind wishes you're sending to your friends and family this year.
Because this is a cartoon dog, I played with the shapes a lot to make him look appealing and fun. There are few straight lines, and when there are straight lines they're set up to properly contrast with the curved liens for some visual interest. I also worked a lot with contrasting sizes, including sizes within shapes. Many shapes have a large end and a tapered end, which is more interesting than just being the same shape throughout. For example, look at how the dog's torso is skinnier toward the top, and wider at the base. It's nothing very extreme (if it was more extreme he'd look fat, which could also be fun), it's just enough for his torso to not look like a plain rectangle or something of that sort.
In general, I prefer to make the bottoms of shapes be bigger than the tops. This gives them a feeling of weight. Another way to make sure the dog feels appropriately weighty is to make sure the lines of his feet on the ground are straight enough. If it doesn't look like he's really putting weight on his feet, make the lines for the bottoms of the feet straighter, especially if the foot is seen in a side view.
This was drawn in MyPaint using a digital HB pencil. However, it could also be drawn in other programs like Photoshop, Corel Painter, Autodesk SketchBook, Paint Tool Sai, Gimp, or Corel Painter Sketch Pad. And of course, it can be drawn traditionally with a #2 pencil, Derwent art pencils, Faber-Castell PITT pens, Copic markers, Crayola markers, Crayola crayons, General's charcoal or charcoal pencils, Prismacolor color pencils, and more. Try different mediums and see what you like best.
Video Music track-
"Dream on This Side" by Ivan Chew ("RamblingLibrarian") on CCMixter.org: http://ccmixter.org/files/ramblinglibrarian/35789
Licensed as Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0.
Intro/Outro Music Track-
"Sunshine" by Kevin MacLeod on Incompetech.com
Licensed as Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0
Intro/Outro After Effects Template by Remi Brandt