Do you love dogs? Do you want to be able to draw them but don’t know where to start? Australian Shepherds are a beautiful breed of dog, and this tutorial is going to show you how easy it can be to sketch out one of your own. So grab a pencil and paper, and let’s get started!


Six Unique Ways to Draw an Australian Shepherd

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Drawing an Australian Shepherd sounds like an intimidating task for someone who doesnt feel confident in their drawing skills. Luckly, there are many people who can quickly teach us how to quickly and accurately draw an Australian Shepherd, Mini American Shepherd, or a Toy Australian Shepherd.

1) Drawbook’s Approach

Drawbook’s approach to drawing an australian shepherd is simple – Using sharpies, the artist was able to create a an easily-identifiable cartoon-styled drawing of an Australian Shepherd. If you’re trying to create a cartoon-styled drawing, watch this quick tutorial.

2) ArtForAll’s Approach

ArtForAll approaches drawing an Australian Shepherd a bit differently. Using mostly markers, the artist was able to create a beautiful tri-colored Aussie. If you’re going after this type of style, watch the below tutorial.


3) ArtXOne’s Approach

ArtXOne shows us how to easily create a mono-color (almost silhouette style) of creating an Australian Shepherd drawing. Using a single black marker, the artist in this video walks us through the step-by-step process of creating this style masterpiece.


4) Messer Creations’ Approach

If you like to include lots of minor details in your artwork, take a look at Messer Creations’ approach to drawing an Australian Shepherd. This artist does a wonderful job drawing a curious Australian Shepherd from scratch.

5) Jeff Copland Art’s Approach

Jeff Copland Art’s YouTube video shows us how they approach sketching an Australian Shepherd with a happy smile and a clear personality.  There is a lot of detail in this video and there is also a part two to see the further evolution of this drawing.

6) Moshley Drawing’s Approach

Moshley Drawing show us the easy way to draw a cartoon-focused Australian Shepherd on a blank white piece of paper.  Learn the step-by-step approach that this artist uses in crafting a beautiful and easily-identifiable drawing of an Australian Shepherd.

Tips For Drawing An Aussie

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What You’ll Need

You’ll need a few tools to draw your first Australian Shepherd. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll likely need to get started:

  • A pencil, sharpie, marker(s), or colored pencil(s)
  • A sheet of paper
  • An eraser
  • A reference photo (optional, but recommended)

Breaking The Drawing Process Down

Step 1: Start by Drawing the Head

Use a light pencil to sketch in the general shape of the head. You can use a reference photo to help you with this step.

Step 2: Next, draw the Ears

Start at the top of the head and draw two triangular shapes for the ears. Then, draw a line down the center of each ear.

Step 3: Draw the Eyes

Place the eyes just below the ears, making sure that they are symmetrical. Then, draw a small circle in each eye for the pupil.

Step 4: Draw the Nose

The nose should be placed between the eyes. Start by drawing a small circle for the nose, then add two lines on either side for the nostrils.

Step 5: Sketch in the Mouth

Draw a curved line beneath the nose for the upper lip, and another line beneath that for the lower lip. Then, add some details inside the mouth such as teeth and a tongue.

Step 6: Draw the Neck & Body

Starting at the bottom of the head, draw a long rectangle for the neck and chest area. Then, add two lines on either side for the legs. Finally, sketch in a tail at the back end.


There you have it! You have now learned how to draw an Australian Shepherd step by step. This breed of dog is known for being intelligent and loyal, making them a great pet choice for many families. With some practice, you will be able to draw this breed perfectly!