Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a St. Bernard" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the St. Bernard's body. First draw some marks for the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. The circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. If you do want a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a glass, a coin or anything else circular.
The circle on the left should be smaller than the one on the right. Don't draw the circles too far apart, otherwise your St. Bernard will be too long. Leave enough room on the sides and bottom for the dog's head, tail and legs.
Step 2: Draw a square on the top, right side as a guide for the St. Bernard's big, blocky head. First draw four marks to indicate the height and width of the square, then close the shape using straight lines. The square should have rounded corners and be slightly tilted to the left.
Step 3: Draw two intersecting lines (one vertical and one horizontal) inside the head. These are construction lines that will help you place the St. Bernard's facial features later on.
Step 4: Draw a small triangle on the top, left side of the head as a guide for the St. Bernard's ear. First draw a short, somewhat vertical line on the top, left side of the dog's head. Then add an angled line, similar to a less-than sign (<), to the left.
Step 5: Draw four lines under the St. Bernard's body (two below each circle) as guides for the legs. Slightly bend the lines for the front legs near the bottom for the joints and at the tips for the feet. Bend the lines for the hind legs closer to the middle. St. Bernards are big dogs, so the lines should be pretty long.