Step 20: Use the line on the far right side as a guide to draw the dog's second front leg the same way. Start by lightly sketching the shape of the leg around the guide line. When you get the shape of the leg right, darken the lines. Bend the shape near the bottom to indicate where the foot starts. Add a curved line for the French bulldog's toes at the bottom and a couple of small triangular shapes for the nails.
Step 21: Use the line on the far left side as a guide to draw the dog's first hind leg. Lightly sketch the leg around the guide. Bend the shape near the middle for the joint. When you get the shape of the leg right, darken the lines. The leg should be wide at the top and thin at the bottom. Add a short, curved line at the top for the loose skin that connects the leg to the body. At the bottom, draw a couple of lines to split the toes. At the tip of each toe, draw the dog's triangle-shaped nails.
Step 22: Use the last line under the body as a guide to draw the French bulldog's other hind leg the same way. Lightly sketch the leg around the guide and only darken the lines when you get the shape right. Bend the shape of the leg along the guide to indicate the joint. Draw the dog's visible toes at the bottom using curved lines. Add the triangle-shaped nails too.
Step 23: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the dog's body. Darken the outer edges of the guides to create the shape of the body. Add a few overlapping curved lines along the neck for the loose skin. If you made your initial guides too thin or wide, correct them now to give your dog the proper body shape. Add a few more lines within the body to emphasize the loose skin on the neck. On the top, left side, draw a short, curved overlapping line for the French bulldog's stubby tail.
Step 24: For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step: Add some shading to your French bulldog drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the dog so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add even more value throughout your French bulldog drawing for extra detail. Frenchies have different types of coats, so you can shade yours however you'd like. For this fawn look, use a dark value on the muzzle, around the eyes and on the ears. Then use a medium value for the rest of the body. You can also skip this step for a white Frenchie. For a black French bulldog, use a dark value on the entire body.
As you shade the body, use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Shading can be time- consuming, so be patient and take breaks. If you made the value on the body too dark, make the shadows darker too. If you have a pet Frenchie or a similar breed, try to duplicate its coat pattern on your drawing. Please pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace.