Today we’ll be learning how to draw Courage the Cowardly Dog– one of my favorite cartoons as a child. Unlike his name, Courage is actually a perpetually scared dog who always finds himself saving his owners, Muriel and Eustace as soon as creepy things start coming after them.
Let’s get started!
To get Courage started, we’ll first need to draw a large bean shape which will become the bulk of his body.
As you can see from the image on the left, this bean shape curves outward to the left just slightly.
Next, draw the outline of Courage’s mouth and nose, about 1/3 the way down his body.
Next, give Courage two very large oval eyes, and draw the bottom half of his mouth. Erase all the overlapping lines as you go.
Next, draw in Courage’s pupils in his eyes, and give him two thin, upward curved eyebrows.
We can also draw Courage’s ears in this step. You can see that his ears start of thinnest near his head, and widen as they move outward.
Arms and legs are often difficult features to draw on both cartoons and realistic characters. But, Courage is the exception to this rule.
Looking at the photo on the left, draw Courage’s very simple arm with a sort of clover-like shape for his paw.
Repeat the previous step exactly for Courage’s other arm and legs, and give him a small tuft for a tail.
By now, Courage is just about complete. All that’s left to do is to draw in the final details, like a couple whiskers, a large spot on his back, and a couple curved lines under his eyes.
Color Courage his pale shade of purple, and add him to your collection!