how to draw wolves

How to Draw Wolves

Step 1.

This wolf posture is based on wolves that are standing in a normal posture. This would also fit for wolf characters that have a noble, mighty, or leader quality. 1, the neck is upright and sturdy, this is fairly important when drawing a wolf in a normal stance. 2, a wolf's chest and stomach starts large then thins out subtly to the hind leg. 3, the hocks are the same height as half the foreleg. NEVER draw hocks bent in an awkward curve.

Step 2.

A very important posture of the wolf is “hunched”. This applies to canines that are preying, running, or having a powerful force of pressure blowing at them (storm, wind, snow). The neck curves outward into the base of the head. The fur surrounding the base of it's face is a bit closer to the neck. You should be able to see more definition of the shoulder blade as well.

Step 3.

Now, I know lots of canine artists have problems with drawing the paws and legs of a wolf overall. People tend to draw the arm connecting to the paw, perfectly straight and inaccurate. To fixate this problem, add a slight bump (in reality called the “Radius”) that evens out when at the base of the paw. 3,Most animals have a “dew paw”, this is the smaller paw finger that lays diagonally from the Radius of the foreleg. 1, you should be able to see the pads underneath the paws a bit. Nails are also subtly visible in this view. 4, when looking at a paw from the front view, you should see most of the nails. All the nails are perfectly leveled and even with each other. To make this perspective more realistic, add a few defining lines to make those paw fingers “pop”.

Step 4.

Here is some different types of noses that you may want to choose for your wolf drawing. There is front view, 3/4 view, and side view.

Step 5.

Four different eyes to choose from here. I sort of took my time drawing out these eyes because the eyes of a wolf is one of the more important aspects of these animals. The two top eyes are sketches of a wolf eye from the side, and 3/4 view. The two bottom eyes, are from the side and back view. almost like the wolf is turning around to see behind them. And the last eye is a full frontal view.

Step 6.

1, a bit of the side of the ear overlaps the inner side of the ear. This is important when viewing a wolf from a slight ¾ view. 2, you should see bits of fur visible when looking at a wolf from this view. It usually protrudes from the ear. 3, the background ear is generally smaller then the foreground ear. This should be drawn thinner without any hint of the inner side. 4, notice how the tissue line separates the inside of the ear, and how there is space between both lines.

Step 7.

1, drawing the mouth of a wolf can be slightly difficult because of the mistakes on making it look like a deer's snout. The ¾ lower jaw should be pushed back to where it's aligned with the first nostril. Also, shade the mouth a bit darker as well. 2, when your viewing a wolf from the ¾ view, the fur starts expanding from the nose to ear. Most artists find it hard trying to make a wolf look pure wolf due to the furry cheeks these animals have. Make light and swift strokes when drawing these furry sides. 3, the eyebrows should be drawn lightly and not too toned. They curve inwards as well. 4, if you've been drawing dogs a lot, you'll find out that drawing a wolf differs from that. Once you've gotten to the base of the skull, you'll notice that there is more fur on top of it. Add an inch more of fur above their head.

Step 8.

Let's finally get started shall we? First draw the shapes for the heads, and then add the shapes for the muzzles, or snouts. Add the facial guidelines and the lining for the ears.

Step 9.

You will now begin sketching out the snouts in detail like you see here, and then add the lining for the eyes. Once that is done, draw in the nose shape.

Step 10.

Okay, sketch out the shapes of the furry head paying close attention to the cheeks, and neck. Finish drawing in the eyes, and then add some detailing on the brow of the wolf. AS for the wolf above, begin sketching out the ears, cheeks, muzzle, neck, and nose.

Step 11.

For your last drawing step, all you have to do is finish sketching out the head, and ears like so, and then finish sketching out the necks. Add the detailing for the fur, and then start erasing all the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.

Step 12.

Here is the wolves when they are all done. From here you can choose to draw out their bodies, or leave them how they are. Color them in and that's it.

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Uploaded: September 3, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 12
Updated: September 3, 2010
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Artist comments

Well, Teton wanted it, so I made it. I watched the Youtube video that member Teton submitted on "how to draw wolves", and I have to say it was good. Although I know she didn’t actually draw the wolves herself, but it’s nice that she uploaded the video because it gave me the idea to do one of my own. As some of you may know, I love wolves, and I also love drawing wolves. Sometimes when my dog snarls because he is about to growl or attack my cat or puppy (playfully), he reminds me of one of these canines. Apart from showing you how to draw your own wolf, you will also recieve some helpful tips on the many parts of the animals body. There is a certain way that the eyes, nose, mouths, snouts and all that jazz should be drawn, and I hope that my drawing on some of the more important aspects of the wolf, will aid you in to sketching out your own version a whole lot easier. I had a blast with this lesson, and yes it did take me forever. Unlike the main image shows, I will actually be teaching you how to draw two wolf heads instead of one. There is a side view, and a front facing view. If you want to add a body on your animal, go ahead and do so. I guess I’ll be on my way because there isn’t much more for me to say since I think I said everything there is about the wolf. I mean, I do have a bunch of different lessons on this forest animal that is sacred to Native Americans, and loved by everyone else. Peace out ya’ll!