How to Draw a Realistic Wolf

Two Parts:Drawing a Realistic Standing WolfDrawing a Realistic Howling Wolf

Wolves are a popular and fun subject to draw for both seasoned artists and amateurs alike. Wolves are present in popular culture, and prevalent in certain subcultures. They can be used in comics, fan art, landscape realism, or any other number of categories. Whatever your use for a realistic wolf is, this article aims to show you how to draw just that.

Part 1
Drawing a Realistic Standing Wolf

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    Draw a circle lightly. You will have to erase after.
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    Add an ear at the back of the circle. Go forward and start making "tufts" of fur. Go down about halfway and draw a muzzle that goes out about half an inch then goes down in a curve to the bottom of the circle. You can make the mouth any way you want like a smiley inside the curve. Also add a nose (small triangle).
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    Erase the circle and add the neck scruff and the front legs and paws.
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    Add some paws. Draw a leg and (lightly) two circles.
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    Outline the circle while adding a flat bottom to them. Add another "toe" and bring the bottom out a little and bring it up.
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    Add the back of the head, start the back and add the front leg muscle.
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    Draw the belly and the back legs. Then starting from the back draw the tail and connect it to the ending point of the leg.
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    Draw the legs behind the legs you have already drawn. All you really do is outline the "front" legs. The paws don't have to be as detailed.
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    Add the eye and the shadows on the "back" legs and the "back" ear. You are done! You can color it any way you want. If it is a realistic wolf try to use colors like brown, gray, black or white. You can even use two or more colors at once! If you are doing a wolf that is "made up" you can use colors as you wish, just try not to go overboard.

Part 2
Drawing a Realistic Howling Wolf

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    Gather all the necessary materials like paper, pencil, pencil sharpener and eraser gum. For coloring, you can chose from colored pencils, crayons, markers or watercolors. Use quality paper so your color will come out nicely.
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    Start with a triangle. This will be the basic shape for the wolf.
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    Draw two circles at the top angle of the triangle. Make them in the shape of an 8.
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    Draw two curve lines for the neck.
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    Continue with a big oval. This will be the body.
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    Add legs. For the legs, see the image for reference.
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    Draw a long oval and attach it to the end of the big oval. This will be the tail.
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    Detail the drawing, start with the head. The wolf has the same structure as a dog, mostly the German shepherd.
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    Continue with the base of the neck and the back.
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    Draw the front legs. Look at the illustration for reference.
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    Use curves lines for the back legs and the tail, make it ragged.
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    Erase the extra lines, refine the drawing and add the background.
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    Color the drawing. The wolf's usual color is grey.
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    Add shading and make the fur visible.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Try not to go overboard with the colors. One to three colors is sufficient.
  • Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
  • If you get frustrated, take a break. Come back with a new mind and look at your drawing with a different perspective. Stop when you feel you are done.
  • Erase all you need.
  • Choose colors that complement each other. Try not to do a dark blue and red. Maybe try different shades of blue.

Things You'll Need

  • A sharp pencil
  • Good eraser, eraser gum
  • Clean paper
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Colored pencils, crayons, markers or watercolors, if coloring


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Categories: Drawing Animals