How to Draw a Running Wolf

Wolves are one of the largest members of the dog family. They are beautiful powerful creatures with a distinctive howl. Learn how to capture this beauty by drawing a running wolf.


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    Start by drawing basic shapes that form the body of the running wolf. A wolf's body is also similar to that of the human form.
    • Draw the front and the hind leg of the wolf (in red outline) before drawing the 2 remaining legs (marked in blue) at the back/
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    You can now start adding details on the wolf's tail. Use the outline as basis on how the fur is distributed. delete the lines marked in green as they will be covered by the wolf's fur.
    • The fur on the tail is usually moving against the direction where the wolf is running to. Its spread and its form should also be affected by its speed and the wind present in the environment.
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    Draw the details of the wolf's legs. Start with the two prominent legs (marked in red) before the other 2 (marked in blue) as most of their parts are hidden. Also erase the lines marked in green to avoid further confusion.
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    You can now draw the details on the dog's head. Follow the lines when drawing the eyes and the nose to make sure it is properly proportioned. Also erase the guides (marked in green) afterwards.
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    Add lines for the fur. Consider how it will form when interacting with the wind, gravity, and the wolf's movement.
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    You can now start coloring your drawing. Never forget to consider a light source to make it look more realistic.
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  • Also consider the proper illustration of the wolf's fur as it will greatly make your drawing more realistic. Always remember that the direction of the fur will always go against the direction the body part is going to.
  • Wind also affects the fur's position as well as gravity. Depending on the environment the running wolf is in, you should think about whether these two elements provide strong or subtle changes to the wolf's fur.

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