This is a normal state. Pay attention to the jaw joint and how the mouth covers the teeth. This is a relaxed state. The animal may be panting after some physical effort, it may “smile” this way, but sometimes it also means the animal is nervous.
Again, take a look at the jaw joint. The lower teeth are only partially visible because they’re covered with a characteristic wide, bumpy lower lip (only canines have this structure). This is a wolf opening its mouth in a relaxed way, for example to eat something.
Notice how loose skin of the mouth still covers the upper teeth. This is a howling wolf. Imagine it as a wolf “duck-face”—the lips are contracted to create a small passage for the air in the front.
This wolf is angry or just wants to look intimidating. Although the jaws are closed, it can show its teeth by pulling up the lose skin of the mouth (along with the nose). The upper gums can be visible, but just in the front.
Notice wide open eyes! This is the same state with the mouth open. Compare it with no. 3.
Add the ears and the tail. The tail should reach the heels, and it’s usually kept straight, with only very subtle curl allowed.
Wolves can have a variety of colors, but they generally follow a certain rule of coloration. The underside is bright, white or creamy, then there’s a medium colored area in the middle, and then it meets a dark top. There’s often a highly saturated area right below the dark top. The most important areas of fur are outlined in a contrasting way. In the face the colors may accentuate the facial features we’ve talked about earlier. The tail often has a darker tip, and there’s a precaudal gland in the upper half, creating a patch of dark hair, no matter how light the rest of the pelt is. The nose, paw pads, and claws are always dark. The eyes are usually yellow, brown, or orange—only pups can have dark blue eyes.
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Wolves also have a very narrow chest, so they keep their forelegs close, with the paws often splayed outward. The hind legs have a special position too—they’re usually more or less “cow-hocked,” which means the paws are turned slightly outside as well.
Draw the head and make it look furry using small curved strokes.
Draw a circle below the head and connect this to the head using curved lines for the body.
Draw the actual muzzle, using a form of a sack. It should be longer and narrower than in cats.
Draw regular eyes except the pupils, then make them face the direction you want by drawing the pupils in different positions (off to the side, towards the top, etc).
Time for the ears. Surprise here—they’re actually not pointed! Keep them long but rounded.
Draw the rest of the body. Add a few curved strokes on the chest area for a furry look and sketch small slanted lines on the feet to separate the toes.
When you finish your drawing, accentuate the most important parts with darker lines—especially the area around the eyes. This will stress the typical proud look of a wolf and will let you avoid drawing the curious eyes of a dog instead.
Draw the rest of the body adding a few slanted strokes for the fur. Sketch small slanted lines on each foot to separate the toes.
The nose is quite flat in the front, with big holes and a wide back.
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Add details to the face. Draw two almond shapes with a circle inside for the eyes. Draw the nose using a circular shape. Sketch the mouth and draw sharp teeth.
Foxes have long, triangular ears and wolves have short, rounded ears. Remember that wolves don’t actually have ears that are straight up on their head. Their ears are slightly crooked and not too noticeable, unlike the prominent ears of foxes.
Learn how to draw a wolf by following the steps in this tutorial.
To draw the paws, start with general lines describing their position. These lines should be based on the skeleton.
Now you know all about drawing wolves! But it isn’t the end. You need to practice a lot to learn to draw them quickly and easily (without checking this tutorial every time). In order to do it Google some photos of wolves and sketch them using the guidelines I’ve shown you today. In the video below you can see an example of such an exercise preformed in SketchBook Pro. The more you draw this way, the easier it will be for you to draw wolves from imagination and to design new wolf-like creatures.
Finish the paws by covering the pads with fur. Wolf paws are often drawn as very skinny, with an exaggerated anatomy, to make them visibly different from feline paws. However, it’s not necessary—”flat” elongated paws with very long fingers in the middle are enough for a wolf look.
Reveal the bottom of each paw, and add a bigger “sack” on the back.
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Add the rest of the skull. Imagine a big, flattened sphere attached to the muzzle.
Let’s add the details now. The eyes have a very dark outline and they’re covered at the top with “eyelashes.” The pupils are round.
Draw the body by drawing a really sloppy oval.. Draw a bean-shaped elongated oval for the body. Make sure that you are using a pencil for the draft sketch so you can erase it afterwards to make it neat.
Draw the muzzle and joints. Just beside the tail and at the base of the slanted oval, add two circles for the leg joint. For the muzzle, add a smaller oval pointing in the same direction as the neck/head oval.
Add a tear-shaped figure below the muzzle this would be the jaw.
Here’s a few popular color variations, with white being reserved for the Arctic Wolf only. You can modify certain elements to your liking (e.g. add a dark tip of the tail) as long as you stick to the general rules described above. Keep in mind that pups are always born dark and without any markings.
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We all know that wolves have long muzzles and pointed ears, but if you want to draw a realistic wolf head, you need to know more than that.
… then elongate its front to create a thick, fluffy neck. Don’t draw its tip too high over the body!
Draw two sections for each paw: the padded part and the bony part. Wolves are digitrade, which means they walk on their fingers and toes, so that’s how you can imagine it to create a right pose. The forepaws are often larger than the hind ones. Remember about keeping the right perspective.
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Make the head and the paws bigger and add less hair. Then if you want it to be cute, make the eyes bigger and rounder.
Add the tip of the muzzle. Remember to use perspective here.
We all know that wolves have long muzzles and pointed ears, but if you want to draw a realistic wolf head, you need to know more than that. There’s a lot of steps in this process, but you only need to follow me directly once—later you should be able to find your own personal “shortcuts.”
Color your wolf. Depending on the breed, wolves can go in different shades from gray to brown or even white.
Add details to the face. Draw an egg shape for the eyes, add a smaller circle within for the pupils. Draw a curved line for the eyebrows and a circle at the tip of the nose. Sketch three tiny circles at the side of the nose and draw a sharp fang using curved lines.
Additional note: “angry” state can be turned into “fearful” state just by putting the ears back.
It’s okay, progress is not possible without deviation. You can erase and start over or try drawing a thicker version of the wolf and making the first try into a shadow.
Add paws. Add 2 pairs of circles at the end of the flat base of the legs. You should have the basic drawing skeleton now.
Many color variations can be created just by changing the contrast of the colors:
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Wolves are beautiful, noble animals, wild and mysterious. So similar to our domestic dogs, yet unique. And even though we all can recognize a wolf when we see one, drawing them from imagination is a different thing. In this tutorial I will give you all the information you need to know how to draw wolves from memory—from general anatomy, structure of the head and paws, to direction and colors of fur.
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Add the tail on the rear part of the wolf using a curved line.
Add a slightly curved claw to each finger and toe. Remember to keep them blunt!
Let’s take a look at a simplified skeleton of the wolf first. It defines proportions of the parts of the body, so if you can draw it (even in a sketchy way), then you should be able to capture a wolf silhouette correctly every time. The most important feature here are the long legs, with long “hands” and relatively short “feet.”
Add the 2 ovals. One oval should be bigger and longer and should point slanted upward. This is the wolf’s neck and head. The other oval should be drawn on the other end of the body. A long, thinner, vertical oval will be added for the tail.
The classic “almond shape” of the eyes is achieved by adding the dark outline.
The fur around the eyes is very important, because it creates a characteristic wolf glance. These patches are as important as our eyebrows!
If you liked this tutorial, like to draw animals, or are interested in scientific illustration check out other tutorials in this series: How to Draw Cats and How to Draw Big Cats. There’s more to come!
A “one-piece pajama” skin is what makes felines look cat-like. A wolf can be created by following some other rule: a special direction of fur over the body. It may look complicated at first, but if you draw it a few times, you’ll see it’s quite easy to remember.
At this point, your wolf should look already like a wolf, just in its summer coat. Let’s give it a more classic look by adding the mane.
Wolves have whiskers, too! The corner of the lips should be placed near the eye level.
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Finish the neck and add the ears. Draw a two pointed curves on top of the head for the ears. Unlike foxes, wolf ears are smaller. To work out the neck (or the scruff) just draw two slightly curved lines and connect both sides of the head to the bean-shaped body.
Wolf paws look quite long, with the middle fingers/toes being so much longer than the one on the outside. The claws are non-retractable, so they wear out and therefore shouldn’t look too sharp. Just like in felines, front paws have a dew claw (“thumb”, a), and a pisiform pad (a protruding bone on the other side of your wrist, b). Hind paws have only four toes and no dew claws.
Just a normal pencil should work. However, for the shading, you should use a softer pencil.
Draw the nose and the lips. The nose should be quite big. Notice how thin the chin is!
Using a pen, draw on top of your sketch. Put in mind the overlapping lines and parts that should be hidden. Remember to use fuzzy-looking crooked lines to get the wolf’s furry look. The line art might not look perfect and crisp but it should look neat when the pencil is erased.
Of course, you don’t need to draw all the strands every time. Just use the rules to create outlines of all the areas. The most important elements that should be stressed are the neck mane, the shoulder cape, the “butt cape,” and the bushy tail. The rest can be stylized in your preferred way. In fact, if you outline the most important areas, you may not need to draw the rest of fur at all!
Too short muzzle: long muzzles are important canine features Too big eyes: the bigger the eyes, the smaller the animal seems Pointed ears The head is kept unnaturally high Too short body Pointed, curled tail Too wide chest Too muscular legs Sharp claws Round paws Too long feet: this is a feature of hoofed animals That’s All!
Draw a circle. Add two protruding pointed shapes on each side at the top of the circle for the ears. Using curved lines, draw the nose.
Draw the body by drawing an oval.. Draw a bean-shaped elongated oval for the body. Make sure that you are using a pencil for the draft sketch so you can erase it afterwards to make it neat.
Add eyes and tail and finish the hind legs. For the eyes, just add two small tear-shaped figures above the muzzle. Finish the hind leg by adding a similar shape to the one you did earlier but this time, add some small paws at the end of the legs.
The tail is hardly seen because it’s hidden behind the hind legs. Because of that, you can just add a long curvy line at the end of the bean-shaped body. You should have the basic drawing skeleton now.
Complete the legs. Add similar lines to define the width of the wolf legs. The bottom part of the legs should look flat into the ground. Add another pair of legs behind the ones you drew before. Because they are only slightly visible from the view, just draw a small part of them, peeking behind the legs
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If you want to draw a wolf quickly, you can just add fur everywhere. But if you want to achieve a realistic look, use my guide. Keep in mind the ears are always very fluffy inside.
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Wolves are social animals, and they have developed a variety of facial expressions to let their packmates know how they feel. We can use them in drawing to make our wolves more realistic.
Erase the pencil sketch and add details. You can add details like the ears, eyes, mouth, nose, paws, claws and fur. You can also add extra lines to emphasize the paw and the fur.
If you’re doing the standing wolf, draw 2 triangles, then ‘soften’ the edges. Or you could draw an oval, and give a pointed edge. It is your choice.
Add some body to the legs, connecting gently the paws to the shoulder and thigh.
Wolves look very intimidating when they’re so furry, but they’re not always this way. Their summer coat is less impressive, making them more similar to a German shepherd. The areas of fur are still visible, but you can draw them with subtler lines.
Draw the fingers and toes, imagining they’re little sacks filled with something heavy.
In most programs: Click at the beginning, hold the shift key, and click at the end point. (This is in the pencil tool, of course.)
Add joints and head. Draw a circle at the one end of the bean, this will be the head. For the hind joints, draw two overlapping circles. One should be smaller because it’s for the hind leg that is not in full view from the angle.
At around the chest part of the wolf, add a slightly elongated circle for the fore legs.
Finally, finish the silhouette by adding a mane and a shoulder cape.
Add muzzle and legs. For the hind legs, start by drawing curved lines from the leg joint. The lines should bend outwards towards the tail part of the wolf. For the fore legs, you can just add 2 thick lowercase “l”.
Since one of the wolf’s legs is hidden, only a small part of the other leg could be seen. For the muzzle, add a small letter “U” at the head.
Sketch soft slanted strokes on some parts of the wolf’s body, especially on areas usually covered with shadow.
When drawing the wolf, the chin usually is barely seen poking out from beneath the muzzle. It is seen beneath a dark lip, and it is a simple small curve. To aid in visuals, it will help to look at references.
When viewed from profile, it follows the line of the upper jaw, barely passing the mouth before curving into a horizontal line, which then curves into the neck. When drawing a cartoon wolf, however, the chin is often exaggerated with thick spikes of fur hanging down from it.
When drawing this way, the chin is usually about as thick as the upper snout.
Draw a circular shape for the neck area and another one for the body.
Let’s start with a line showing the direction of the muzzle and a line showing the position of the eyes.
Add ear and legs. Because of the angle, only one ear is visible. And to draw this, just draw a small rounded triangle pointing the opposite direction as the muzzle. Add the legs by drawing lines below the leg joints.
The hind leg should bend towards the tail.
Add huge panda-like patches where the eyes will be. Subtly connect them with the muzzle.
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What if my wolf doesn’t look like the one I’m trying to draw?
Now, don’t get me wrong—you don’t need to draw realistic wolves every time, and there are many fantastic styles you can use to draw these animals. However, make sure your stylization is intentional and not based on ignorance. You can recognize a wolf in the picture below, but it’s full of mistakes. Each of them can be used in your drawing, but only if you have a reason for it (for example, short muzzle can be good if you want your character to look cute and friendly). Let’s analyze them one by one:
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Just draw the outline of the “Howling Wolf” from this how to, and color it all black.
Draw three straight lines for the forelegs and a semi-circle for the feet. Add another semi-circle for the hind leg’s foot.
Draw a circle for the head. Add triangle like shapes on each side of the circle for the ears. Draw a curved line in front of the circle for the protruded nose and sketch a crossed line from the circle extending to the nose.
Divide the muzzle into thirds, then divide the upper third into halves. You don’t need to measure them perfectly—just remember that this line on the top should be quite far from the tip of the muzzle.
Please PAUSE the “How to Draw a Wolf (Howling)” video after each step to draw at your own pace. For the first few steps, don’t press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin. Step 1: Draw a circle on the top right side as a guide for the howling wolf’s head.
The circle doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just a guide. Leave enough room at the bottom for the wolf’s body. Step 2: Draw a couple of arcs on top of the head as guides for the wolf’s muzzle. The arc on the right should be thinner and shorter than the one on the left.
Step 3: Draw another small arc on the left side of the head as a guide for the wolf’s ears. Step 4: Draw two bigger circles under the head as guides for the wolf’s body. These circles should be about twice the size of the first circle.
The top circle should be almost directly under the head. The second circle should be off to the left more. Step 5: Draw two lines under the body (one below each circle) as guides for the legs. Bend the lines a bit to indicate joints.
The wolf’s hind legs will be folded, so the line should be nearly flat.
Draw a wolf, except for its legs, from top veiw. Then, draw the front legs straight out and put the paws close together, and make the back legs out slightly and facing the ground. Draw the tail straight out, too.