Wolves are magnificent creatures that symbolize loyalty, spirit, trust, and guardianship. The ability of the wolf to make strong emotional bonds and its sense of intuition are qualities that we as humans can learn too – how to trust both our hearts and instincts in order to lead a fulfilling life. If you would like to learn how to draw this beautiful and fearless creature, look no further than this simple tutorial on how to draw a wolf, step by step, with concept artist IzzyBll. Follow along as we show you how to achieve the correct proportions, perspectives, and finishing touches for creating a realistic drawing of a wolf face. This tutorial can be completed either by drawing by hand on paper or with a graphics tablet.
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Necessary Wolf Drawing Materials
While drawing is by no means the only way of creating a piece of art of a wolf, it is certainly one of the easiest. Using pencil and paper is a great drawing method for beginners and those looking to explore their artistic abilities, whereas the use of a graphics tablet may appeal more to those with more experience.
Those going with the traditional method of drawing on paper cannot go wrong by using this sketchbook by Bellofy. This sketchbook will provide you with plenty of empty pages just waiting to be filled with your wolf sketch as well as many other pieces of art.
For sketching and drawing, you will need two to three different pencil shades of your choice. We recommend using a light construction or drafting pencil to begin with, such as this set by Nicpro. This is ideal for your preliminary sketch lines and markings, as the lead will be easy to erase later. To add shading, finer lines, details, and shadows, we suggest using this Dowswin 30-piece pencil and charcoal sketching set.
For those using a digital platform such as a graphics tablet, you will find that instead of a set of pencils, you will be working with a stylus, mouse, or drawing pen. Aim to use a standard set of brushes and ensure a balanced DPI on your mouse if you are not going to by using a stylus or graphics pen.
All you really need is to remember to have fun, enjoy the tutorial, and take your time – we find that the biggest advantage to an artist working on any artwork is patience, as this is how you can achieve perfection!
How to Draw a Wolf Head Step by Step
As with most animals, wolves are known for possessing an incredible amount of fur, which is something that can intimidate many artists. There is no need to worry, however, as this tutorial will show you exactly how to draw a wolf step by step. This means that we will be breaking down the wolf’s individual facial features and various elements into different steps, thus making your wolf drawing easy to accomplish.
Step 1: Sketching the Head Shape
For our very first step, we will need to decide where on the canvas or paper we want our subject (the wolf head) to be. In this tutorial, we have decided that the best position for our subject is in the center of the page, creating a focal point.
With a lightly shaded pencil (or brush on a graphic tablet), draw an oval shape. This will represent our subject’s head shape in and around which we will be working. You can also draw several blocks across the surface of your paper or canvas so as to help you identify your center points, thus aiding with the perspective of your wolf drawing.
For this step, be sure to leave enough space all around the oval shape for subsquent steps, where we will be adding more details and fur.
Step 2: Add the First Construction Lines
Draw a centerline down the very middle of the oval shape, and another across – about one third down from the top. This will help you identify where you are going to have the wolf’s eyes and eyebrows, as well as a basic idea of where the ears and snout/nose will be centered. With this information, you will also able to find out where the mouth will be on your wolf sketch.
Step 3: Additional Construction Lines
Following the previous step, add a secondary horizontal line above the oval shape. This will help to pinpoint the level at which we will be drawing the wolf’s ears, while also aiding in symmetry and helping the ears to reach the same point in height. Draw another horizontal line, except now half the length of the top one, positioned about one-third upwards from the bottom. This will help us align the nose and mouth.
Step 4: Listen Up
Time to add the ears! Add a pair of somewhat triangular shapes to the top of the oval, each with the tips reaching the very top horizontal line. We will be turning these simple triangles into more realistic-looking ears shortly.
Breaking down the oval shape into sections will make drawing a wolf face much easier.
Step 5: Outlining the Snout / Nose
Draw an oval shape as close to the center as possible, using the middle center line to aid the symmetry. Then, add two streak lines to assist in portraying the shape of the wolf’s snout/nose. Much like a dog, the nose is a much wider feature on the face.
Step 6: Shaping the Facial Characteristics
Drawing on top of the lighter construction lines, shape the ears to look more curved without necessarily touching the oval shape. This is because we will be adding fur to enhance the look, so you do not need to worry if the ears are slightly offside. Now you can draw the mouth details, making them wider than the snout with a small hint of the wolf’s bottom lip as an added detail – this will help to achieve more emphasis on this key facial feature.
Step 7: Facial Features
To begin detailing the facial features of your wolf sketch, you can begin by drawing the eyes, slightly sloping inwards, towards the center of the snout/nose. On the nose, draw two basic squiggles for the nostrils and then use a darker pencil shade to follow the construction line of the snout/nose.
Step 8: Outer Fur
As we begin to add more detailed characteristics, it is best to start by adding fur to the outer layers of our wolf drawing. Follow the oval construction lines that make up the shape of your wolf’s face and begin drawing in the fur, one side of the oval at a time. Remember, a wolf’s fur is always spreading outwards, and this includes most of the wolf’s inner fur as well. The only time the fur will not flow outwards is at its “connecting points”, such as at the bottom of the neck, where the fur joins together and flows as one, similar to a flame.
This type of fur is often referred to as a winter coat due to the puffy-looking style, which is exactly what we want for our Wolf. To achieve this, simply draw the furry outline slightly wider than the actual oval shape you drew with the construction pencil.
Step 9: Inner Fur
Using the construction lines of the ears, draw small, detailed streaks of the wolf’s inner fur. Remember to point the inner fur outwards in a similar manner to that of the outer fur; the main difference is that the inner fur will require smaller streaks, indicating shorter and thinner bits of hair.
Using the center face line, create two inner fur lines on either side, which will somewhat resemble eyebrows, around the eyes. Carry this line further and curve it along the construction lines of the oval face. If you are drawing a wolf face from the front, we recommend adding in smaller inner fur patches all along the face in order to create more of a three-dimensional look.
Step 10: Shading and Details
In this step, we will add a darker touch to the outer fur, especially on the top of the head and the ears. We will also be adding a darker shade to the eyes, the snout/nose, and the curve of the mouth, as these are the key facial elements of a wolf. As these are the characteristics that make a wolf recognizable, it makes sense for us to emphasize these details by darkening them.
After this step, we simply “fill in” the inner fur with strokes until we reach the outer fur. Here, it is crucial to remember that you need to use both the horizontal and vertical center lines to help guide your fur direction outwards, as this will allow it to look symmetrical whilst giving the effect of a wind blowing towards the wolf’s face.
You can now erase the construction lines and add a second and third layer of fur strokes, starting with the top of the head and decreasing the hardness and amount of fur strokes as you go down towards the neck, giving you a fading effect.
As mentioned above, it is important to darken key facial features in order to make them stand out, as this is what will allow for instant recognition when someone views your drawing – cool wolf! To create more realism in your wolf drawing, be sure to add fine lines, details, and shadows around the eyes, snout/nose, jawline, and outer fur of your wolf face.
- Begin with a simple oval shape and break down the wolf’s facial features into separate parts.
- The wolf’s key facial characteristics are important to emphasize.
- A wolf’s outer and inner fur will always spread outwards.
- Some minimal shading can make a big difference; try repeating and doing it slowly for a more realistic look.
Some Motivation and Tips to Make Wolf Drawing Easy
- Remember that drawing is not something you can instantly excel at without any practice. Any hard work, practice, time, and effort you put in will pay off on every artwork you work on. Not every artwork you make will be good, but your experience will grow.
- Art may take skill, but it also takes guidance. Thus, following a tutorial such as how to draw a wolf head can help you build your skill.
- Choose a workspace in which you feel creative and can express yourself! Ensure that it is neat and orderly whilst still being a spot of inspiration and creativity.
- If you are a traditional artist, know your pencils. Your pencils are your main tool when drawing, and the use of different pencil shades and thicknesses can change an artwork.
- Try drawing things you find challenging. Invest in an advanced online drawing course or do your own research on different techniques and try them out.
- Learn as much as you can about blending and color theory to allow for unlimited possibilities in your color shades combinations.
- To practice, begin by drawing from references or objects in front of you, as observation is what aids your realism, proportional scales, and perspectives when drawing.
- Try using different textures, materials, mediums, and platforms. Switch from traditional drawing to digital art – you might love it or even be able to enhance your skill more with digital software.
- Build your own style while developing your skill. The more you explore different techniques, styles, and mediums, the closer you will get to discovering your own unique art style!
And finally, never stop practicing!
Wolves, mysterious and magnificent creatures of the wild. Wolves are symbols of spirit, trust, guardianship, and loyalty. Humans should strive to learn the qualities of wolves, such as their sense of intuition, formation of strong emotional bonds, and ability to work together for the greater good of their communities. Concept artist IzzyBll created an easy-to-follow tutorial showing how to draw a wolf step by step. To draw your realistic wolf head and face, follow the steps and learn how to draw the facial features at the right angles and sizes, as well as how to add finishing touches with hair and shading to bring your wolf alive on paper. Either hand drawing on paper or a graphics tablet can be used.
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The Meaning and Symbolism of the Wolf
Humans are likely to have associated wolves with symbolism since the early days of interaction between them. The symbols and their meanings have changed over the centuries, depending on the development of humans. The wolf was often negatively associated with darkness, aggression, and Chthonic powers, and positively because of their intelligence, excellent hunting skills, protecting their young, pack loyalty, and a well-defined social structure.
Wolves are believed to be closely linked to the sun, moon, light, and spirit. Some cultures believe wolves are guides to the dead and linked to Hades, God of the underworld.
Wolves have a history of being portrayed as evil in children’s stories such as the hungry wolf in The Three Little Pigs. The phrase, ‘’the wolf at the door’’ was a symbol of the fear of hunger and starvation, which was widespread during the Great Depression in America and Europe. Additionally, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood may have been the inspiration for symbolizing the wolf as a sexual predator in the 20th Century and later as a symbol of male aggression.
Although legends of werewolves go as far back as Greek Mythology, the concept was embraced by more recent popular culture – a man turning into a wolf every night of the full moon. Brought to life in comic books and horror movies, the legend of the man-wolf lives on.
Wolf Drawing Materials
A pencil and a blank piece of paper are almost an invitation to create something, from writing or doodling to creating an amazing piece of art such as a wolf head. For beginners there are perfect, inexpensive tools to play with to hone your skills and discover your artistic talents. On the other hand, those with more experience may prefer using a graphics tablet while learning how to draw a wolf step by step
If your preference is drawing on paper, we suggest this Bellofy sketchbook. With a multitude of blank pages, this sketchbook is ideal for you to fill the blank pages not only with your wolf sketch but also with the many artworks your wolf sketch may inspire.
Ideally, you will need two or three different pencil shades for sketching and drawing. Our suggestion is to use a light construction or drafting pencil to start with. This set by Nicpro is perfect for the initial sketch lines and markings. The lead is easily erased later without leaving marks. For adding fine lines, details, shading, and shadows, we recommend the Dowswin 30-piece pencil and charcoal sketching set.
If your preference is to use a graphics tablet or any other digital platform, you will be working with a mouse, drawing pen, or a stylus instead of pencils. Should you not be using a graphics pen or stylus, choose a standard set of brushes and make sure the DPI on your mouse is balanced.
To make the most of your creative time, remember to relax, have fun, and enjoy the tutorial. Learning to take your time and to have patience with yourself and the process will be a great advantage in achieving your best artwork – both now and in the future!
How to Draw a Wolf: Step-by-Step Instructions
Most mammals have fur, except for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The amount of fur on an animal depends on its habitat and climate. Wolves can survive harsh, freezing winters because their fur is plentiful and exceptionally thick, and some artists are sometimes daunted by the thought of drawing them. You do not need to stress, however, as our tutorial goes through every detail of drawing a wolf, step by step. We break down the various elements and the wolf’s facial features in detailed steps that make it easy for you to follow and complete your wolf drawing.
Step 1: Sketching the Shape of the Head
As a first step, we need to decide where on our sketch paper or canvas to position the head of the wolf. We chose to place the subject in the middle of the page in this tutorial to create a great focal point.
To begin, use a lightly shaded pencil to draw an oval shape. With a graphics tablet, use a brush. The oval signifies the wolf’s head shape, and we will be working in and around this oval shape. To assist you in finding the center points easier, you could also draw several blocks across the surface of your paper or canvas. These will help you find the right angles for your wolf face.
When placing your subject, make sure that there is enough space around the oval for additional steps, such as adding details and fur.
Step 2: Adding the First Construction Lines
Draw a line down the middle of the oval, from top to bottom, and then, about one-third below the top of the oval, draw a line across. This crossline will help you to decide where to draw the eyes and eyebrows, and will also give an indication as to where to center the snout and the ears. Once these features are centered, you will find it much easier to find the best position for the wolf’s mouth on your sketch.
Step 3: Additional Construction Lines
Continuing from step two, draw another horizontal line above the oval shape. This line will help us to determine at which level to draw the ears as well as to find the right height for both ears. Drawing this line will also help with balanced placement. Now, draw a shorter horizontal line about one-third of the way above the bottom of the oval. We will be able to line up the nose and mouth with this line.
Step 4: Adding the Ears
Now, we can start adding the wolf’s features, starting with the ears. Add an ear at the top of the oval on either side of the vertical line. Make sure that the tip of the ears reaches the horizontal line above the oval. Soon, we will transform these triangles into realistic wolf ears.
By dividing the oval shape into sections, drawing the wolf’s features will be much easier.
Step 5: Outlining the Snout/Nose
As close to the center as possible, draw an oval shape. You can use the centerline to help with equal proportions. Add a streaked line on either side of the centerline for the snout. To get the wider effect of the wolf’s snout, draw the lines from midway on the lower horizontal line up at an angle to reach the upper horizontal line closer to the oval edges.
Step 6: Shaping the Facial Features
Draw softer, curved ear shapes over the construction lines. These shapes do not need to touch the lines of the oval, nor be perfectly symmetrical at this stage. When we add the fur later, the wolf features will become more realistic.
Next, we will draw the shape of the mouth, starting with the top lip curling up from the top of the bottom horizontal line, widening to just below the snout. Add detail with a hint of the bottom lip on the bottom line to emphasize this important facial feature.
Step 7: Detailed Facial Features
To start detailing your wolf’s facial features, begin with the eyes. Slope the eyes inwards, towards the centerline of the snout, just touching the top horizontal line. Draw two nostril swirls, then emphasize the construction line of the snout/nose with a darker shade pencil.
Step 8: Adding the Outer Fur
We can now start adding more details to our wolf drawing, such as the outer layers of fur. Begin by adding the outer fur just outside the oval construction lines, one side at a time. Both the outer and inner fur of a wolf spreads outwards, except for where it meets at connection points, such as the bottom of the neck. Here, the fur will flow together and frame the wolf’s face, comparable to an upside-down flame.
Usually called a winter coat, this fur has a puffed-up look which not only keeps the wolf warm but also makes it look bigger and protects vulnerable areas. To achieve a magnificent mane for our wolf drawing, outline the fur wider than the outside of the oval shape, narrowing the gap towards the bottom.
Step 9: Adding the Inner Fur
Start by drawing small strokes to add inner fur detail, following the construction lines of the ears. The inner fur should also be pointed outward as with the inner fur, but use smaller strokes, signifying thinner and shorter hairs.
On either side of the top part of the center face line, create inner fur lines down to the first horizontal line and up into a curve above and around the eyes. Continue and curve the lines as you follow the construction lines of the oval face. If your sketch shows the front of the wolf face, create a three-dimensional effect by adding smaller patches of inner fur along the face.
Step 10: Adding Shading and Details
Here, we will start using darker shades of pencils to add detail and shading. We will add a darker color to the outer fur on the top part of the wolf’s head and ears. The key elements of the wolf’s face, which include the eyes, nose, and snout as well as the curve of the mouth, will be emphasized by adding darker shades. As you work on this, you will start to recognize the wolf in your drawing.
Once this has been finished, you simply need to fill in the inner fur with strokes to reach the outer fur. To help guide your fur direction outward on both sides, use the horizontal and vertical center lines. This will create a symmetrical look to the fur, and give the effect of a breeze blowing in the wolf’s face.
At this point, you can erase the construction lines and begin to add two to three layers of fur. Start at the top of the head with harder strokes to create denser fur, then change to softer and fewer fur strokes for a fading effect down to the neck. With the construction lines erased, further layers of shading added, and the key facial features darkened for emphasis, your wolf drawing will likely be instantly recognizable by everyone who sees it.
You can make your wolf even more realistic by adding details, fine lines, and shadows around the eyes, snout, nose, jawline, ears, as well as the fur surrounding your wolf’s face.
Motivation and Tips to Make Wolf Drawing Easy
- Most of us are not able to draw beautiful art without practice. Hard work, taking the time, and making an effort to practice will show in the improvements on each attempt. The experience and lessons learned with each artwork are how your skills and talent will grow.
- While it takes skill to create art, you will also need guidance to grow. Using a tutorial such as how to draw a wolf head can be instrumental in improving your skills and mastering different techniques.
- Find a space to work where you feel relaxed and able to express your creativity while you learn how to draw a wolf head. Keeping your space organized and your tools and materials within reach will help avoid distractions, resulting in a space of pure inspiration and creativity.
- As a traditional artist, get to know your pencils. Pencils being your main tool for drawing, using different shades and thicknesses can have a big impact on your artwork.
- Find challenging subjects to draw. For continued creative growth, try an online course for advanced drawing, or find different techniques to try and practice.
- Learning about color theory and blending will open up a whole new world of possibilities with the color shade combinations you could add to your art.
- For practice, draw from objects or references in front of you. Observing the world around you while drawing will result in more realistic artwork, and improve your skills in perspective and proportions.
- Use different materials, mediums, textures, and platforms. If you are unfamiliar with digital art, a switch from traditional drawing might provide an interesting challenge. You might even be able to combine the two and enhance your drawings with digital software.
While developing your skills your style will develop as well. Soon, you will find wolf drawing easy! By exploring and practicing different styles, techniques, materials, and mediums, your unique art style will be developing.
We have also created a web story on some of the wolf drawing working steps.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to draw a wolf. This instruction will be useful both for those who want to draw a wolf face and for those who want to depict a whole wolf.
The process of drawing a wolf’s face and a dog’s face is very similar. And this is no coincidence because these animals are very close in nature.
This lesson on how to draw a wolf face will be pretty simple, but you will end up with a very realistic wolf head if you follow our instructions exactly.
In order not to be mistaken, and to draw the wolf’s face most correctly, the first thing to do is to sketch the basic outlines. Sketch out a circle with light movements of your hand, without trying to give it the perfect shape. Next, sketch out two lines that intersect just above the center of the circle.
Using the horizontal line created earlier, draw the eyes. Draw the upper eyelid first, then the lower. After that sketch the outlines of the pupils. To check the proportionality of your sketch, you can look at it through a mirror, or move away from it a short distance.
Now add the nose of the wolf. Start by sketching the outlines of the nose. Next, depict small nostrils with a pair of simple lines. To understand in more detail how the noses of dogs and wolves are drawn, you can visit our tutorial on how to draw a dog nose.
Now it’s time to add the mouth. Begin by sketching the outlines of the upper lip with a pair of curved lines. Next, depict the visible part of the chin with short lines. Add a small section of the fur texture just below the chin. The left and right sides of the mouth should be symmetrical.
To make the wolf face drawing more voluminous and lively, you need to add a few details. First, create the outlines of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. After that add small folds above and below the eyes. Also, you can add the texture of the hair using lots of short strokes.
Draw the ears at the top of the head. By creating the outlines of the ears with the help of a large number of short lines, you can create a fur texture and give the wolf face a more natural look. Remember to constantly check the parts of your artwork and compare them with each other and with our example to avoid mistakes.
As we said above, to create the hair texture, you need to use a lot of short lines. Using such lines, depict the outlines of the head, as shown in our example. To make the lines of the hair more believable, they should be drawn from the roots to the ends.
Using an eraser, carefully erase all unnecessary construction lines from your artwork. Make the necessary lines darker and sharper. Add shadows to your artwork a more voluminous look. We talked about what shadows are made of and how to draw them correctly in our article on lights and shadows.
So, this was a wolf face drawing lesson, and we hope that it did not seem too difficult for you.
Knowing how to draw the face of a wolf, you can more easily depict the whole body of this animal. Using this instruction, you can also create a head of a shepherd or husky on the piece of paper, because these animals are very similar to each other.
If you want to continue learning how to draw animals, be sure to visit the Animals category on our site. In this category, our team publishes lessons about a wide variety of animals, from bees to whales.
This tutorial explains how to draw a wolf’s face and head step by step from the front view with detailed line drawing examples for each step.
This is a fairly long tutorial but if you follow the steps below it should not be all that difficult even for beginners.
Please note that if you are drawing on paper it is a good idea to do the initial construction parts of the drawing with very light pencil lines. For the later stages you can either draw more solid pencil lines or use a pen or a marker.
Step 1 – Make a Construction Line Drawing of the Wolf’s Head
Start the drawing by making a construction line sketch of the wolf’s head to establish it’s basic shape and proportions.
- Draw two intersecting lines with the vertical line being through the middle of your drawing area and the horizontal line in it’s upper part
- Add the upper shape of the head with two sets of curves getting wider slightly past the horizontal line and then curving back inwards
- Draw the lower shape of the head with a pair of angled lines that go from the ends of the curves and join at the bottom
- Make the shapes ears somewhat similar to triangles and join the area between them with one curved line
- From the horizontal line project a pair of vertical lines downwards and from those project another set of lines on an angle towards the center line
- Draw half circle (bottom of snout) that that with it’s open end connects to the angled lines from the previous step and from these connection points draw two curves going upwards to define the shape of the snout
With this you should have the very basic shape of the larger parts of the wolf’s head.
Step 2 – Place the Facial Features
Position the eyes with their top end slightly overlapping the horizontal line from the the first step. You can also use the same line to help you make sure both eyes are on the same level.
From above the “eyelids” and transition these into two “wave like” lines that go to the outer sides of the head. These will be used later to help draw some of the wolf’s fur patterns.
Finally draw the nose (wider towards the top and narrower towards the bottom).
At this stage draw the mouth with just two straight angled lines from the bottom part of the snout curve towards the nose (but not touching the nose).
Step 3 – Refine the Shape of the Face & Add the Details
Now refine the shape of the face by replacing some of the straight construction lines with more organic curves that better define the shape of the wolf’s head.
The places where you want to add these lines will be the inner sides of the ears, the upper part of the snout, the mouth, and the bottom of the head.
Now draw some of the smaller details of the wolf’s head.
Add another set of “wave like” lines along the snout to better define it’s shape. Draw these starting close to the nose and end them pointing towards the inner corners of the eyes.
Draw the eyes and surrounding details as shown above.
Inside the eyes indicate the pupils along with a small set of circles for the highlights (reflections of light) as well as pair of lines near the upper halves of the irises to indicate the area that will be shaded later.
For the nose add the nostrils as shown above and give a hint of the “split” line wolf’s have in the middle of their noses. You can also indicate a tiny area for the highlights to leave white when shading.
Draw the sides of the mouth slightly sticking out from the sides of the snout as shown above. You can also draw a a hint of the wolf’s bottom lip up above the bottom of the lower jaw.
Step 4 – Finish the Facial Features
Now shade the wolf’s facial features as shown above (or basically just fill them in with a black or dark color). If drawing on paper it may be a good idea to use a pen or a marker starting from this stage of the drawing process. Doing so will let you easily erase the construction lines without effecting the parts of the drawing that you actually want to keep. Just be sure to wait for the pen/marker to dry before erasing so you don’t smudge it.
For the eyes shade the following areas:
- The main areas of the eyes surrounding the irises
- Top part of the iris
- The pupils
Leave the reflections and the bottom parts of the the irises white.
For the nose shade as follows:
Leave the main highlight area defined earlier white. You will also want to create a sort of “broken up” white outline to define the nostrils. What you are basically drawing is a set of highlights that will help define the shape of the nostrils. You can also leave a tiny white highlight line in the middle to show the split in the nose.
For the mouth:
Completely shade both the bottom area of the mouth below the nose as well as the sides.
Step 5 – Draw the Fur for the Inner Area of the Face
For this step add some fur patterns for the inner part of the wolf’s face.
If you are going to be drawing the clumps using pencil over top of the construction lines you may have to erase the construction lines a small part at a time and then add in the clumps. Alternatively you can also lighter the entire line with an erase to the point where it’s barely visible so that you can keep it in the final drawing.
Draw the fur as follows:
- Forehead – as a set of stacked up small curves
- Areas below eyes – a sort of “swirl” that follows the shapes defined earlier
- Above eye “wave shapes” – random clumps that point in the general direction of the wave
- Around eyes – some small hints of fur above the eyes and near their inner ends
- Inner parts of face – varying length small strokes pointing slightly downwards and to the sides of the face
Step 6 – Draw the Fur Around and Inside the Ears
Draw the fur for the outer parts of the ears with very tiny strokes forming a set of very small fur clumps.
For the inner part of the ears you will generally want to draw much longer lines and larger clumps.
Step 7 – Draw the Fur Around the Head
Finally draw the last set of fur clumps that will eventually define the outer shape of the wolf’s face. These can pretty much be split into tree parts. One is the area at the top of the head between the ears. The second is the areas at the bottom of the ears. The rest is going down from the bottom of the ears and meeting at the bottom of the face.
- Draw the fur at the top of the head (between the ears) fanning out upwards
- Add the fur below the ears in fairly small clumps that generally point to the sides and slightly upwards
- The rest of the fur transitioning to point more and more downwards as it goes along the face
Again try and draw the fur lines to create an appearance of small clumps. Draw smaller or simpler clumps with just two lines. For larger clumps or more complex clumps draw two longer lines with some shorter lines in between them.
Step 8 – Clean up the Drawing
Once you are done with the fur clean up your drawing and/or make any small tweaks that you need to.
If you’ve been drawing with pencil and feel you still need to clean up/lighten some of the construction lines it may be a good idea to use a kneaded that you can mod into various shapes and use it to get in between the fur clumps.
Step 9 – Add the Whiskers & Finish the Drawing
To finish the drawing you can give the wolf some whiskers. Generally these are fairly short and thin when compared to other animals such as cats. Draw them with just a few curved lines around the bottom outer sides of the snout.
Once you are done you should have a finished line drawing of the wolf’s head.
This tutorial shows how you can use lines and very minimal shading to create a fairly realistic looking animal. Though drawing the strokes for the fur can be quite time consuming you can end up with a much nicer looking drawing when you are done then if you were to draw with just simple outlines.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
To draw this Gray Wolf head step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a big circle as a guide for the wolf's head. First make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. The bigger this circle is, the bigger the wolf's head will be. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a bowl or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: Draw a long, curved, horizontal line across the circle as a guide to help you place the wolf's facial features later. Draw this line slightly higher than the middle. Add a curved, vertical line on top for another guide.
Step 3: Directly on top of the horizontal line, draw two small circles as guides for the wolf's eyes. Pay attention to the distance from each eye to the vertical guide line. The wolf's eyes should be very small in relation to the size of the big circle.
Step 4: Draw another circle below the horizontal line as a guide for the muzzle. Use the four-marks method again to draw the circle. Pay attention to the size of this circle in relation to the wolf's head. The edge of this circle shouldn't touch the horizontal construction line or the bottom of the head.
Step 5: Inside the muzzle, draw a small oval as a guide for the wolf's nose. Don't make the oval too small. Place it on the lower, left side of the muzzle.
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