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How to draw a wolf

This easy-to-follow video tutorial will teach you how to draw a wolf that's realistic and anatomically correct.

If you've mastered how to draw a dog, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd easily be able to draw a wolf too. While depicting man's best friend will stand you in good stead when approaching how to draw a wolf, there are more differences between these canine breeds than you might think, all of which will make a huge difference to the accuracy of your drawing.

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This how to draw a wolf tutorial is a step-by-step video guide to drawing a side view of a standing wolf. The lesson begins with sketching out the overall shape of the wolf as an underdrawing to help figure out where all the parts of the body will go. Next comes carving out the mass and structure of the wolf in perspective to solidify the drawing before the real fun – fur, facial features etc – begins.

Once you've nailed the basic drawing of the wolf using the video above and tutorial below, stay tuned to discover how to draw its winter coat. And when you've finished, we've got a brilliant selection of other how to draw tutorials to get stuck in to.

Note: having a photo reference of a real wolf right by your side during this tutorial is highly recommended.

How to draw a wolf: a step-by-step guide

01. Sketch the basic shape of the head

Rough sketch of the shape of a wolf

Measure using existing shapes to help you find the length and width

Locate the base of the neck by measuring the length of the oval head two times sideways. Relative to the body, a wolf's head stands lower than a dog's head, so make sure to draw the neck angled lower. The length of the back is three times the length of the oval and neck. From the neck, connect a straight line across to indicate the back.

03. Complete the shape of the neck and body

Sketched outline of a wolf

Sectioning off the body helps indicate where the limbs go

The body is sectioned off into three parts; the shoulders, stomach and hind legs. The line that divides the shoulder section comes straight down, sectioning off a narrow shape. The line for the hind legs is like a forward slash, separating the section from the long stomach.

05. Sketch the basic shape of the legs and tail

Sketched outline of a wolf

Getting the sharp features in the face can really make the drawing more realistic

The top of the muzzle has a small bump right before it reaches the nose. The nose is big but make sure it's not too pointy. As the mouth runs across the muzzle, it tucks up a bit and straight across back to the eyes. Wolves' lips don't hang over that much, so draw the chin thin. The eyeball is shaped like one quarter of a pie, filled with a black diamond right behind. Add some lines to the face to add structure and make it more wolf-like.

11. Draw the ear and mane

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