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How to Draw Wolves in Different Poses and Styles: 14 Guides

Welcome to my step-by-step tutorial on how to draw wolves 🐺 in various styles and poses! Whether you’re looking to sketch a simple wolf head or dive into more intricate designs, this huge tutorial has got you covered. SketchOk’s approach simplifies each stage, making it easy and enjoyable for you to follow along, regardless of your artistic skill level. From adorable kawaii styles to realistic depictions, we’ll explore 14 different ways to bring these magnificent creatures to life on paper.

Table of Contents

  1. Simple Wolf Head
  2. Easy Wolf Drawing in Kawaii Style
  3. Cute Cartoon Wolf
  4. Anime Wolf Full Body
  5. Anime Wolf Face (3/4 View)
  6. Realistic Wolf Face (Front View)
  7. Realistic Wolf Face (Side View)
  8. Realistic Wolf Face (3/4 View)
  9. Sitting Wolf (Front View)
  10. Sitting Wolf (Side View)
  11. Standing Wolf (Side View)
  12. Sitting Wolf with Head Turned Backwards
  13. Running Wolf (Side View)
  14. Howling Wolf on a Cliff

About the Guides

Each guide in this tutorial is crafted to help you draw wolves with ease and precision. Unlike the cat drawing tutorial I created earlier, which had a consistent style, the creation of this tutorial began a long time ago, leading to a variety in styles. Let’s dive into the structure of these guides!

Step-by-Step Visual Instructions

The heart of each guide lies in a series of images, each representing a step in the drawing process. By following these steps sequentially, you’ll watch as your wolf drawing comes to life. This methodical approach ensures that you can easily track your progress and understand the evolution of your artwork.

Color Coding and Guidelines

Understanding the color coding in the guides is key to following along effectively:

  • Red Color: Highlights the current step you’re working on.
  • Black Color: Shows the lines from previous steps.
  • Grey Color: Indicates the initial basic sketch (where applicable).

Inking and Final Touches

Upon completing the pencil sketch, you have the option to ink your drawing. Inking involves going over the pencil lines with ink to give your artwork a polished, defined look. It’s crucial to let the ink dry completely before erasing any pencil marks to avoid smudging. This final step transforms your sketch into a refined drawing, bringing your artistic creation to its full potential.

Simple Wolf Head Drawing in 5 Steps

How to draw a wolf head with kids - easy drawing guide
Simple Wolf Head Drawing

In the first guide, you will see how to draw a simple wolf face/head that’s perfect for beginners and for drawing with kids. This design simplifies the wolf’s features into bold, easy-to-draw shapes. With only five steps and no basic sketch required, this guide is ideal for those looking to quickly capture the essence of a wolf without getting bogged down in detail. The final drawing features a stylized wolf face with pointed ears, circular eyes, a prominent snout, and a straightforward expression. This minimalist approach conveys the wolf’s features with clarity and charm, making it a delightful starting point for any aspiring artist.

Step 01 – Start by drawing a wide ‘U’ shape. This represents the snout of the wolf. Make sure the ‘U’ shape is slightly rounded at the bottom. At each end of the ‘U’, add a small circle. These circles will serve as the wolf’s eyes

Step-by-step guide on drawing a wolf head starting with a U shape - step 01
Beginning the wolf head sketch with the snout

Step 02 – From the bottom of the sides of ‘U’ we made in the previous step, extend a diagonal line upwards and outwards. These lines will form the lower sides of the wolf’s head

Progression of the wolf's head drawing with the addition of diagonal lines - step 02
Sketching the bottom part of the wolf head

Step 03 – Connect the diagonal lines drawn in step 2 with a long, curved line that arches upwards. This line will create the top of the wolf’s head, completing the main outline of the head structure

Drawing technique showing the upper part of a wolf's head with a connecting curved line - step 03
Completing the upper head structure of the wolf

Step 04 – At the center bottom of the ‘U’ shape, draw a filled-in circle to represent the wolf’s nose. Just below the nose, add a short vertical line for the lower part of the snout. For the ears, sketch two equilateral triangles at the top of the head. These triangles should be angled slightly outwards and upwards, mimicking the alert posture of a wolf’s ears

Final touches on a wolf head drawing with SketchOk guide, featuring ears and nose details - step 04
Adding the nose and ears to the wolf head sketch

Step 05 – With the head structure and basic features in place, it’s time to review and add the finishing touches to your wolf head drawing if needed. This completes your simple wolf head drawing, capturing the essence of the animal’s alert and noble demeanor. Use this guide to practice and refine your skills in creating stylized animal sketches

Completed guide on how to draw a simple wolf head featuring facial details and final outlines
Refining the simple wolf head drawing with additional details if prefered

Draw a Charming Kawaii Wolf in 7 Simple Steps

How to draw a kawaii wolf in easy steps
Easy drawing of a wolf in kawaii style

Ready for something adorable? The second guide in our tutorial series teaches you how to draw a simplified kawaii wolf. This style is all about capturing the cuteness and charm of our subject. In just seven straightforward steps, you’ll bring to life a delightful wolf with large, expressive eyes, a tiny nose, and a playful tail. The finished drawing exudes a sense of warmth and joy, featuring the wolf in a friendly, approachable pose with a soft, rounded body. It’s a style that’s sure to bring a smile to your face and brighten up any collection of drawings.

Step 01 – Begin your kawaii wolf drawing by creating a wide half-circle. This shape forms the top part of the wolf’s head. Ensure that the curve is smooth and even to capture the kawaii style’s characteristic softness

Simple kawaii style wolf head drawing begins with a half-circle - step 01
Initiating a kawaii wolf head with the top of the head

Step 02 – To craft the lower part of the wolf’s head, draw a wide, curved line beneath the half-circle. The ends of this line should have pointed tips. This outlines the wolf’s cheek and jaw area, providing a foundation for the face

Drawing step with a half-arrow line for a kawaii wolf head's lower part - step 02
Outlining the lower part of the kawaii wolf head

Step 03 – For the ears, sketch two equilateral triangles at the top of the head, ensuring they are symmetrical. Create the wolf’s eyes by drawing two large circles with smaller blank circles inside to suggest highlights, giving the eyes a sparkly look. Then, draw a rounded, downward-pointing triangle in the center of the face for the nose, giving it a cute and friendly appearance

Adding ears and facial features to a kawaii wolf head following the drawing guide - step 03
Adding ears and nose to the kawaii wolf head

Step 04 – Inside each ear, add another smaller triangle for the inner ear detail, which provides depth. Then, draw a curved ‘W’ shape below the nose to represent the wolf’s snout. This gives your kawaii wolf a happy, smiling expression, completing the adorable and simple rendition of a kawaii-style wolf head

Finalizing a kawaii wolf head with inner ear lines and snout details - step 04
Detailing the inner ears and snout of the kawaii wolf

Step 05 – To add the body to your simple wolf drawing, draw a curved line that extends from the back of the head down and around to form the back and the rear leg. Then, from the bottom of the head, draw another curved line coming down to represent the chest and the front leg. The lines should be smooth and rounded, giving the appearance of a plump and fluffy body

Adding the body to a simple kawaii wolf drawing, focusing on the back and legs - step 05
Sketching the body of a kawaii wolf, illustrating the back and two legs

Step 06 – Now, draw the two remaining legs. Start with the leg on the far side, mirroring the shape of the front leg you’ve already drawn. For the rear leg, add a horizontal line for the bottom body first, then add a ‘U’ shape for the leg. Lastly, add a large, bushy tail with a broad base that tapers to a point, giving your kawaii wolf a playful and dynamic look

Completing the kawaii wolf drawing with the addition of legs and a tail - step 06
Adding the final legs and bushy tail to the kawaii wolf drawing

Step 07 – Your easy wolf drawing in kawaii style is now complete. Now you have a charming and cheerful wolf sketch with a big, fluffy tail, standing happily. This drawing captures the essence of the kawaii aesthetic with its exaggerated features and clear, clean lines that make it accessible to artists of all skill levels. The simplicity of the shapes combined with the expressive face makes this a perfect example of how to create a cute and easy wolf drawing in kawaii style

Easy wolf drawing in kawaii style completed with clear and friendly features - step 07
The completed easy wolf drawing in kawaii style, showcasing a friendly and adorable character

Drawing a Wolf in Cartoon Style – 16 Steps

How to draw a wolf in cartoon style - easy step-by-step guide
Cartoon wolf drawing

Moving to the third guide, let’s try to make a drawing of a wolf in a cartoon style. This guide comprises 16 steps, each meticulously designed to help you capture the dynamic and jovial essence of a cartoon wolf. There’s no need for a basic sketch here; you’ll jump straight into defining the wolf’s lively character. The finished illustration features a wolf with an animated expression, fluffy fur, and a bushy tail, all contributing to its lively and engaging personality. This cartoon rendition is not just fun to look at but equally enjoyable to draw.

Step 01 – Begin by drawing a small, rounded triangle shape for the nose, positioned slightly on the left from the center of your page. Fill this shape with black to give contrast and establish the focal point of your cartoon wolf’s face

Cartoon wolf nose drawing step with a filled black shape - step 01
Starting the cartoon wolf with the nose

Step 02 – Just below the nose, draw a curved line that stretches outwards to the left and slightly upwards on both sides to form the upper part of the mouth. Add a short curved line above the nose, following the same contour as the top of the nose to create the upper outline of the snout

Adding the upper mouth and snout outline to a cartoon wolf drawing - step 02
Outlining the upper part of the mouth and snout

Step 03 – Outline the mouth by extending the lines from step 2 downwards and then curving them inward to meet at a point below the nose, creating the lower part of the mouth

Completing the mouth outline in a cartoon wolf sketch - step 03
Defining the mouth of the cartoon wolf

Step 04 – Frame the wolf’s head by first adding a ‘U’ shape around the mouth lines. Then extend smooth lines to form the bottom of the head. For the sides, add curved lines to build a cartoonish shape and some tufts of fur like it is shown in the image

Sketching the head frame for a cartoon wolf illustration - step 04
Creating the head frame of the cartoon wolf

Step 05 – For the forelock, add a few short, jagged lines at the top center of the head, between the ears area, to represent tufts of fur

Drawing the forelock on a cartoon wolf's head - step 05
Sketching the forelock of fur on the cartoon wolf

Step 06 – Draw two large, triangular ears on top of the head, one on each side of the forelock. The base of each ear should be wide, tapering to a point at the top

Adding ears to the cartoon wolf drawing - step 06
Placing ears on the wolf

Step 07 – Inside the head outline, draw two ovals for the pupils and place a small blank circle inside each to represent the light reflecting in the wolf’s eyes

Creating lively pupils for the cartoon wolf eyes - step 07
Drawing the pupils and highlights of the cartoon wolf’s eyes

Step 08 – Around the pupils, draw another set of ovals to create the irises. Then, add two larger ovals encompassing these to form the outlines of the eyes, adding character to your cartoon wolf’s expression

Finalizing the eyes in a cartoon wolf drawing - step 08
Completing the eyes

Step 09 – Enhance your cartoon wolf by adding eyebrows above the eyes for expression. Refine the snout with additional lines to define the cheeks and add a tongue and two front teeth protruding from the lower mouth to bring personality to your drawing. Sketch fur texture around the face and head, and include finer details inside the ears. This step is about adding more details than usual, so be patient and try not to miss any of them

Detailed expression and fur added to a cartoon wolf drawing - step 09
Enhancing the features and expression

Step 10 – Draw a series of jagged lines below the head to represent the wolf’s furry neck. These lines should create a fluffy texture, adding to the playful nature of the cartoon wolf

Adding a fluffy fur outline below the cartoon wolf's head - step 10
Drawing the fur framing for the cartoon wolf’s neck

Step 11 – To draw the first front leg, extend a curved line from the bottom of the fur framing to form the leg’s upper portion and end it with a rounded shape for the paw, ensuring it looks sturdy and capable of supporting the wolf’s body

First front leg added to the cartoon wolf sketch - step 11
Sketching the first front leg

Step 12 – Sketch the body of the wolf extending backward from the lower fur area. Add the beginning of the first rear leg with a line curving down from the body, indicating the thigh’s muscle structure

Drafting the body and initial rear leg shape of a cartoon wolf - step 12
Outlining the body and the start of the rear leg of the cartoon wolf

Step 13 – Finish the rear leg by drawing the lower part extending down to a rounded paw. Add lines within the paw to suggest toes and give the leg a sense of depth

Finalizing the first rear leg and paw in a cartoon wolf drawing - step 13
Completing the first rear leg

Step 14 – Draw the remaining two legs, making sure the far leg is partially hidden behind the first front leg for perspective. The rear leg should be almost fully visible and end in a similar paw structure as the others

How to draw a cartoon wolf - Second set of legs sketched - step 14
Drawing the second set of legs

Step 15 – For each paw, add small curved lines to divide them into sections, representing the toes. Sketch a large, bushy tail waving upwards with flowing lines

Dividing the paws and tail detailing on a cartoon wolf - step 15
Adding paw divisions and tail to the cartoon wolf

Step 16 – Your wolf is now complete. It features a full body with expressive eyes, detailed fur, and a joyful posture. This result we have is the cartoon wolf in all its playful glory, with each step contributing to its charming character. The techniques used here emphasize the fun and whimsical nature of cartoon drawing, making it an accessible guide for artists to learn how to draw a cartoon wolf

Completed cartoon wolf drawing with full body and details - step 16
The final step of how to draw a cartoon wolf

Crafting an Anime Wolf Full Body in 17 Steps

How to draw an Anime Wolf in easy steps
How to draw an Anime Wolf

As we progress to the fourth guide, we embrace the style of anime with a full-body depiction of a wolf. This guide unfolds through 17 detailed steps, starting with two initial steps that lay down a basic sketch. This foundational sketch is crucial for mapping out the wolf’s poised stance and proportions. In the completed drawing, you’ll admire a wolf that boasts the distinct anime style – large expressive eyes, stylized fur, and a sense of gentle strength in its posture.

Step 01 – Begin your anime wolf drawing with a basic framework. Sketch a large circle for the chest and a smaller shape with rounded top and angular bottom divided in half for the head. This sets the foundation for the body proportions of your anime wolf

Initial sketch for an anime wolf with basic head and body shapes - step 01
Starting the anime wolf drawing with the head and body outline

Step 02 – Add a vertical line through the center of the head shape to establish the eye line and map out where the nose and mouth will be. Then sketch in the basic shapes for the neck, legs, and the rest of the body to create a sense of structure and stance

Adding structure to the anime wolf sketch with lines for facial features and body parts - step 02
Defining the body and facial guidelines

Step 03 – Draw the chin at the bottom of the head shape and add a small shaded area underneath to suggest depth. Illustrate the furry texture by adding pointed fur bangs at the sides of the head

Sketching the chin, shadows, and fur details on the anime wolf's head - step 03
Refining the head with chin and fur details for the anime wolf

Step 04 – For the anime eyes, outline two large ovals with thicker lines at the top. Add crescent-like shapes on the outer sides of the eyes for the highlights to create that signature anime sparkle

Crafting anime-style eyes with highlights for the wolf sketch - step 04
Sketching expressive anime eyes for the wolf

Step 05 – Draw the pupils in the center of the eyes, a filled-in nose with a tiny highlight at the top, and a simple mouth

Adding facial features to the anime wolf sketch - step 05
Detailing the wolf’s face with pupils, nose, and mouth

Step 06 – Outline the eyes in a dramatic anime style, making them large and emotive. Although wolves don’t naturally have expressive eyebrows, we’re bending the rules to infuse our character with a distinct anime flair. By adding sleek eyebrows, we grant our wolf a touch of human-like expression, enhancing its personality and giving it a signature anime aesthetic

Outlining eyes and adding expressive eyebrows to the anime wolf - step 06
Giving character to the anime wolf with styled eyes and eyebrows

Step 07 – Create a front lock of fur with a few swift, jagged lines at the forehead, giving your anime wolf a stylish hairdo

Sketching the front fur lock on the anime wolf's head - step 07
Adding a front lock of fur to the forehead

Step 08 – Sketch the ears with pointed tips and a small forelock between them

Defining the ears and forelock of the anime wolf sketch - step 08
Shaping the ears and a small forelock

Step 09 – Add depth and texture to the ears with additional lines, and sketch more fur on the sides of the head

How to draw an anime wolf - finalizing the head details with ear and fur texture - step 09
Detailing the anime wolf’s ears and adding fur texture

Step 10 – Start with detailing the wolf’s neck and chest area, sketching thick tufts of fur to emphasize the wolf’s fluffy texture. This step involves long, curved lines that suggest the natural flow and layering of fur

Sketch of anime wolf's neck and chest fur detailing - step 10
Drawing the anime wolf’s neck and chest fur

Step 11 – Here, we layer additional fur onto the wolf’s body to create a sense of depth and volume. Strategic strokes are used to mimic the way fur clumps and flows on the wolf’s body, paying close attention to the direction and length of each fur line for a realistic effect

Adding depth with layered fur to anime wolf drawing - step 11
Layering the fur for volume

Step 12 – Now, the focus shifts to the wolf’s anatomy, with the first front leg being outlined. The lines should be smooth and careful, ensuring they suggest muscle structure beneath the fur while keeping the overall anime style consistent

Initial outline of anime wolf's front leg in drawing - step 12
Outlining the first front leg

Step 13 – Mirroring the opposite leg, the second front leg is sketched with short gentle curves at the top and more smooth lines down to the paw. The positioning is key for balance and proportion, ensuring both front legs will support the wolf’s stance in the finished piece

Sketching the second front leg of anime wolf - step 13
Sketching the second front leg

Step 14 – Continuing with the lower body, let’s sketch the rear leg which is closest to the viewer. This step might require adjusting proportions to match the front legs, achieving a dynamic but balanced posture

Anime wolf drawing progress with body and rear leg outlines - step 14
Drawing the body and first rear leg

Step 15 – In this step, add the second rear leg and the bushy tail, with the tail being a focal point for expressing the wolf’s emotion and energy. The tail should be drawn with short, flowing, expressive lines to convey movement

Finalizing the anime wolf's legs and tail sketch - step 15
Completing the legs and tail

Step 16 – To bring the wolf to life, add texture to the fur. This involves a series of short strokes that follow the contours of the body, giving the impression of a thick coat

Detailing the fur for lifelike anime wolf illustration - step 16
Adding fur textures

Step 17 – The final step is to review the entire drawing, refining any details for clarity and impact. Now you know how to draw an anime wolf, give yourself some time to enjoy your creation and let’s move forward to the next guide!

Completed anime wolf drawing with detailed fur and features - step 17
Finished anime wolf drawing

Drawing the Anime Wolf Face in 3/4 View with 11 Steps

How to draw anime wolf's face - easy step-by-step drawing guide
How to draw anime wolf’s face

Advancing to the fifth guide, you’ll learn how to draw an anime wolf face from a 3/4 view. This perspective adds depth and character to the wolf’s visage. Over the course of 11 steps, beginning with a couple of basic sketching stages, you’ll shape the wolf’s head and features. The guide helps you capture the alluring anime aesthetics, such as a sharp gaze and a gracefully arched neck. The final illustration presents a wolf with a soulful expression, framed by lush fur and refined lines, embodying the elegance and mystique that anime art is celebrated for.

Step 01 – Start your anime wolf face drawing with the foundational shapes. Sketch a shape shown in the image to define the snout of the wolf. Add two curved lines above the snout to indicate where the eyes will be placed

Step 1 in drawing an anime wolf face focusing on the snout and eye guidelines
Begin by sketching the initial contours for the snout and the placement lines for the eyes

Step 02 – Now, draw a large, swirl-like outline around the initial snout shape to form the head of the wolf. Ensure the lines are soft and slightly curved to capture the anime style. Include a line at the bottom to indicate the chin area

Step 2 in creating an anime wolf face, outlining the head and chin
Outline the head and define the chin to shape the wolf’s face

Step 03 – Refine the snout by adding the top part and the mouth line. Begin sketching the eyes with two large outlines that have a sharp corner on the outer edges, typical of anime characters

Step 3 of an anime wolf face guide, detailing the snout and eye outlines
Add definition to the snout and the initial outlines of the anime-style eyes

Step 04 – Focus on the eyes, refining their shape to make them more expressive. Draw a filled-in nose with spaces left blank for highlights, showing the light reflection typical in anime drawings. Sketch in the eyebrows and add small details to bring character to the face

Step 4 in sketching an anime wolf face, refining eyes and adding nose and eyebrows
Refine the eye outlines and add detailed features like the nose and eyebrows

Step 05 – It’s time to give your wolf personality by drawing the detailed anime eyes. Sketch the iris and pupils, and add the reflections to create depth and emotion. The eyes are a focal point in anime characters, so take your time with this step

Anime wolf face drawing progression, step 5 focusing on the eyes - step 05
Sketch the detailed anime eyes to bring life to your wolf drawing

Step 06 – Now, add the furry outline around the head. These lines should be jagged and varied in length to mimic the natural fur pattern

Next step in an anime wolf face drawing, adding the furry texture - step 06
Complete the anime wolf face with a furry texture around the head

Step 07 – To bring more character to your anime wolf face drawing, add two pointed ears at the top of the head. Ensure the ears are sharp, symbolizing the wolf’s alertness and wild nature

Step 7 of how to draw an anime wolf face, focusing on adding the ears
Sketch the pointed ears to give your anime wolf face a keen expression

Step 08 – Create a sense of fullness and texture by sketching tufts of fur at the top of the head and extending down to the back of the neck. These lines should be flowing and slightly jagged to simulate the wolf’s thick coat

Step 8 in anime wolf face drawing, detailing the fur on the head and back neck
Add the texture of fur on the head and neck

Step 09 – Now, refine the fur on the ears and neck by adding more detailed lines. These should also be varied in length and direction

Detailed fur on ears and neck in step 9 of anime wolf face drawing
Define the fur details on the ears and neck of your anime wolf face

Step 10 – Continue to add depth to the fur by extending the details down to the chest and around the back. Draw thin lines to suggest the unique patterns of the wolf’s face, giving attention to the areas around the eyes and nose

Step 10 of drawing an anime wolf face, adding chest fur and facial patterns
Add the finishing touches to the fur and introduce subtle facial patterns

Step 11 – Conclude your guide on how to draw an anime wolf face by reviewing your work, ensuring that every line contributes to the overall appearance. The finished drawing should display a balanced mix of anime stylization and the wild essence of a wolf, with expressive eyes and a lush, textured coat

The complete anime wolf face drawing in step 11
Your anime wolf face drawing is now complete with full details and character

Creating a Realistic Wolf Face (Front View) in 12 Steps

How to draw a wolf face front view - easy 12 steps guide
How to draw a wolf’s face front view

For the sixth guide, we turn our attention to the realism that nature has bestowed upon these majestic creatures. This tutorial is dedicated to teaching you how to draw a realistic wolf face, looking straight at you. The process is broken down into 12 thoughtful steps, with the first two dedicated to constructing a basic sketch to get the proportions and placements right. The final artwork you will create captures the wolf’s intense gaze, its textured fur, and the subtle details that give its face a lifelike appearance.

Step 01 – Start by drawing a half-circle for the bottom of the wolf’s head, extending diagonal lines upward and connecting them with a horizontal line at the top. This creates a basic outline for the head. Then divide this shape in half with a vertical line to establish symmetry in the face

Step 1 of drawing a realistic wolf face front view, starting with the basic head shape
Begin your realistic wolf face with a foundational head shape

Step 02 – For the second step, add a ‘U’ shape starting slightly above the center of the head for the snout, placing small circles at the ends of the ‘U’ to mark the position and proportion of the eyes. This step is crucial for getting the facial features of the wolf aligned correctly. Also, add two triangles at the top for the ears

Step 2 of a realistic wolf face drawing, adding snout and eyes placement
Sketch the snout and eyes placement

Step 03 – Begin detailing the wolf’s snout by focusing on the bottom part of the ‘U’ shape from step 2. This outlines the lower area of the snout, which will later help in shaping the mouth and nose

Detailing the snout in step 3 of a realistic wolf face drawing guide
Detail the bottom part of the wolf’s snout

Step 04 – Add two oval shapes for the eyes, making sure they are even and symmetrical on either side of the vertical line. These ovals will be the basis for the wolf’s eyes

Adding eye outlines in step 4 of drawing a realistic wolf face
Outline the eyes of the wolf

Step 05 – Inside the oval outlines, draw the eyeballs and pupils, adding small blank dots within the pupils to represent highlights

Sketching the eyeballs and pupils in step 5 of a realistic wolf face drawing
Draw the eyeballs and pupils with highlights

Step 06 – To add realism to your wolf drawing, deepen the eye areas by adding contours around the ovals and sketch the outline of the nose. This will begin to bring together the wolf’s facial features, creating a lifelike appearance

Adding depth to eyes and nose outline in step 6 of a realistic wolf face drawing
Enhance the depth of the eyes and define the nose outline

Step 07 – Shade in approximately three-quarters of the nose with color, being sure to leave small crescent-shaped areas uncolored to represent the nostrils’ highlights

Coloring the nose in step 7 of a wolf face drawing tutorial
Add depth to the wolf’s nose with shading and highlights

Step 08 – Instead of drawing a seamless outline, use short, wavy lines to create the furry texture at the top of the wolf’s head

Sketching the wolf's furry head top in step 8 of drawing a wolf face
Illustrate the furry texture on the top of the wolf’s head

Step 09 – Continue the furry texture down the sides of the head to frame the wolf’s face. The lines should be slightly longer and vary in direction to mimic the way fur naturally grows and layers

Defining the side frame of the wolf's head in step 9 of the drawing guide
Add the side fur details to frame the wolf’s face

Step 10 – Create two pointed ears on top of the head to give the wolf its characteristic alert posture. The ears should be tall and triangular, with a slight inward curve at the base to show depth

Drawing the ears in step 10 of a realistic wolf face tutorial
Draw the pointed ears to complete the wolf’s head shape

Step 11 – Add the fine details such as whiskers and additional fur lines to bring texture and realism to your wolf drawing

Adding whiskers and fur details in step 11 of how to draw a wolf's face
Sketch the final fur and whisker details on the wolf’s face

Step 12 – Review your drawing to ensure every detail contributes to the lifelike appearance of the wolf. The finished piece should display a realistic wolf face with expressive eyes, a textured nose, and a fur pattern. This step-by-step guide ensures that even beginners can learn how to draw a wolf’s face with accuracy and artistic expression

The completed realistic wolf face drawing in front view
Your detailed guide on how to draw a wolf’s face concludes with a finished drawing

Sketching a Realistic Wolf Face (Side View) in 10 Steps

How to draw a wolf's head side view - step-by-step guide
How to draw a wolf’s head side view

Stepping into the seventh guide, we focus on mastering the profile of a wolf with a realistic side view depiction. This tutorial simplifies the process into 10 structured steps, with the initial two steps dedicated to drafting a basic sketch. This sketch serves as the vital framework for the wolf’s head and snout, ensuring accurate proportions. The completed drawing will reveal a wolf characterized by its sharp features, attentive ears, and the sleek contour of its fur. The side view provides a unique angle to appreciate the wolf’s regal profile.

Step 01 – Begin your realistic wolf face side view by sketching the snout’s basic shape and an almond-shaped outline for the visible eye. This forms the initial framework for the wolf’s facial features

Initial snout and eye outline for a realistic wolf face side view drawing - step 01
Starting the wolf face drawing with the snout and eye outline

Step 02 – Finish the foundational sketch by drawing the wolf’s head shape, including the placement for the ears, the curve of the bottom jaw, and the neck line. Ensure the proportions are accurate for a side view perspective

Completing the basic sketch for a side view wolf face with head and ear outlines - step 02
Complete the basic sketch with head shape and ear placements

Step 03 – Add details to the upper part of the muzzle and create a precise outline for the nose. This will start to give your wolf drawing more definition and character

Detailing the upper muzzle and nose in step 3 of a wolf face side view drawing - step 03
Outline the upper part of the muzzle and the nose

Step 04 – Shade the nose area, leaving uncolored spaces to represent the highlights which give the nose a glossy appearance. Draw the mouth line to connect the nose and the bottom jaw

Shading the nose with highlights and adding the mouth line in step 4 of drawing a wolf's face - step 04
Fill in the nose with shading, leaving spaces for highlights, and add the mouth line

Step 05 – Enhance the eye area by adding depth around the almond-shaped outline to create the appearance of the eye socket

Adding depth to the eye area in step 5 of a realistic wolf face side view sketch - step 05
Deepen the eye area to bring life to the wolf’s expression

Step 06 – For the sixth step, draw the lines that form the forehead and the top of the wolf’s head, flowing into the bottom part of the jaw. This defines the main structure of the head and gives a base for further details

Adding the forehead and jaw to a side view of a wolf's head drawing - step 06
Sketching the upper and lower contours of the wolf’s head

Step 07 – Sketch the ear that is closer to us, giving it a sharp, alert posture. The ear should be triangular with a slight curve at the base to indicate depth

Drawing the closest ear in a side view of a wolf's head sketch - step 07
Illustrate the ear closer to the viewer

Step 08 – Draw the second ear, filling in its outer side to provide contrast and depth. Refine the outline of the first ear, and continue the fur lines down the back of the head and neck to complete the wolf’s silhouette

Detailing the second ear and refining the wolf's head outline in a drawing - step 08
Refine the second ear and the back of the head for a realistic look

Step 09 – Add the finishing touches to the wolf’s head by sketching whisker marks, fur details within and below the ear, and around the eye and forehead

Adding final details to a realistic wolf's head side view drawing - step 09
Finalize the head details with whisker marks and fur textures

Step 10 – To complete your drawing, erase the basic sketch and any unnecessary marks to reveal a clean, detailed wolf’s head side view. The finished drawing should display a realistic portrayal of a wolf, with a keen eye, attentive ears, and a lush fur texture. This final piece should capture the intense character of a wolf, showcasing your skills in creating wildlife art

The completed side view drawing of a wolf's head - step 10
Your guide on how to draw a wolf’s head side view concludes with a finished sketch

A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing a Wolf Face in 3/4 View

How to draw wolf's face in 3/4 view
How to draw a wolf’s face in 3/4 view

In the eighth guide, we’ll explore the dynamic angle of a wolf face in a 3/4 view. This tutorial, crafted with 11 steps, also begins with two essential steps for laying down the basic sketch, ensuring the facial structure is proportionate. I created this guide some time ago, and it has a slightly different approach with its distinct lines and features.

Step 01 – Remember we made a ‘U’ shape for the front view drawings? Start by drawing the similar ‘U’ shape for the upper part of the snout at an angle, placing ovals on its ends to mark where the eyes will be. Add a rectangular shape for the front of the snout and a subtle curve to indicate the mouth line. This will serve as the foundation for your 3/4 view wolf head

Initial snout and eye placement for a 3/4 view wolf head drawing - step 01
Begin the wolf head drawing with snout and eye placement for a 3/4 view

Step 02 – Continue your sketch by adding a half-circle for the main head shape. Sketch in the triangles for the ears, positioning them to align with the 3/4 perspective of the head

Adding the head shape and ear outlines to a 3/4 view wolf head sketch - step 02
Sketch the half-circle for the head and triangles for the ears

Step 03 – Draw the nose shape at the end of the snout and fill it in, leaving a blank line for the highlight which creates a sense of glossiness. Sketch the snout’s shape above the nose

Drawing and filling in the nose with highlights on a 3/4 view wolf sketch - step 03
Define the nose shape and fill it in, leaving a highlight

Step 04 – Fill in the ovals for the eyes, being careful to leave small blank dots for highlights, which will bring life to the wolf’s gaze. Then, draw the mouth line extending from the bottom of the snout to further define the facial features

Filling in the eyes and drawing the mouth line for a wolf head 3/4 view - step 04
Complete the eyes with highlights and define the mouth line

Step 05 – Refine the eye area by adding details and contours that give the eyes a realistic and expressive look

Adding eye details in step 5 of drawing a wolf's head in 3/4 view
Add details around the eyes to enhance expression

Step 06 – Continue the sketch by drawing the bottom part of the snout / jaw, ensuring it aligns with the rest of the facial features. Add the side to the top head outline

Sketching the lower snout and head outline for a 3/4 view wolf drawing - step 06
Draw the lower snout and complete the head outline for a 3/4 view

Step 07 – Sketch the outline of the wolf’s ears, paying close attention to their pointed shape and positioning. The ear closer to the viewer should be more detailed, showing outer fur at the base and contour lines that suggest depth and texture

Drawing the detailed shape of the ears on the wolf's head - step 07
Illustrating the wolf’s ears to capture its alertness and wild essence

Step 08 – Refine the first ear, giving it a fuller shape and adding texture to represent fur

Refining the ears and side profile of the wolf's head - step 08
Defining the wolf’s side profile and ear structure for a realistic portrayal

Step 09 – Incorporate fur details in the neck area

Adding fur texture to the wolf's neck - step 09
Enhancing the wolf’s neck with fur texture

Step 10 – Carefully draw the inner details of the ears, the areas where whiskers emerge, and the subtle lines around the eyes to convey expression. This step involves adding the final touches that bring the drawing to life

Finalizing the inner ear, whisker area, and eye details - step 10
Completing the wolf’s head with detailed inner ear, whiskers, and eye accents

Step 11 – Finish your drawing by erasing the base sketch and any unnecessary lines. Refine any remaining details to ensure the wolf’s head looks cohesive and polished. The final illustration should capture the wild and noble spirit of the wolf, with all features clearly defined and proportionate

Complete and clean drawing of the wolf's head in 3/4 view - step 11
The final illustration of the wolf’s head, showcasing the culmination of detailed steps

Drawing a Sitting Wolf (Front View) in 16 Steps

How to draw a sitting wolf front view - a step-by-step guide
How to draw a sitting wolf front view

The ninth guide in this series invites you to capture the calm and steady presence of a sitting wolf, viewed from the front. This tutorial is carefully broken down into 16 steps, starting with three fundamental steps to sketch out the basic shape and posture of the wolf. These initial sketches are critical in achieving the correct proportions and angles of the sitting wolf. As you progress, you’ll add layers of detail that bring the wolf to life, from the texture of its fur to the serene expression on its face.

Step 01 – Begin your sitting wolf drawing by sketching the lower part of the head with a gentle curve for about one-third of the head’s height. Then, draw a semi-circular curve above it to complete the top two-thirds of the head. Divide this space in half horizontally and sketch a ‘U’ shape in the center for the snout, marking the eye placement with two small circles at the ends of the ‘U’ curve

Step-by-step guide on how to draw a sitting wolf front view starting with the head shape - step 01
Initial head shape sketch for a sitting wolf drawing

Step 02 – For the next step, extend two lines down from the head to form the neck. Draw the larger shape of the body beneath the neck, resembling a rounded rectangle. At the base of the body, sketch two elongated shapes on either side for the front legs, making sure they’re proportionate to the head and body

Second step of drawing a sitting wolf front view showing neck, body, and front legs shapes
Adding the neck, body, and front legs to the sitting wolf sketch

Step 03 – Now shape the rear part of the body with a large oval-like shape. Add the rear legs by drawing two extended shapes down from the body, tapering towards the paws. Sketch the tail with a long, flowing curve emanating from the back of the body, giving it a bushy appearance

How to draw a sitting wolf front view with shapes for the rear legs and tail - step 03
Sketching the rear part of the body, rear legs, and tail

Step 04 – In this step, refine the mouth by outlining the bottom part of the ‘U’ shape snout. Shape the eyes with more definition by turning the circular marks into the characteristic almond-shaped eyes of the wolf

Detailing the mouth and eyes in a step-by-step sitting wolf drawing guide - step 04
Outlining the mouth and eyes in the sitting wolf’s head sketch

Step 05 – Enhance the eyes by adding filled-in pupils with small blank dots for highlights to bring life to your sitting wolf drawing. Outline the nose at the bottom of the snout. Create a fur texture by sketching rounded strokes from the mouth towards the eyes, framing the face

Adding facial features to a sitting wolf drawing with detailed steps - step 05
Drawing the pupils, nose outline, and fur texture for a sitting wolf’s face

Step 06 – Draw the bottom part of the wolf’s snout, fill in the nose at the bottom, and add two small circles for nostrils. Depict fur above the eyes and on the outer sides with short strokes, giving your sitting wolf drawing a more realistic texture

Step-by-step facial detailing of a sitting wolf drawing focusing on the snout - step 06
Illustrating the lower snout and adding fur details above the eyes

Step 07 – Mimic the fur texture around the wolf’s head by using short, sharp strokes to frame the face

Creating fur texture around the wolf's head in a sitting wolf drawing guide - step 07
Sketching the fur outline around the sitting wolf’s head

Step 08 – Sketch the ears and refine the top of the head. Draw two pointed ears atop the head using quick, short strokes to represent fur

Final touches on ears and head top in a step-by-step sitting wolf drawing tutorial - step 08
Adding the ears and top of the head

Step 09 – Start adding whiskers extending from the snout’s sides. Sketch fine lines between the eyes and above the snout to suggest fur detail. Detail the inner ears with tufts of fur to give them depth and texture

Adding whiskers and detailed fur to the snout in a sitting wolf drawing - step 09
Sketching detailed facial fur and whiskers

Step 10 – For this step, draw thick, shaggy fur around the wolf’s neck, using short strokes to create a layered and dense fur effect. This is an important feature in learning how to draw a sitting wolf, as it gives the animal its robust and wild appearance

Illustrating the thick neck fur of a sitting wolf in a drawing guide - step 10
Drawing the lush neck fur

Step 11 – Continue by drawing another layer of fur below the first, using the same short stroke technique to build volume and the impression of a thick coat

Creating the lower layer of neck fur in a sitting wolf drawing tutorial - step 11
Adding the second layer of fur

Step 12 – Define the front legs by outlining them down to the paws with short strokes, creating the illusion of fur. Pay attention to the wolf’s muscular structure while keeping the lines soft to maintain the furry texture

Outlining the front legs and paws of a sitting wolf in a drawing - step 12
Defining the front legs and paws of a sitting wolf

Step 13 – Draw the front paws, adding individual toes and thick pads to give them a realistic look. Ensure that the paws are proportional to the legs and body to maintain the accuracy

Sketching the front paws of a sitting wolf drawing step-by-step - step 13
Detailing the front paws

Step 14 – Illustrate the rear paws with attention to the pads. Then, add short fur strokes on the visible parts of the body

Drawing the rear paws and body fur in a sitting wolf illustration - step 14
Sketching the rear paws and adding body fur details

Step 15 – Create the fur outline on the rear legs to depict the sitting position, ensuring that the fur follows the contours of the legs. Extend the fur strokes onto the tail to give it a full and bushy look

Crafting the sitting position fur outline and tail of a wolf drawing - step 15
Outlining the fur on the rear legs and tail

Step 16 – To complete this guide on how to draw a sitting wolf, carefully erase all the base sketches and any unnecessary marks. If you wish to finalize your drawing, go over it with ink or a darker tool to accentuate the lines and bring out the details, ensuring your sitting wolf illustration is clear and defined

Finalized sitting wolf drawing with erased base sketches - step 16
The completed sitting wolf drawing ready for inking

Drawing a Sitting Wolf (Side View) in 15 Steps

How to draw a sitting wolf side view - a step-by-step guide
How to draw a sitting wolf side view

Oh! We made it to the tenth guide of the series. This time we’ll focus on the side profile of a sitting wolf. This instructional pathway unfolds in 15 steps, beginning with a couple of initial sketches that form the foundational pose of our subject. The basic sketch is essential for mapping out the wolf’s relaxed posture and its distinctive silhouette. As you follow through the steps, you will layer in the intricate details of the wolf’s fur, the poise of its head, and the thoughtful gaze that reflects its quiet awareness.

Step 01 – Start your drawing with a circle for the head and a larger circle for the bottom body, try to capture the basic shape of the body between the circles like it is shown in the image. For the snout, draw a long rectangle bent in a perspective of our view, draw a square-like shape for the front part, a curve for the mouth line, and a simple shape for the bottom part. Place an oval or an almond-like shape for the eye on the left angle of the top rectangle – almost like we did with the ‘U’ shapes above

Initial base shapes for head and body in a how to draw a sitting wolf guide - step 01
Starting with basic head and body shapes

Step 02 – Sketch simple geometric shapes for the legs, ensuring they’re in the correct position for a sitting pose. Draw a triangular shape for the tail’s base, giving a rough outline of its form

Simple leg and tail shapes added to a wolf drawing guide - step 02
Outlining the basic shapes for legs and tail

Step 03 – Define the upper part of the snout with a more detailed outline, including the nose and the line for the mouth

Detailing the upper snout and mouth line in a wolf drawing tutorial - step 03
Sketching the upper part of the snout, nose, and mouth of a sitting wolf

Step 04 – Use short, messy lines to replicate the fur texture on the forehead and outline the lower part of the snout. Using short messy strokes instead of smooth outlines will give your sketch a realistic touch

Creating a fur texture on the wolf's snout and forehead in a drawing - step 04
Sketching the bottom snout and forehead with fur texture

Step 05 – Sketch the ears on the top of the wolf’s head, using pointed triangular shapes to represent the alert and perky nature of the wolf’s ears

Adding the ears to the wolf sketch in a step-by-step drawing guide - step 05
Drawing the ears

Step 06 – For this step, add the eye to your sitting wolf drawing, making sure it’s the correct shape and size for the wolf’s face. Position the eye carefully to give the right expression to the wolf, and leave some black space inside for the highlight

Illustrating the eye in a detailed guide on how to draw a sitting wolf - step 06
Sketching the eye

Step 07 – Now, let’s add details to the inner ear and some fur strokes around the eye

Adding inner ear and around the eye details in a wolf drawing - step 07
Detailing the inner ear and areas around the eye in a sitting wolf sketch

Step 08 – Start adding side-of-head details, including whisker marks and additional fur strokes on the forehead, to fully capture the wolf’s wild and natural appearance

Finalizing the head details with whisker marks in a sitting wolf drawing - step 08
Completing the head details with whisker marks and fur

Step 09 – For this step in your sitting wolf drawing, create the outline of the neck using short lines to mimic the texture of fur

Creating neck fur outline in a step-by-step guide on how to draw a sitting wolf - step 09
Drawing the neck fur

Step 10 – Draw the front leg closest to the viewer with attention to the muscular structure and joint placement. Use short strokes for the fur on the upper part, and transition to smoother lines down to the paws

Detailed sketch of the front leg in a sitting wolf drawing guide - step 10
Illustrating the first front leg in a sitting wolf side view

Step 11 – Carefully outline the back of your sitting wolf, adding fur texture with short, jagged lines. This will give the wolf’s coat a fluffy and realistic appearance

Back outline and fur texture in a how to draw a sitting wolf side view tutorial - step 11
Sketching the back outline

Step 12 – Illustrate the wolf’s tail with a series of flowing lines to capture its bushiness

Adding a bushy tail in a sitting wolf drawing instruction - step 12
Drawing the tail

Step 13 – Add the second front leg and the rear leg that’s bent in a sitting position behind the tail. Ensure that the lines indicate the proper folding and placement of the legs in a relaxed sitting pose

Sketching the second front leg and rear leg in a sitting position for a wolf drawing - step 13
Detailing the second front leg and the visible rear leg

Step 14 – Complete the underbody of your sitting wolf by sketching the belly line and the rear paw

Finalizing the belly and rear paw in a sitting wolf sketch - step 14
Completing the belly outline and rear paw

Step 15 – To finish your how to draw a sitting wolf side view, carefully erase any remaining pencil marks and unnecessary lines. If desired, go over the sketch with ink to finalize the drawing, enhancing the clean outlines and fur details

Finished sitting wolf side view drawing with clean outlines
Finalized drawing of a sitting wolf in side view

Illustrating a Standing Wolf (Side View) in 13 Steps

How to draw a standing wolf side view - step-by-step guide
How to draw a standing wolf side view

Continuing to the eleventh guide, we approach the challenge of drawing a standing wolf in a side view. This guide is organized into 13 steps, starting with three initial sketches that help you establish the basic structure and stance of the wolf. As you progress through the steps, you will refine the shape, adding the texture of the fur and the details that bring the wolf’s muscular form and alert posture to life. The end result is a portrayal of a wolf standing with confidence, ready to be admired for its wild appearance and poise.

Step 01 – Start by drawing the shape of the wolf’s head. It’s almost the same as we did in the previous guide

Outline drawing of a wolf's head for a wolf side view drawing guide - step 01
Beginning the side view wolf drawing with the head outline

Step 02 – Draw two additional shapes for the body: a larger circle for the midsection, about twice the size of the head, and another circle of the same size as the head for the lower body. Position these circles to form the basic shape of the wolf’s body and connect them with smooth lines to establish the wolf’s neck, back and underbelly

Basic shapes for the wolf's body in a side view drawing tutorial - step 02
Adding the body circles

Step 03 – Add simple outlines for the legs and tail. The front legs should extend downward from the body, with the paws touching what will be the ground line. The hind legs are drawn with a bit more shape to show the muscle structure. The tail should extend from the back with a slight curve

Sketch of a wolf's legs and tail in a drawing guide for a wolf side view - step 03
Sketching the legs and tail

Step 04 – Refine the wolf’s head by drawing the upper part of the snout and the forehead. Add the outline for the nose at the tip of the snout and fill it in, and draw a line for the mouth

Detailing the wolf's snout and forehead in a wolf side view drawing - step 04
Outlining the upper part of the snout and forehead

Step 05 – Draw the lower part of the snout and add the ears. The snout should connect to the upper outline created in the previous step, and the ears should be pointed and positioned atop the head

Completing the snout and adding ears to the wolf side view drawing - step 05
Drawing the bottom part of the snout and ears

Step 06 – Sketch the eye, ensuring it’s the correct size and shape. Detail the inside of the ears to give them depth

Adding the eye and detailing the ears in a step-by-step wolf side view drawing - step 06
Sketching the eye and detailing the ears in the wolf side view drawing

Step 07 – Finish the drawing by adding whisker marks, fur textures along the side of the head, and above the eye

Final details and textures added to a wolf side view drawing guide - step 07
Adding whisker marks and fur texture

Step 08 – Outline the wolf’s neck and back using short strokes to simulate the texture of fur. Ensure these lines flow naturally with the body’s form, giving the wolf a full and realistic coat

Drawing fur texture on the wolf's neck and back for a side view wolf drawing - step 08
Creating fur detail along the wolf’s neck and back

Step 09 – Sketch the rear leg that is closer to us. Begin with the thigh, tapering down to the knee, and finish with the lower leg and paw, making sure to capture the muscular appearance and correct proportions of the wolf’s limb

Illustrating the rear leg of a wolf in a side view drawing guide - step 09
Drawing the first rear leg of the wolf

Step 10 – Now, draw the front leg, starting from the lower part of the middle circle and working your way down to the paw. Pay attention to the angles of the joints and the placement of the leg to ensure it looks natural and supports the wolf’s stance

Drawing the front leg of a wolf in a side view sketch - step 10
Sketching the front leg

Step 11 – Add details to the underbelly and the tail of the wolf. The belly should be drawn with a series of short strokes (for fur), those should form a slight curve upwards towards the hind legs, and the tail should have a bushy appearance, with lines to suggest fur texture

Detailing the wolf's underbelly and tail in a side view drawing - step 11
Detailing the underbelly and tail

Step 12 – Complete the drawing by sketching the remaining two legs and adding small fur texture details across the body

Finalizing the wolf's legs and adding fur texture in a side view drawing - step 12
Finalizing the legs and adding fur details to the wolf drawing

Step 13 – The final optional step is to ink your drawing for a clean, finished look, and erase any remaining pencil marks and the basic sketch. This step will highlight the detailed work you’ve put into learning how to draw a wolf side view and give your wolf drawing a professional appearance. Remember to let the ink dry before erasing to avoid smudging, and use a fine-tip pen to capture all the delicate textures you’ve created. This final step truly brings your wolf to life, making it ready to leap off the page

Finished inked drawing of a wolf in side view
The completed side view wolf drawing after inking and cleaning

Draw a Sitting Wolf with Head Turned Back in 16 Steps

How to draw a sitting wolf with head turned back - step-by-step guide
How to draw a sitting wolf with head turned back

The twelfth guide brings a twist, quite literally, as we learn to draw a sitting wolf with its head turned back. The guide spans 16 steps, with the initial three steps dedicated to creating a basic sketch that outlines the wolf’s seated body and the unique turn of its head. This pose captures a moment of reflection or alertness, adding a narrative element to your drawing. The final depiction will have the wolf’s fur rendered in detailed strokes, and its eyes casting a backward glance, combining to create a sense of movement and character.

When drawing animals in such dynamic poses, it’s helpful to understand the basic anatomy of the subject. For this illustration, pay special attention to the twist in the neck and the way the shoulders and hips align. This knowledge helps in rendering the turn of the head with a natural and believable posture. I tried to make the steps as easy as possible, and hope you’ll enjoy the process.

Step 01 – Begin with the familiar head shape as outlined in previous guides. This forms the basis of the wolf’s head, with attention to the snout and the area where the eyes will be placed

Sketch of a wolf's head for a sitting wolf side view drawing - step 01
Starting the sitting wolf drawing with the head shape

Step 02 – Draw the neck coat shape extending downwards and then add a circle for the bottom body. Connect these two with lines that will define the contour of the wolf’s body, taking care to make the body appear seated

Neck and body shapes for a sitting wolf drawing - step 02
Defining the wolf’s neck and body with simple shapes

Step 03 – Create simple outlines for the wolf’s legs and tail. The legs should be drawn to convey the wolf’s seated posture, with the tail resting on one side

Basic outlines for a wolf's legs and tail in a sitting position - step 03
Sketching the initial shapes for the legs and tail

Step 04 – Sketch the upper part of the snout, fill in the nose shape at the tip, and draw a line for the mouth, giving careful attention to the wolf’s profile

Outlining the upper snout and facial features of a sitting wolf - step 04
Drawing the upper part of the snout and facial features

Step 05 – Draw the bottom part of the snout and continue the outline to the top of the head. Add the first ear, ensuring it’s in the correct position relative to the head

Completing the snout and head of a sitting wolf drawing - step 05
Finishing the snout and adding the top of the head and first ear

Step 06 – Place the eye on the face with a calm and attentive expression, considering the turn of the head and the direction of the wolf’s gaze

Adding the eye to a side view of a sitting wolf drawing - step 06
Sketching the eye

Step 07 – Add the second ear to the head, matching the first ear’s position and size, completing the symmetry of the head

Sketching the second ear on a side view of a sitting wolf - step 07
Drawing the second ear

Step 08 – Finish the ears by adding inner lines to suggest depth and fur texture, which gives the wolf’s ears a realistic and attentive look

Detailing the ears of a sitting wolf in a drawing - step 08
Adding details to the ears of the sitting wolf

Step 09 – Enhance the head with fur details, especially on the side and around the eye. Use short strokes to suggest the texture and direction of the fur

Adding fur detail to the wolf's head in a sitting position drawing - step 09
Detailing the head fur

Step 10 – Depict the thick fur around the wolf’s neck. The strokes should be longer than those on the head to show the difference in fur length and to give a fuller appearance

Illustrating the fur on the neck of a sitting wolf - step 10
Drawing the neck fur

Step 11 – Draw the back line continuing into the tail. Add fur texture to the tail, making it appear bushy and full, which is characteristic of wolves

Sketching the back and tail fur of a sitting wolf - step 11
Outlining the wolf’s back and tail with fur details

Step 12 – Define the chest area and sketch the nearest front leg. Ensure the leg is correctly proportioned and the paw is firmly placed on the ground

Drawing the chest and front leg of a sitting wolf - step 12
Sketching the chest and the foremost front leg

Step 13 – Create the shape of the rear leg, showing the bent posture as the wolf sits. The leg should tuck under the body with the paw just visible

Shaping the rear leg of a seated wolf in a drawing - step 13
Detailing the rear leg on the sitting wolf

Step 14 – Complete the leg outlines, ensuring they support the wolf’s seated posture. The far legs should be less detailed due to perspective

Finalizing the legs of a sitting wolf sketch - step 14
Drawing the remaining legs of the seated wolf

Step 15 – Refine the drawing with fur details on the body, legs, and neck. Add whisker marks and facial features to bring realism to the sketch

Adding intricate fur details to a wolf drawing - step 15
Enhancing the drawing with fur, whisker marks, and facial details

Step 16 – Finish the drawing by erasing any remaining construction lines and optionally inking over the sketch for a polished look. This step emphasizes the depth and detail of your work, highlighting the majestic posture and keen expression typical of wolves

Completed inked sketch of a sitting wolf - step 16
Final inking of the sitting wolf drawing

How to Draw a Running Wolf (Side View) in 12 Steps

How to draw a running wolf - side view step-by-step drawing guide
How to draw a running wolf

The thirteenth guide in the series captures the swift motion of a running wolf from a side view. This guide is divided into 12 steps, starting with two for the basic sketch that lays the foundation for the wolf’s body in motion. Focusing on the stride and the flow of the fur, you will depict the wolf’s powerful legs and streamlined body designed for speed. The final drawing will convey the wolf’s agile movement and the graceful, yet potent energy that these animals are known for.

When illustrating motion, it’s important to consider the position of the legs and the angle of the body. Observe how the wolf’s legs are extended and the body is angled to suggest forward momentum. Capturing the essence of movement in a still image relies on these subtleties. Also, note how the fur contours to the body, highlighting the direction of movement. Keep your lines fluid to reflect the wolf’s swift pace and allow the drawing to express the elegance of its run.

Step 01 – Start your drawing with a head shape similar to previous side view wolf drawings. Create a larger circle for the widest part of the body and a circle slightly larger than the head shape for the lower body. Draw lines connecting the two body circles and the head shape to establish the wolf’s body

Outline sketch of a wolf's head and body circles for a running wolf drawing guide - step 01
Begin your running wolf drawing with the foundational shapes for the head and body

Step 02 – For the second step, sketch the outlines for the wolf’s legs and tail. Position the leg shapes to capture the motion of running, with the rear legs extended backward and the front legs reaching forward. The tail shape should flow with the movement

Adding leg and tail shapes to the running wolf drawing step by step - step 02
The second step introduces the leg and tail shapes

Step 03 – Now refine the wolf’s head by adding the snout, chin, and forehead. The snout should protrude forward, with the chin underneath it, and the forehead rising above, all aligning to suggest a forward motion

Sketching the snout, chin, and forehead for a running wolf drawing - step 03
Defining the wolf’s head features

Step 04 – In this step, focus on the facial details by drawing the eye, nose, and ears. Place the eye keenly gazing forward, the nose at the tip of the snout, and the ears perked up to capture the wolf’s alertness as it runs

Detailing the eye, nose, and ears in a step-by-step running wolf drawing - step 04
Adding facial details

Step 05 – Enhance the head with whisker marks and add small details around the eye to give expression. Sketch the inner details of the ears to give them depth and texture, completing the wolf’s head

Fine detailing around the eye and ear in a running wolf drawing - step 05
Enhancing the running wolf’s head with whisker marks and ear details

Step 06 – Outline the wolf’s neck, back, and chest fur using short strokes to represent the fur’s texture. These outlines should suggest the flow and direction of the fur as it’s swept back by the wolf’s swift movement

Outlining the neck, back, and chest fur for a running wolf drawing - step 06
Creating the fur outline for the neck, back, and chest

Step 07 – Illustrate the hind leg nearest to us, paying attention to the joint and muscle structure to convey power and movement. The leg should be bent, showing the force of the push-off as the wolf runs

Sketching the hind leg of a wolf in motion for a running wolf drawing - step 07
Drawing the closer hind leg to showcase the wolf’s running stance

Step 08 – Now, draw the front leg that is reaching forward. This leg should convey the pulling action in the wolf’s run, with attention to the bends in the joints that indicate forward motion

Drawing the front leg of a wolf in a running wolf drawing tutorial - step 08
Adding the forward-reaching front leg

Step 09 – Sketch the belly line (again with short strokes) to connect the chest and hindquarters, curving it slightly to reflect the wolf’s anatomy in motion. Then, add the tail, ensuring it complements the direction of movement for balance and action

Detailing the belly and tail in a step-by-step guide for drawing a running wolf - step 09
Sketching the underbelly and the tail

Step 10 – Add the remaining legs, considering their position and form in relation to the wolf’s running motion. Ensure that the far limbs are proportionate and aligned with the wolf’s body dynamics

Completing the limbs in a running wolf drawing guide - step 10
Finalizing the wolf’s limbs to complete the running motion

Step 11 – Draw fur details on the side of the head and one the muscle structure on the limbs to give your wolf depth and texture. Use short strokes to suggest fur

Adding fur texture and muscle details to a running wolf illustration - step 11
Refining the wolf’s fur and muscle details

Step 12 – This is the last optional step in the how to draw a running wolf guide. Finish your drawing by erasing the base sketch and any unnecessary lines. You can choose to ink the sketch for a more defined illustration.

Finalized drawing of a running wolf after erasing the sketch lines - step 12
Completing the running wolf drawing by cleaning up the sketch

Draw a Howling Wolf on a Cliff in 14 Steps

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

Congratulations! You have reached the fourteenth and final guide. It will show you how to draw a howling wolf perched atop a cliff. With a slight upward perspective, the viewer is invited to look up to this majestic creature. This guide unfolds in 14 steps, with the first two laying down the basic sketch that frames the wolf’s open mouth and raised head in a primal howl. As the tutorial was the first created for this series, it showcases a different style with smoother lines and more pronounced shading, which brings out the wolf’s fur texture and the ruggedness of the cliff it stands on.

The varied styles across the guides in this tutorial reflect the time elapsed between their creations. This howling wolf, with its contrast shades and contours, was the first drawing for this tutorial series. If you are interested in a more simplified or stylized version, such as a silhouette, I also have a separate drawing guide for a howling wolf silhouette that might be just what you’re looking for.

Step 01 – Begin by drawing a circle for the wolf’s head and a circle twice that size for the middle body, representing the widest part. Add a middle-sized circle (between the head and body) for the lower body. For the snout, draw two rectangular shapes to indicate the open mouth. Include one ear shape and use smooth lines to connect the circles, forming the basic body shape of the howling wolf

Basic shapes for the head and body of a howling wolf drawing - step 01
Starting the howling wolf drawing with fundamental shapes

Step 02 – Map out the cliff with simple lines to establish where the wolf is howling from. Add basic shapes for the legs to show the wolf’s posture, with the legs supporting its body as it tilts its head upward in a howl

Sketching the cliff and legs for a howling wolf drawing - step 02
Outlining the wolf’s stance on a cliff in the howling position

Step 03 – Outline the mouth and nose of the wolf. The mouth should be wide open in a howling position, with the nose placed at the top of the muzzle, capturing the essence of the howl

Drawing the outline of the mouth and nose for a howling wolf - step 03
Defining the howling wolf’s mouth and nose

Step 04 – Draw the transition from the snout to the neck, and outline the top of the head and ear, refining the wolf’s profile as it throws its head back to howl

Shaping the transition from the snout to the neck and the head of the howling wolf - step 04
Refining the wolf’s snout, neck, and head

Step 05 – Sketch the neck fur coat with fluid lines to give it volume and texture. Fill in the inner ear area and detail the bottom fangs and mouth area to define the howl. Add a closed eye shape to convey the wolf’s emotional howling expression

Adding fur and facial details to the howling wolf's neck and head - step 05
Illustrating detailed features of the howling wolf’s expression

Step 06 – Frame the middle part of the body with short, smooth strokes to mimic the fur’s texture, giving the impression of the wolf’s thick coat

Detailing the fur on the body of the howling wolf - step 06
Drawing the fur texture

Step 07 – Draw the front leg with attention to the muscle structure and joints, and sketch the top part of the cliff. The paw hidden behind the cliff

Finalizing the front leg and cliff top in the howling wolf drawing - step 07
Completing the front leg and the cliff detail

Step 08 – Detail the wolf’s back and the rear leg, following the natural curve and musculature for realism. Also, shape the form of the cliff to provide a solid base for the wolf’s stance

Sketching the back and hidden rear leg of a howling wolf - step 08
Drawing the back and obscured rear leg

Step 09 – Sketch the belly fur with gentle strokes to give a soft texture, and draw the tail with a flow that balances the composition

Adding the belly fur and tail to the howling wolf sketch - step 09
Illustrating the belly fur and the tail of the howling wolf

Step 10 – Form the detailed shapes of the lower body and legs, ensuring they are ready for shading. Pay attention to the muscle definition and joint positioning for a natural appearance

Refining the shape of the lower body and legs of a howling wolf - step 10
Refining the wolf’s body and leg shapes

Step 11 – Fill in the shapes from the previous step with shading, leaving blank areas for highlights. Add a fur frame around the chest area to enhance the three-dimensional form of the wolf

Shading the body of the howling wolf to enhance dimensionality - step 11
Shading the wolf’s body to add depth

Step 12 – Apply texture to the fur on the head, neck, body, and limbs, using various stroke lengths to simulate fur’s natural appearance. Include whisker marks to add detail to the wolf’s expression

Texturing the fur on the howling wolf's head, neck, body, and limbs - step 12
Texturing the fur and adding whisker marks to the howling wolf

Step 13 – Optionally, add bold shading to the cliff to create contrast and focus on the wolf. This step brings shape and depth to the cliff

Bold shading of the cliff in the howling wolf drawing for contrast - step 13
Finalizing the howling wolf’s cliff with bold shading for impact

Step 14 – Gently erase any remaining basic sketch lines, marks, and stains. Optionally, ink the drawing for a polished look. Throughout this tutorial, you’ve learned not only how to draw wolves in a natural setting but also how to capture their likeness in a multitude of different poses and styles!

Completed howling wolf drawing after cleaning up the sketch lines - step 14
The completed howling wolf drawing, free of sketch lines

And there you have it! We’ve explored together how to draw wolves in various styles and poses, from the simple to the intricate. Whether you’ve followed each guide closely or taken your own creative liberties, the hope is that you’ve found joy and growth in your artistic journey.

What was your experience like using these guides? Which wolf was your favorite to draw, and which challenged you the most? Your feedback is not just welcome, it’s invaluable—so please, leave a comment with your thoughts, share your creations, and let’s continue to learn from each other.

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Each stroke you put on paper is a step forward in your artistic journey. Keep practicing, keep challenging yourself, and most importantly, keep enjoying the process of creating. Until our next drawing adventure, keep those pencils sharp and your creativity flowing!

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