How to Draw a Tribal Wolf

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Tattooing is an ancient art that has been practiced since prehistoric times. When European settlers arrived in North America, many of their reports expressed surprise at the bodily decoration of the native peoples. Today, some people get tattoos with Native American-inspired designs, hearkening back to this history. These are often referred to as tribal tattoos.

The tribal wolf design is a popular example. The wolf, one of the largest North American predators, held deep symbolism for Native American peoples. According to the creation myth of the Pawnee, the wolf stole a bag that contained the first humans. When they were released, they killed the wolf, making him the first victim of death. Other groups believed that a wolf created the world.

Many tribes called upon the wolf for bravery, hunting skills, unity, or healing. The Omaha people have a legend of a wolf that guided a warrior back to his camp. The Cherokee had a "wolf clan" who would never kill a wolf.

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Tattoo-style tribal designs are also used on clothing, vehicle stickers, and other media as a form of self-expression.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of a tribal style howling wolf? This easy, step-by-step tribal cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Baby Wolf, Wolf, and Chibi Wolf.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Tribal Wolf

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 1
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line. This will be the underside of the wolf's neck. At its base, draw a zigzag line using curved lines of various lengths. This forms the ruff of fur at the base of the neck. Then, use a series of successively shorter straight lines to draw a jagged spiral shape. Finally, draw lines parallel to each of these. Leave them unconnected at the top but connect them in the center of the spiral.

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 2
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 2

2. Draw a long curved line from the top of the figure, outlining the nose and brow. Draw parallel lines along the longest sections, but leave them unattached at the "corners." At the mouth, attach the inner lines with a curved line that doubles back upon itself to form the wolf's mouth. Use a short curved line to outline the nose. Use two curved lines to outline the round shape of the eye. At its corner, draw two straight lines that meet at a point.

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Tribal Wolf drawing - step 3
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 3

3. Draw the wolf's ear. Use a long curved line to outline the outer edge. Use several pairs of curved lines that meet at points to detail the inside, including the sharply pointed zigzag at the base of the ear.

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 4
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 4

4. Draw a pair of curved lines, and allow them to meet another pair of lines at a point. Then, extend another pair of curved lines.

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 5
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 5

5. Use a series of curved lines to enclose a rough spiral shape. Then, draw lines parallel to the first, connecting at the center of the spiral. Then, extend another pair of curved lines surrounding the spiral.

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 6
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 6

6. Use pairs of long, curved lines that meet at points to draw the wolf's fur. At the tip of one point, use pairs of straight lines to draw a jagged spiral shape.

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 7
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 7

7. Use straight lines to outline a zigzag or lightning bolt shape across the wolf's face.

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 8
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 8

8. Enclose an elongate teardrop shape along the wolf's snout.

Tribal Wolf drawing - step 9
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 9

9. Enclose another elongate teardrop shape along the wolf's snout to finish the tribal wolf drawing.

Complete Tribal Wolf drawing
How to Draw Tribal Wolf: Step 10

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