The gray wolf (scientific name, Canis lupus) is an animal both feared and admired. The ancestors of domestic dogs, wolves are known for their iconic howling. They are large pack hunters that can weigh as much as 175 pounds. Some cultures fear the wolf – in many parts of their range, throughout Europe and North America, wolves have been hunted almost to extinction by farmers hoping to protect their livestock.
To some Native American tribes, however, wolves are sacred animals. For example, among the Cherokee, only members of the family line known as the Wolf Clan could kill a wolf, and then only under certain circumstances. Wolves still play a pivotal role in Native American art – as well as popular culture – today.
Would you like to draw your very own gray wolf? If so, simply follow this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial to learn how. You will need a piece of paper, an eraser, and a drawing implement, such as a pencil. You may also want to have crayons, colored pencils, or markers on hand to color your completed wolf.
Each step in this drawing guide is illustrated with a detailed picture. In each example picture, the new lines drawn in that step are highlighted in light blue. All other lines are shown in black. You will want to sketch your lines lightly at first, as some lines will need to be erased in order to complete the drawing.
Are you ready to draw a gray wolf? You are in for a howling good time.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Wolf
Draw the fur of the neck extending downward from the head. This fur consists of a series of alternating long and short curved lines. The lines meet sharply to form jagged points.
Draw the right front leg consisting of three curved lines. Begin the rear right leg by drawing one curved line.
Add detail to the fur. Using short, curved lines that join in jagged points, draw tufts of fur at the base of each ear. Add similar details to the chest, shoulders, rump, and legs. Use a curved line to extend the line of the stomach across the rear leg.
Draw each of the four feet. For each foot, connect a roughly “U” shaped curved line to the end of each set of leg lines.
Draw a short, curved line at the tip of the snout, and extend a short line upwards from the curve. Atop this line, draw the nose, a round shape slightly pointed at the bottom.
Using short, curved lines, add detail to the face – between the eyes, beneath the eyes, and on either side of the snout.
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