How to Draw a Wolf

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.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Wolf, Simple Dog, and Cartoon Dog.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Wolf

How to Draw Wolf: Step 1

Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the wolf’s head.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 2

From each side of the circle, draw a curved line extending downward.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 3

Draw ears on top of the head. For each ear, draw three curved lines that converge in a point.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 4

Erase the guide lines formed by the original circle.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 5

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.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 6

Draw a half circle encompassing the fur lines just drawn.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 7

Draw another, irregular half circle extending to the left from the first.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 8

Draw a rear leg extending downward from the irregular half circle. The leg consists of two curved lines that get nearer to one another towards the bottom. Draw two curved lines to form the front leg, beginning from the middle and side of the first half circle.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 9

Draw the right front leg consisting of three curved lines. Begin the rear right leg by drawing one curved line.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 10

Erase the guide lines formed by the half circles from the body. The form of your wolf now becomes clear.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 11

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.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 12

Draw the tail. Begin with a long, curved line extending from the rump. Then, use a series of about seven shorter curved lines of varying lengths to add jagged details of fur and complete the tail.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 13

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.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 14

Draw toes within the feet. Do this by placing two curved lines at the end of each foot.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 15

Draw each eye using two short, curved lines.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 16

To form the snout, draw a wide “U” shaped line in the middle of the face.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 17

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.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 18

Detail the eyes. For each eye, draw a circle within a circle. Shade the inner circle.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 19

Using short, curved lines, add detail to the face – between the eyes, beneath the eyes, and on either side of the snout.

How to Draw Wolf: Step 20

Color your wolf. Gray wolves are often depicted as being varying shades of gray in color, but they can also be brown, black, reddish, or even white.

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