How to Draw a Wolf

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Learn how to draw a great looking Wolf with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Wolf.

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Complete Wolf drawing
Complete Wolf drawing

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.

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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.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Wolf

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How to Draw a Great Looking Wolf for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

How to draw a wolf Step: 01

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

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 2

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

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 3

How to draw a wolf Step: 03

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

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Erase the guide lines formed by the original circle.

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How to draw a wolf Step: 05

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.

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How to draw a wolf Step: 06

Draw a half circle encompassing the fur lines just drawn.

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

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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.

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How to draw a wolf Step: 09

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

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 10

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

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 11

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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.

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 12

How to draw a 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.

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 13

How to draw a 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.

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 14

How to draw a wolf Step: 14

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

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Draw each eye using two short, curved lines.

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

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How to draw a 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.

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How to draw a wolf Step: 18

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

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 19

How to draw a 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.

Easy Wolf Drawing - Step 20

How to draw a 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.

For more great Dogs drawing tutorials, see the 50 Easy and Fun Dogs Drawing Ideas post.

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