18 Drawings to Help You Learn How to Draw a Wolf

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Are you looking for wolf drawing ideas? Learn how to draw a wolf with this collection of my favorite wolf drawings from some pretty talented artists.

If you’re interested in drawing a realistic wolf, my biggest piece of advice is to learn the anatomy of the wolf. That’s why below, I’ve also included helpful anatomy tips and tutorials.

1. Beginner Wolf Drawing

This drawing makes a great reference for beginners. While it does have a lot of detail, this drawing is still achievable for newbies.

WOLF FACE DRAWING
Artist Credit: countessileana

2. Realistic Wolf Drawing

Here’s a really helpful tutorial for drawing realistic wolves. Check out the “how to draw a wolf advice” below to learn more about drawing a realistic wolf.

HOW TO DRAW A REALISTIC WOLF
Artist Credit: yellow-eyes

How to Draw a Wolf Advice

Before you start drawing wolves (or any other animal, actually) you must first get familiar with their anatomy. It’s impossible to draw wolves correctly without first having a look at their bones and muscles.

I’m not saying you have to study them, but just take your time to look at a wolf skeleton. You can find plenty of pictures on Google. You must know how many teeth and fingers a wolf has, their size, etc.

Before you start drawing, I’d recommend you to take a wolf encyclopedia and look at the pictures. Or just go to Google and type “wolf.” Or watch a documentary about wolves (which is really helpful).

Don’t reference your pictures from Balto or any other wolf cartoon. Before you stylize something, you must know how to draw it in a realistic way!

3. Wolves Using Graphite Pencils

These three beautiful drawings were created using Koh-i-noor Aquarelle pencils.

THREE WOLVES SKETCHES
Artist Credit: wolf-minori

4. Powerful Expression

Done with soft pastels and charcoal on grey paper, this drawing is amazing. The wolf’s expression is so powerful.

WOLF HOWLING WITH FANGS
Artist Credit: wolf-minori

5. Howling Wolf

I think my favorite thing about this howling wolf drawing is the colors that were chosen and how they were used.

WOLF IN THE SNOW
Artist Credit: AmBr0

6. Step-by-Step Tutorial

This drawing is actually part of a step-by-step tutorial from Dragoart. This tutorial makes drawing a howling wolf super easy.

WOLF HOWLING AT MOON

7. Wolf in Progress

Here’s a wolf in progress that uses browns and black for the fur colors. Even though this drawing isn’t complete, it still makes a great reference.

WOLF IN PROGRESS
Artist Credit: joannaridleyart

8. Realistic Textures

The textures look so real in this drawing. The artist used Faber-Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor Premier (black) pencils for this piece.

WOLF WITH REALISTIC FUR
Artist Credit: patrycjapacholskaart

9. Practice Drawing Wolf Paws

As I mentioned earlier, it’s so important that you learn and practice drawing the anatomy of any animal before getting started.

WOLF PAW ANATOMY
Artist Credit: wolf-minori

10. Cross-Hatching Art

If you enjoy cross-hatching art, here’s a beautiful black and white sketch of a wolf.

CROSS HATCHING WOLF DRAWING
Artist Credit: valebia1

11. Wolf Pup and Butterfly

I love this drawing of a wolf pup noticing a butterfly. This drawing was made with pencil sizes 3B, 8B, 5B, and HB.

WOLF PUP DRAWING WITH BUTTERFLY
Artist Credit: hheleri

12. Wolf in the Snow

Bajan Art creates some amazing fantasy-style art. The colors used here look so amazing together. I love the color of the wolf’s eyes as well.

FANTASY WOLF IN THE SNOW WITH BLUE EYES

13. Wolf with Leaves

If you’re an advanced artist, I know you’ll appreciate this amazing drawing by Bajan Art. This is a great fall-themed art piece.

FANTASY WOLF WITH FALL THEME

14. How to Draw Canine Paws

These simple notes for drawing dog paws are so helpful. This is a quick study for anyone looking for canine paw basics.

  1. Draw out the basic shape of the paw.
  2. Draw in the little square/rectangle parts of the feet.
  3. Add in the sloping and square-ish curved pad of the foot.
  4. Erase and draw carefully over the previous lines. Add in more curves.
HOW TO DRAW DOG PAWS
Artist Credit: Chickenbusiness

15. How to Draw a Wolf Video

This drawing was done using a YouTube video reference that you can watch from Mark Crilley.

EASY WOLF DRAWING
Artist Credit: TheMysticWolf

16. Wolf Study

Wolf studies are so helpful for perfecting the anatomy of the wolf before you begin drawing. This anatomy drawing includes notes such as:

WOLF PAW ANATOMY
Artist Credit: AdothWolf

Wolf Anatomy Advice

  • Wolves have four toes on each paw and a dewclaw only on their inner front paws. They don’t have dewclaws on their hind paws
  • The joints and bone structure are different in the back and front paws.

17. Easy Sketch References

Check out these sketches of the wolves from different angles. These make great references for anyone practicing drawing wolves.

WOLVES FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES
Artist Credit: TheMysticWolf

18. Beautiful Wolf Art

This drawing is absolutely stunning. If you’re looking for a reference that would make a great art piece, look no further.

WOLF ART PIECE
Artist Credit: wolve_rine97

Wolves are beautiful animals and make for great drawings. I hope you enjoyed looking at these wolf drawings as much as I have. If you’re feeling inspired, why not give drawing a wolf a try yourself?

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