Drawings to Help You Learn How to Draw a Wolf

Learn how to draw a wolf with this collection of my favorite wolf drawing ideas 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.

Beginner Wolf Drawing

WOLF FACE DRAWING
Artist Credit: countessileana

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

Realistic Wolf Drawing

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

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 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!

Wolves Using Graphite Pencils

THREE WOLVES SKETCHES
Artist Credit: wolf-minori

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

Powerful Expression

WOLF HOWLING WITH FANGS
Artist Credit: wolf-minori

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

Howling Wolf

WOLF IN THE SNOW
Artist Credit: AmBr0

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

Step-by-Step Tutorial

WOLF HOWLING AT MOON

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

Wolf in Progress

WOLF IN PROGRESS
Artist Credit: joannaridleyart

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.

Realistic Textures

WOLF WITH REALISTIC FUR
Artist Credit: patrycjapacholskaart

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

Practice Drawing Wolf Paws

WOLF PAW ANATOMY
Artist Credit: wolf-minori

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

Cross-Hatching Art

CROSS HATCHING WOLF DRAWING
Artist Credit: valebia1

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

Wolf Pup and Butterfly

WOLF PUP DRAWING WITH BUTTERFLY
Artist Credit: hheleri

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

Wolf in the Snow

FANTASY WOLF IN THE SNOW WITH BLUE EYES

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.

Wolf with Leaves

FANTASY WOLF WITH FALL THEME

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.

How to Draw Canine Paws

HOW TO DRAW DOG PAWS
Artist Credit: Chickenbusiness

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 a Wolf Video

EASY WOLF DRAWING
Artist Credit: TheMysticWolf

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

Wolf Study

WOLF PAW ANATOMY
Artist Credit: AdothWolf

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

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.

Easy Sketch References

WOLVES FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES
Artist Credit: TheMysticWolf

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

Beautiful Wolf Art

WOLF ART PIECE
Artist Credit: wolve_rine97

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

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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