18 How to Draw a Wolf References and Tutorials

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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.

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WOLF FACE DRAWING

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

Artist Credit: countessileana

HOW TO DRAW A REALISTIC WOLF

Here’s a really helpful tutorial for drawing realistic wolves. The text written on the image is as follows:

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!

Artist Credit: yellow-eyes

THREE WOLVES SKETCHES

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

Artist Credit: wolf-minori

WOLF HOWLING WITH FANGS

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

Artist Credit: wolf-minori

WOLF IN THE SNOW

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

Artist Credit: AmBr0

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

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.

Artist Credit: joannaridleyart

WOLF WITH REALISTIC FUR

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

Artist Credit: patrycjapacholskaart

WOLF PAW ANATOMY

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

Artist Credit: wolf-minori

CROSS HATCHING WOLF DRAWING

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

Artist Credit: valebia1

WOLF PUP DRAWING WITH BUTTERFLY

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

Artist Credit: hheleri

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.

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 DOG PAWS

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

Artist Credit: Chickenbusiness

EASY WOLF DRAWING

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

Artist Credit: TheMysticWolf

WOLF PAW ANATOMY

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.

Artist Credit: AdothWolf

WOLVES FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES

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

Artist Credit: TheMysticWolf

WOLF ART PIECE

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

Artist Credit: wolve_rine97

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