The process is basically the same whether you’re drawing a front view or side view, a howling wolf or a sleeping one. Begin drawing the wolf as you would other four-legged creatures like dogs, using curved lines to make shapes that represent the wolf’s head, rib cage and pelvis, along with hinged rectangles for hind legs and front legs. Draw two triangles on top of the head for ears, noting that wolves’ ears tend to be proportionally smaller than those of a German shepherd. Draw a cone or oval to represent the snout.
Using your reference photos to guide you, start turning those basic shapes into a wolf by connecting and smoothing the lines. Sketch new lines to fix any mistakes in proportion.
Remember that part of being a good artist is being a good eraser. At this point, you can begin erasing your guidelines or, if you’re drawing digitally, hide the outline layer.