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.
Refining your wolf.
When your wolf has a recognizable silhouette and major features, you can begin filling in the details. Bring out the body contours, shading in the shadows and suggesting muscles and variations in the fur. Recheck your reference photos to note the direction and texture of the fur. Also note how the light hits the ears and nose. Don’t forget the tail, which tends to be longer and bushier than a dog’s.
Here you can break out the colored pencils or digital brushes. With Adobe Fresco, you can experiment with a huge variety of brushes to get just the right texture or effect.